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For some reason I have been hoarding 4 ..... 90 model wheels for years.  I thought when I had time I would trailer them to a recycling location 30 miles away.  I called the recycler, and out of curiosity asked what they would bring cash wise.....answer was $0.25 a pound........Is that right ?  Any other suggestions of what I can do with them please?  Thanks !

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Yard art? Bolt a plate and vertical post on them for supporting ropes to cordon off areas? Wait for the recycle price to increase? At the present price you might break even on a 60 mile round trip. 

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Nic,

Only four? :)

I have been sitting on these Reatta wheels for quite some time now.  My local junk yard has a pile of tens of thousands of aluminum wheels just sitting there.

Oops, if someone looks close there are four Corvette wheels in that pile.

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If you would put some lights on that tree and paint the wheels to look like presents you might have the first Reatta Christmas tree. :)

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Good Grief Charlie Brown.......or Jim :)     Excellent tree display for sure.  The Arbor Day Foundation would probably find the picture interesting.....

 

I was just holding on to the wheels for when I traveled close to the recycler - I was under the impression that the metal had some value - Wrooooong.  I will put a "for free" posting on the NextDoor site.

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1 hour ago, Jim said:

Nic,

Only four? :)

I have been sitting on these Reatta wheels for quite some time now.  My local junk yard has a pile of tens of thousands of aluminum wheels just sitting there.

Oops, if someone looks close there are four Corvette wheels in that pile.

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i have four in the attic.

i thought there was a national shortage of aluminum cans.

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24 minutes ago, handmedownreatta said:

i thought there was a national shortage of aluminum cans.

 

Aluminum cans maybe but not aluminum wheels. I've got 4 of the stock Reatta wheels in the attic myself.

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Why for how come cans are worth something, and the wheels not ?  Many years ago I remember a fellow that worked for me took several wheels to a recycler, and received 22-23.00 each......is there magnesium or something maybe mixed in with the aluminum lowering the value ?

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1 hour ago, Roadster90 said:

Why for how come cans are worth something, and the wheels not ?  Many years ago I remember a fellow that worked for me took several wheels to a recycler, and received 22-23.00 each......is there magnesium or something maybe mixed in with the aluminum lowering the value ?

They are alloy wheels with aluminum being the base metal but what the other metals are can vary. I imagine you are spot on regarding the purity of the material having a bearing on the value🤑 

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I've got four '91 sixteen inch Reatta wheels sitting in my cellar for what I seriously don't remember.

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OK - I still wondered....the recycler I called was run/owned by.....females :).  They quoted me $0.25 a pound or about $5 - 6.00 a wheel.  I just decided to call another recycling yard.........depending on the true weight of course....@  a $0.55 quote per pound I imagine the 4 wheels are ..... really ..... probably worth $45.00 to $50.00.  Mr. Finn, With that return you could take the Mrs. to dinner more that a couple of times I would think :) 

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On 3/5/2021 at 12:42 PM, Roadster90 said:

OK - I still wondered....the recycler I called was run/owned by.....females :).  They quoted me $0.25 a pound or about $5 - 6.00 a wheel.  I just decided to call another recycling yard.........depending on the true weight of course....@  a $0.55 quote per pound I imagine the 4 wheels are ..... really ..... probably worth $45.00 to $50.00.  Mr. Finn, With that return you could take the Mrs. to dinner more that a couple of times I would think :) 

The wheels weigh about 21# each. That makes them worth $ 11.55 each so I guess you are right with about 50 of them, that is more than I was thinking. Maybe I will take them to the crusher.

 

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On 3/9/2021 at 10:32 AM, Jim said:

The wheels weigh about 21# each. That makes them worth $ 11.55 each so I guess you are right with about 50 of them, that is more than I was thinking. Maybe I will take them to the crusher.

 

Jim just melt a set down and have them painted yellow to look like a Coors cans. Stop by Colorado  AND GETEM FILLED WELL YOU KNOW THE DRILL

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12 hours ago, Booreatta said:

Jim just melt a set down and have them painted yellow to look like a Coors cans. Stop by Colorado  AND GETEM FILLED WELL YOU KNOW THE DRILL

Four of them would make a nice Keg.

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