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On 3/22/2021 at 10:21 PM, Gary_Ash said:

What size hubs?  How many splines?  What size rims: diameter and width?  How many spokes, lacing pattern?  With the specs, you can buy newly made wheels.

 

 

Mr. Ash, have you Rudge wheels or wheel parts to share?

 

 

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No one can respond directly to an open-ended question.  Exactly what is it that you are looking for?  State car model, year, rim size and type, hub size, etc.  I have no Rudge wheels or parts available, but can direct you to suppliers of new parts and wheels. Generally, new wheels are cheaper than rebuilding old wheels.

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I agree with Gary about new wheels being cheaper than dealing with used . However used hubs can be a cheaper option . But yes, many variations ,both wheel size and hub particulars. It seems to me that Stutz only used Rudge Whitworth wheels for one year so if correct that should narrow things down quite a bit.

 

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I bought Rudge-style wire wheels with 72 mm centers and 18" x 4" wide drop-center rims (no lock ring), triple laced, from MWS Wire Wheel in England.  I designed custom 112-spline hubs to fit 1929 Studebaker President spindles and 1965 Buick Riviera 12" drum brakes.  They were machined in China from 6" diameter 4340 steel billets.  My spinners and laser-engraved end caps were also custom made in China.  You will have to figure out the backspacing on the wheels to minimize the scrub radius based on the axle/spindles you are using.  I'm using Stahl Sport radial tires from Coker Tire in 6.00-6.50/18 and 7.00/18 size with metal-stem inner tubes and rubber rim bands.  Many of the wheel parts will come from Wheels India, no matter who you order the wheels from.  They bought the designs and tooling for Rudge wheels from Dunlop many years ago, moved it all to India.  Most U.S. based sellers of wire wheels get them from the companies listed below:

 

MWS Wire Wheel:  http://mwsint.com.  They can build custom wheels, have hubs and spinners.

 

Orson Equipment (UK):  https://www.orsonequipment.co.uk/    They have hubs, spinners, wheels, etc.

 

Richards Brothers (UK):  https://www.richards-bros.com/   They have hubs, spinners, wheels, etc.

 

MWS_70spoke_wire_wheel.jpg.bd3b6ca4abc30364e4e9604894175518.jpg

18" x 4" wire wheel with 3.125" back space from MWS Wire Wheel (UK) and custom spinner, end cap, cap wrench, and hub.

 

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Details of 72 mm hub with 112 splines.  Spinner has 8 threads/inch, left hand threads on right side of car.

 

1326859193_MWSwheel3_132scrubradius.jpg.442fa8588d2e47874d5cdb0b7f46488e.jpg

Diagram of scrub radius. 

 

1864168912_72mmcenterreceived23Jan2014.jpg.6c9b691e77ebfa999887819011404101.jpg

72 mm Rudge steel wheel center, undrilled.  Weight is 6 lb.  Made by Wheels India.

 

 

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On 5/25/2021 at 6:17 PM, Gary_Ash said:

I bought Rudge-style wire wheels with 72 mm centers and 18" x 4" wide drop-center rims (no lock ring), triple laced, from MWS Wire Wheel in England.  I designed custom 112-spline hubs to fit 1929 Studebaker President spindles and 1965 Buick Riviera 12" drum brakes.  They were machined in China from 6" diameter 4340 steel billets.  My spinners and laser-engraved end caps were also custom made in China.  You will have to figure out the backspacing on the wheels to minimize the scrub radius based on the axle/spindles you are using.  I'm using Stahl Sport radial tires from Coker Tire in 6.00-6.50/18 and 7.00/18 size with metal-stem inner tubes and rubber rim bands.  Many of the wheel parts will come from Wheels India, no matter who you order the wheels from.  They bought the designs and tooling for Rudge wheels from Dunlop many years ago, moved it all to India.  Most U.S. based sellers of wire wheels get them from the companies listed below:

 

MWS Wire Wheel:  http://mwsint.com.  They can build custom wheels, have hubs and spinners.

 

Orson Equipment (UK):  https://www.orsonequipment.co.uk/    They have hubs, spinners, wheels, etc.

 

Richards Brothers (UK):  https://www.richards-bros.com/   They have hubs, spinners, wheels, etc.

 

MWS_70spoke_wire_wheel.jpg.bd3b6ca4abc30364e4e9604894175518.jpg

18" x 4" wire wheel with 3.125" back space from MWS Wire Wheel (UK) and custom spinner, end cap, cap wrench, and hub.

 

837338163_splinedhub72mm112splines.jpg.d237427083755c93af280f209d4a92bf.jpg

Details of 72 mm hub with 112 splines.  Spinner has 8 threads/inch, left hand threads on right side of car.

 

1326859193_MWSwheel3_132scrubradius.jpg.442fa8588d2e47874d5cdb0b7f46488e.jpg

Diagram of scrub radius. 

 

1864168912_72mmcenterreceived23Jan2014.jpg.6c9b691e77ebfa999887819011404101.jpg

72 mm Rudge steel wheel center, undrilled.  Weight is 6 lb.  Made by Wheels India.

 

 

Impressive Gary !!!

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