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Halibrand wheels

I posted a thread a while back asking for opinions about the new Halibrand wheels and had some replies. Now I see that Real Wheels is back as Real Rodder Wheels and making Halibrand style wheels again and they say their all made in the USA. I'm looking for thoughts and opinions on new Halibrands as compared to the new Real Rodder Wheels.
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Halibrands are cast and made in CHINA

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Halibrands are cast and made in CHINA

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It seems that everything sold in America today comes from China- I will not buy Chinese Junk, be it wheels or tires for my rod-I want American products-
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There is another thread going on over on another forum about Halibrand.

Just be aware that this thread may or may not be rated PG ... it gets a little profane over there sometimes

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...rand&showall=1
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As most of us old timers (like me) know, Ted Halibrand made his REAL magnesium wheels in Culver city, Ca.....mostly for midget race cars and then on to bigger ones for drag racing...and everything else. I'm assuming that when he passed the company was sold and the new owners relocated in Kansas.

The new alum. "Halibrand" wheel is by far "junk", weather it's made in China or the U.S. Up close it is a beautiful wheel and most guy's would give their left n-- to have a set on their hot rod. I've seen the advertised on Ebay by the Halibrand Co. for around $650 a pair.

Real Rodder Wheels are BEAUTIFUL, made in the good old U.S.A., mimick Ted's best........but expensive!!!, starting at $500 for a 14x6. I'll be running the old timey wires on my '32 Victoria (if I ever get it done) but if I do decide to change some day I might just "bite the bullet". We all know that the wheels are a major part of how a hot rod looks ...So 57, if you can afford them, DO IT!




I try to buy American as much as possible but when you look at all the parts that are offered to the performance car people......CHINA!! I even bought a new set of Goodyear Marathon trailer tires for my boat because I had such good luck with them before, guess what.....now they're made in China! Thank God Vic Edelbrock still makes his stuff here........for now.
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It is next to impossible to buy only U.S. manufactured components. The law that allows a firm to place the "Made in USA" label on a product is virtually useless as it allows about 50 to 75% of the components to be of U.S. origin while the rest can be offshore.

My American Racing Torque Thrust II wheels say they are made in the USA, but I have doubts.

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I think I have about 4 sets of vintage American mags from the 60's , thats about all I have ever ran on my cars , and when I sold a car I always kept the wheels. I think I have a set of 8 1/2's that I have had for 40 years, they have been refinished a couple of times and a refinished set I just put on my 57 Chevy pickup. BUT I have always wanted a set of Halibrands or maybe these new Real Rodder wheels for my Chevelle.
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Are all of the aluminum ones chineese? If not, does anybody know when the china switch happened?

I have bought two sets of used "new" halibrands.

I'm still gonna keep them either way....just curious.



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