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Motochris 07-16-2011 02:25 PM

Halibrand wheels... going away?
 
I was looking at getting a set of Halibrand Sprint wheels and the companies online that had them listed...don't list them anymore. This has only happened in the last couple weeks. Anybody hear anything like them going away?

Fltct3 07-16-2011 03:59 PM

I don't really know anything about dealers of hallibrand wheels, but you can get them as an option on a factory five kit. Try factoryfive.com and see if they list them in their parts catalog.

el pollo 07-16-2011 04:41 PM

Could be that they are being bought out, and temporarily unavailable. It's been happening lately in the wheel industry.

Motochris 07-16-2011 05:53 PM

I have an email into them now.
Even the 17" sprints are off there website now... only showing them in 15".

Deuce 07-16-2011 08:11 PM

They are still available directly from Halibrand

go here

http://www.halibrand.com/

Crosley 07-17-2011 11:01 AM

Halibrand had problem for years. I am not sure they are doing better or not.

I was looking at a set for my 1971 Chev truck 1/2 ton about 15 yrs ago.. I was told a 6 month wait then.

I bolted on 5 lug OE painted rallye wheels and never looked back

Deuce 07-17-2011 02:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crosley
Halibrand had problem for years. I am not sure they are doing better or not.

I have a friend who ordered a set of Halibrands a week ago.
The sales representative told him that the fronts were in stock and would ship within 3 days. The rears were in stock also but needed machining for his back spacing and wheel pattern. They would ship in less than 3 weeks.

Will have to wait and see how fast they get here :)

http://www.halibrand.com/images/Whee...ll_r01_c01.gif

Irelands child 07-17-2011 02:41 PM

Several years ago when I lusted for a set to put on my '31 - called them, got a ration of 'crap' from the guy that answered the phone, changed my mind and bought the Billet Specialties. If they can't at least be courteous on the phone with someone who wants to spend the bucks, I don't want their parts, regardless of what it is and where it goes. They are one of the two that I really don't like - Sanderson Headers being the other (tho I do have them)

Motochris 07-18-2011 01:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Deuce
They are still available directly from Halibrand

go here

http://www.halibrand.com/

Yea, they have where you can price them on the website. I did so a couple weeks ago...but now when you try, it says "the size you've chosen is currently unavailable with this wheel". They only make 2 different types of wheels anymore...you'de think it wouldnt be hard to keep them in stock. :rolleyes:

I'm looking at bunch of similiar wheels now....

Motochris 07-18-2011 03:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Irelands child
Several years ago when I lusted for a set to put on my '31 - called them, got a ration of 'crap' from the guy that answered the phone, changed my mind and bought the Billet Specialties. If they can't at least be courteous on the phone with someone who wants to spend the bucks, I don't want their parts, regardless of what it is and where it goes. They are one of the two that I really don't like - Sanderson Headers being the other (tho I do have them)

I like the Billet Specialties wheels...but I'm hoping not to spend $700 per wheel. I've found a few Sprint look-a-likes (like the Real Rodder wheels), but not in the 17" size unfortunately.

Irelands child 07-18-2011 04:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Motochris
I like the Billet Specialties wheels...but I'm hoping not to spend $700 per wheel. I've found a few Sprint look-a-likes (like the Real Rodder wheels), but not in the 17" size unfortunately.

Billet Specialties for the GTX line start at around $300 each. My front 15x6 were ~$300, the rear 17x8 were ~$400 each.

Dave W

Motochris 07-18-2011 05:59 PM

The ones that look similiar to the Halibrand Sprint are a tad over $600ea. for a 17x7 and $630ish for 17x9.5. Not that I couldn't spend that much.... just hoping to find something for a bit less if I can. Thanks!!

Deuce 07-18-2011 07:29 PM

Halibrand was in Culver City CA from 47-63. Then in Torrance CA from 63-79. Ted Halibrand ( company founder and pattern maker ) sold off the company in 79 and passed away in 91. Halibrand Wheels were sold to Curt Waters who had also bought CAE. Curt Waters then sold the wheel business to Jackman Wheels San Diego. Eventually Halibrand ended up in Kansas.

So you have to realize that the newer, weird 17/18/and such wheels were NEVER patterned by Ted Halibrand. As I understand it ... lots of the older wheel patterns ( made by Ted Halibrand ) were burnt as firewood :mad:
So no new patterns have been made to fit the weird, narrow supply/demand
market for the non-conventional sizes. Halibrands are cast and then machined where the new 17/18/and such wheels are made on a CNC machine.

This is a old Ted Halibrand made pair of wheels ...

http://www.hotrodders.com/journal_ph...1456602172.jpg

I would love to find a set for the front that matches for my 32 3W Ford coupe ... and YES Halibrand makes new ones but I want a pair that will match the patina on my 1965 pair. :rolleyes:

Deuce 07-26-2011 05:08 PM

I ordered a set of Halibrands from Richard LeJune 3 weeks ago ( July the 5th ). A pair of 4.5 X 15 for the front and a pair of 7 X 15 for the rear. They arrived yesterday ... July the 25th.

Everything is exactly like I ordered ... ( including the knock - offs ) and I am a HAPPY, SATISFIED customer. Delivery was as promised and the shipping was very reasonable.

I will buy again ... :thumbup:

Disclaimer :
I am not associated with or have any financial interest in Halibrand or with Richard LeJune.

I am just stating my experiences with the company and their customer service.


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