TECH: Reversing stock Wheel
All righty decided I needed an offset wheel last night. So I grabbed some wheels out of the wheel pile and took some pictures of the process I used. Seeing as I did this 2 times last night had a set of wheels labeled wrong and didn't try them on the car first haha.
Anyway as you can see the wheels don't look to good in the current configuration as the car has Camaro clip with a g-body diff.
So this is the plan, turn the one of the right to the one on the left.
First Step center punch the rivets so one can drill a halfass strait whole.
I found you don't have to drill all the way through the rim just enough to get though that the air chisel can punch em out.
Next comes the BFH to knock the center out.
Now to clean up the mess a little to the welds have something to stick to.
Start taping in the center again.
I just aligned back up the the rivet holes again, then used a chisel to make sure they all stayed square. I did this so I knew the wheel would be centered again and eventually I plan to make some skirts for the car and wanted the wheels a little more inset. Doing it this way almost gave me a 1" offset
Next don't forget to redo your new valve stem. I welded up the old one, you could just flip a valves stem to the inside to if you didn't want to weld the whole up.
Next mount your tire and balance.
Install and enjoy.....
Nice job! Who says budget building is a no-no??? You could spend $500 on a wheel and still not have that same look and 'patina'...
Probably worth mentioning that checking the runout at the outer edge of the rim would be a good idea. Shouldn't be too hard to hold it to </= 0.020-0.030". Obviously the welds need to be done right.
Very nice indeed.
home made lathe
In the early 60's I made a home made wheel lathe , backwoods style. I used a 6 X 12 wood beam, made some brackets to hold an axle shaft, after I got the center out mounted it to the shaft and had another bracket to mount a body grinder to gring the thing true. I was using larger hoops from bigger cars, buick, olds, and even bought new firestone 10 in wide hoops. I used horse shoe nails to help hold the hoop in alignment , Horse shoe nails are miniture wedges that I also used for alignment on other welding projects, tack, check for runout etc.
Good write up!!!
Since there were very few choices for wheels way back then, I did that in the '60's as well. I used the correct center for the axle and wider rims from some other larger car. I bolted them together for alignment then had them professionally welded, with the welder removing the bolts and welding those holes as well so I could run tubeless tires. I think I figured 1/16" runout was close enough back then:sweat:
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