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#1 RyanSilva

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 07:04 PM

Ive been working on replication the vintage wire wheel covers made of spun aluminum from the 20's-40's era. Usually found on cars like the Stu Hilborn roadster..or any wire wheel equipped car that ran at Bonneville or el mirage.

Mine are tooled from resin, which il make my copies from..heres the master for standard 15-16inch wheels, they fit AMT bias ply style tires, and do fit Revell 1940 ford white walls, 1948 ford convertible blackwalls and 1937 ford pickup truck tires with some light sanding in the center of each style tires..




Im also making another but made for large diameter Model A wire wheels.. im still working on this one. But they fit AMT/MPC model A wheels from the woody kit. Id imagine the roadster have the same wheels and tires.


I should have these casted in the next few weeks.

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 10:36 AM

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Made another that fits PERFECTLY into the revell 1940 ford two piece whitewall tires. I also added a 32 ford center cap with the "v8" overlay logo

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 03:16 AM

Ive finished the Model A versions. They use the stock rubber tires found in AMT 's Model A roadster and Woody kits. They accept almost any centercap from a steelie type wheel with some sanding done to the backs, so they fit in the pocket, but there made especially for Revell 1940 and 48 ford center caps. Keep in mind, these are outer halfs, you would need to use the back half of the wire wheels in order to mount them, sanding of the stock kit lug and hub detail is required for the halfs to sit flush, but its very easy. I may make th e other halfs so the stock kit wheels will not eb required (cept tires)

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 05:56 PM

do they have to be run on top of wires or can you just use them as rims. If yes would these fit revells 41 chevy truck? Oh by the way great work. Love the look.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 04:05 PM

Those things have great potential! Would they fit Caddy wires?If so, how much is a set of 4.If not, how about the gangster lincoln wires??Thanks.Jpdy

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 08:57 PM

They use there on wheels, they dont mount over kit wire wheels at all.


I actually retooled the 16" versions above, they now use a 1940 or 1948 ford center cap from revell kits. rather than the 1932 centers from amt. Personally i think they look much better, and i adjusted the cap itself, so they mount into a steel wheel

Heres how the 16" versions are set up

4 steel wheels
4 hubcaps
4 center caps -unplated


These mount onto

Revell 1940 ford coupe whitewall tires
Revell 1948 ford convertible (woody also if the same tires) blackwalls
AMT firestone supremes and silvertowns.

And im sure a few more tires will fit also.

Price is targeted at 7 dollars for all 12 pieces, il have a more accurate price once i start casting.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:09 PM

do they have to be run on top of wires or can you just use them as rims. If yes would these fit revells 41 chevy truck? Oh by the way great work. Love the look.



I have some made to fit those tires aswell :lol: ..glad we think alike!

Ive always said, the 1941 chevy truck, and the 1937 fords from revell had the coolest and accurate tires, they look superb on salt flat racing inspired cars, this is what peaked my intrest to create these. Im still working on fitment with the 41 ford center caps fitting, il have progress report tomorrow.

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 01:10 AM

I am liking indeed. Only queastion, do we get thew wheel backers too?Thanks.

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 01:16 AM

At this time, no. Reason why, is there are so many different types, its hard to settle on just one design. But i made them so that there pretty universal. The revell tires may need some adjusting, due to there wheel back style but some minor sanding/cutting may be needed, but AMT wheelbacks should be very easy to mount.

Ive tried them with the traditional amt wire rod axle and wheelback, and they fit fine. They work with the revell 1948 wheelbacks also, aslong as you use the same tires from the kit.

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 01:26 AM

Got ya. Once we get settle back down after our move,. Ill have to get a set from ya!! jody

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 07:44 AM

I have some made to fit those tires aswell :lol: ..glad we think alike!

Ive always said, the 1941 chevy truck, and the 1937 fords from revell had the coolest and accurate tires, they look superb on salt flat racing inspired cars, this is what peaked my intrest to create these. Im still working on fitment with the 41 ford center caps fitting, il have progress report tomorrow.





Do you think that the chevy center caps will fit. See i want to run these on a 41 chevy truck. Thats why i asked and would just the cover would fit the steel wheel from the 41. Let me know on this.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 08:13 PM

quick question. DO u ahve ones that fit the new revell 50 ford truck tires with the white wall insert? I may be thinking bout gettin a set. Let me know.

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 08:13 AM

I dont have any of those tires to fit, il look though, but i sold off the sets i had, il look around and let ya know.

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Posted 02 August 2008 - 08:02 PM

please let me know as i want to know. I am thinking bout putting them one my truck but if you dont have anymore that is fine too. No need to cast one set for me. Let me know if you have a set left though.