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Old 03-11-2008, 10:55 PM
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I'm looking for a place that can build wood spoke wheels for an old truck. They are 14 spoke hard rubber. I also need a source for the rubber. Thanks for any help.
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Assuming you've already rummaged around Google and nothing's turned up, I'd suggest picking up a recent copy of Hemmings Motor News, which was for years (and probably still is) the bible of the old car and truck hobby. New issues are probably around 6$-7$ now.
They were a brownish about 6x9 3/4 to an inch thick "magazine" (flyweight paper!) published monthly--thousands of ads by suppliers, parts for sale/wanted, etc etc., altho with EBay and the internet may be smaller now.
If I remember correctly, we used to call the wood spoke wheels "artillery" wheels to differentiate them from wire spokes or full steel wheels, and the tires were "solid" tires.
You could also run the archives and post to the general old-truck sites, and run the "parts and services" threads on aths.
Good luck.
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I'm looking for a place that can build wood spoke wheels for an old truck. They are 14 spoke hard rubber. I also need a source for the rubber. Thanks for any help.
check the amish and a tire place that does forklift tires
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Old 03-12-2008, 09:16 PM
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Default Re: Wood wheels for trucks

Try Overman Cushion Tire Co. in Canton, OH. www.overmancushion.com
They have the tires you want and will know of someone to do the wheels. Otherwise, I'd be looking for a wheelwright.
John
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Thank you for the replies, will try your suggestions
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From Hemming Motor News:

Wood-spoke wheels from a Model T or similar pre-war car are very difficult to find because they don't survive as long as a single-piece steel rim. Hemmings Motor News has several suppliers who specialize in building and restoring these types of wheels. Calimer's Wheel Shop in Pennsylvania can rebuild your rotted wooden wheels with new hickory replacement pieces for most cars built before the 1930s. Another wooden spoke wheel restoration service is Antique Wheels in California. They can re-spoke just about any felloed wheels and are also experts with hickory wood parts. For the Tin Lizzie enthusiasts, Wheels of Wood in Saskatchewan, Canada, offers rims and rim repair for the Model T specifically. Replacement clincher rims and Stanweld or Michelin brand replacement rims for the early wheels are available from Coker Tire.

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There is also supposed to be an Amish Colony in Minnesota that will take on a project like this. I have yet to find any other information about this though.

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Paul
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who ever you get to rebuild the wheels make sure that they use hickory not oak. oak will break from the stress
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To the best of my knowledge "artillery" wheels were steel spoke. 30cwt Chev trucks had them in 1928,
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