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57 Wire Wheels

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Old 12-11-2011, 10:54 AM
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don't forget about the mods made to 'all' roadster wheels in 1962 when elvis's sport roadster had a wheel 'fail' on some 'hard cornering' by him..ford ck'd things out anf found the strengh was not enough for 'hard cornering' and did not a lot of lawsuits about it, so all wheels were 'recalled' by ford and were modified by changing the 1/4 inch dia. spokes with 5/16 ones..make sure your wheels have the thicker spokes......bye....ed mlynek
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my 55 had an old set of wires,,the three most troubled i replaced with new repros and a set of coker wide white radials,,my spinners would not fit the wheels,,I had three flats since,,one from a valve stem cut by the wheel,,two because for some reason coker inserts a metal tag inside the tire which rubbed a hole thru the tubes,,they say there is a warning tag outside the tires to remove them ,the person mounting the tires did not see,,why put an inside tag anyway ,they say the problem has come up befire,,these tires and wheels are like having four teenage daughters ,,I never would again
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