Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Sept 11, 2016 17:17:58 GMT -5
More parts are getting sorted, and once more these parts are for wheels which will not be available elsewhere, and will probably not be available again.
The only wheels remaining in any quantity are those with a nominal 18" diameter, and the first of these were made for the 8C/12C Alfas, though the study of images will show that the formats available cater for most pre-war Alfa GP cars (not Alfetta).
The Alfa 8C and 12C were the first cars Alfa's built afresh which used wheels which were cross laced, rather than just lacing spokes inner hub to inner rim, and outer hub to outer rim (etc).
The image below shows a rear wheel to this specification.
It is hoped that these wheels will be supplied with the correct 84 spoke rear wheels (as per picture) and 72 spoke front wheels. These are somewhat complicated to assemble requiring good eyesight/visual aids and a reasonably steady hand.
Price to be determined, somewhere between £31 and £35 plus postage.
A safer option uses the same spokes, but made to a different specification and made in a centre laced format, as per the wheel below.
Later Alfas used the former spoke arrangement for the front wheels and the latter, simpler spoke arrangement for the rear.
I'll be sorting the parts for these next week and expect perhaps 6 sets, depending on specification.
Next up will be wheels suitable for vintage Maseratis.
I am an expatriot living in Manhattan, and have recently been racing with a club in Toronto where I met a fellow superannuated enthusiast.
He is trying to complete a 375 Ferrari in 1/32 scale and has been having difficulty locating suitable wheels and tyres. Perhaps you could help and if so I would be pleased to pass along a message if you would kindly write to Rawlinsoninc@gmail.com.
I suspect he would not be too particular as to the detailed specifications,as long as the overall diameter and appearance is correct!
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Jan 9, 2017 12:36:59 GMT -5
Another special, probably limited to just one spare set.
Another hill climb special, this time for an ERA, both front and rear wheels are a scale 18" diameter. The fronts will be the standard wheels as used by ERA on occasion, whilst the rears use specially made rims to take two tyres apiece.
Other remaining parts will permit further sets to be made, not so good, but at the same price.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on May 14, 2017 11:47:59 GMT -5
This year sees another effort to put the old wheel project to rest; it's going to take some time..............
I'm now working my way through the mass of parts I still have and am about to start making some parts to complete some of the many incomplete wheel sets I still have. I am now completing the definitive 16" parts list which tells me I have 187 rims, 120 centres and 37 wheel hubs, together with etches for 230 wheels. Some imbalance there! Parts are for all manner of cars, Aston, Jaguar, Maserati, ERA, HRG, Ferrari etc.
The first wheels to be listed are 16" 60 spoke borranis, with variations. This wheel was originally made to suit the Maserati 4CLT, as seen below.
This wheel has three rows of 20 spokes apiece, is a scale 16" in diameter and I still have a range of rim widths available, 4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm and 6mm. the car in the picture has 5mm front and 6mm rear rims.
Parts availability dictates that these are only available with front wheels which have finned brake drum detail and must be glued onto the axle. Rear wheels have 2mm grub screw fixing.
All wheels are normally supplied with 2 eared Borrani type wheel nuts, but can be supplied with 3 eared nuts instead for more modern applications.
Wheel kits will be £30 plus postage at cost, suitable tyres can be supplied at £5 per set (urethanes, soft rear tyres).
These wheels will be soon complemented by 17" and 18" wheels to similar specs.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Oct 14, 2017 11:55:06 GMT -5
The 16" wheel bits are almost gone, only 5mm rims remain.
Spokes remaining are;
1 set of Maserati 2 sets of HRG 1 set of Aston Martin.
The 18" stuff will be better sorted in due course. First off will be a few sets of 18" Dunlops suitable for Aston Martin Ulster and in improved form for the SS100 Jaguar. Unavailable for several years now, when gone, they will not be available again.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Oct 19, 2017 12:13:57 GMT -5
A bit of an update.
All the 16" stuff is spoken for, there will probably be more if I decide not to build certain planned cars, otherwise, that's it.
Max, I can probably provide some pretty accurate wheels for your needs. I'm slowly working out what (18") parts I have remaining, and also what is worth having made. If I don't have the parts already, I will certainly be having more spoke etches made in the near future, so will ensure that I include some for Lago Talbot.
I'll get back to you when I have a better idea of what I still have.