[Healeys] Wire wheel question....

Paul Barnes fiat500f at aol.com
Fri Dec 14 11:26:16 MST 2007


So I'm (still) helping my friend with his 1954 100-4 and I have a question
about his wire wheels.  They are 60 spoke, so not original to the 100-4 (but
still pretty old), but here is the odd thing.  The holes in all four wheels
where the valve of the tube comes through is BIG.  Most holes I've seen in
wheels where a valve from a tube comes through are just slightly bigger that
the valve, but the wheels on my friends car have holes just a bit larger that
a quarter.  I can see the base of the valve and a good bit of tube around it.
So, what's the deal here?  Did older tubes have larger valves that required a
larger hole, or has someone, (the Dreaded Previous Owners),  made the holes
bigger?  Opinions please.

Lost in the Sea of Holes,

Paul B.

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