[Healeys] Wire wheel question....

John Soderling jsoderling at astound.net
Fri Dec 14 17:42:54 MST 2007

Some owners using tubes have had a problem with wear on the valve stem by 
the raw edge of the wheel stem hole.  I believe it is Norm Nock who 
recommends enlarging the stem hole and inserting a grommet to protect the 
Vrooom vrooom,
Erika the Red

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Barnes" <fiat500f at aol.com>
To: <healeys at Autox.Team.Net>
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 10:26 AM
Subject: [Healeys] Wire wheel question....

> Hi,
> 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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