[Healeys] New Post on my Blog...tire truing

Greg Lemon glemon at neb.rr.com
Wed Sep 30 17:48:21 MDT 2015

Flashback II:
I remember trying to adjust the spokes on my MGs, Healeys,  and Triumphs 
when I drove them back in the day and they were 10-15 years old at most. 
Even with extensive use of heat and penetrating oil I was never able to turn 
a single nipple on its threads, maybe such things worked in milder climates, 
but not in the midwest.   It does not surprise me that Al had frozen spokes 
after a year.

I think you can successfully shore up a wheel that is fairly straight and 
mostly solid by replacing a few bent or missing spokes, at least I have done 
it a few times, but as stated, a total rebuild of a bad wheel just doesn't 
seem to make much sense from any perspective.

Greg Lemon

From: "Al Malin" <amalin at mac.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 6:12 PM
To: "Healeys" <healeys at autox.team.net>
Subject: Re: [Healeys] New Post on my Blog...tire truing

> Flashback:
> Back in the Spring of 1963 my 1962 Tricarb had a number of broken spokes 
> on its painted 48-spoke wire wheels. The local AH dealer told me to take 
> them to the Harley Davidson dealer for repair. The parts cost was 15 cents 
> per spoke and 15 cents per nipple, plus labor. After they trued the wheels 
> and painted them they looked and ran like new.
> BTW, I asked why the number of spokes replaced were greater than the 
> number broke and they told me it was because many had frozen threads and 
> broke when adjusted.
> Al Malin
> Tricarb
>> On Sep 30, 2015, at 5:08 PM, David Nock <healeydoc at gmail.com> wrote:
>> At the cost of the labor and spokes how can it be worth rebuilding wheels 
>> unless you want them to be original.
>> New spokes painted are $6.00 a spoke and they have to cut all the spokes 
>> to save time. That’s $288.00 in spokes and a new 48 spoke pained wheel is 
>> $260.00.
>> New Chrome spokes are $12.00 a spoke. That’s $576.00 in new chrome spokes 
>> and $368.00 for a new wheel.
>> Not hard math to do. INstall new wheels.
>> David Nock
>> healeydoc at sbcglobal.net
>> 209 948 8767
>> www.britishcarspecialists.com
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