I'll be staying closer to the AC Bristol "look" think jolsen42's great looking car.
I've found a dealer that tells me he can get Dayton wire wheels at 20%off for custom setbacks or 15% for Dayton stock.
ANYBODY running on wire wheels? Tell me everything, I need to know. The good, the bad, and the ugly truth.
Photos would be nice.
Not sure anyone here is running wire wheels, but you can't go wrong with Dayton's.
They've been in business for as long as I can remember.
If you plan on running the roadster hard I recommend two things.
A rim with more spokes then what originally came on a AC Bristol and inner tubes.
The problem with wire wheels is their inability to handle lots of torque and hard turns associated with racing. That is why Shelby switched to the Halibrands on the GT40. If you don't plan to track the car or race hard on weekends, the wire wheels should be just fine
FFR 3378 - 503 BB, $old and missed
RCR GT40 - 1051P clone, $old
FFR 7991 - becoming a 289 FIA with a Mr. Bruce body, 331, dual quads, T-5, IRS, Trigo pin drive wheels, and Goodyear billboards http://www.bills289fia.com
Dayton makes great wheels, a truly class product made in the USA. I don't think you'll have much of a problem with a 289 2 bbl. The 289 Cobra used what were called "Cobra-laced" wheels, that give them a particular look and add strength. Dayton also produces the dental drive hub, which allows more torque to be transmitted to the hub over the normal Rudge type spline drive. Here's an article about them: Dayton Wheels: Wire Wheels that take the Torque! British V8 V12/I2, May 2004 You also want to be sure you get wheels that are made to run tubeless, it's a lot easier. If you don't race them or engage in a lot of burnouts, you should be ok. Talk to Dayton, they can come up with anything you want. The downside? they are a PITA to keep clean!
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