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General Discussion / Re: Inner Tubes and Valve Stems
« on: October 02, 2011, 08:30:17 AM »
Yes, there are nickel sleeves made to cover the rubber valve stems so the "look" is (supposedly) correct.  At Coker or Universal, they are about $14 each.

The brass or nickel stem tubes require wheel hardware that attaches the stem to the felloe and then there is a sleeve for those stems as well.  There is a good diagram on the Universal site of how it all goes together.  This method (with the tubes and hardware) is more expensive than the rubber stem tubes.  Since I have everything apart and the rims are being re-done and installing new tires, I was thinking about going the brass stem route only if this is the original and correct way.  But, it would definitely be more pratical and cheaper going with the rubber stems.

General Discussion / Fabric/rubberized U-Joint Discs
« on: September 27, 2011, 11:51:17 AM »
Does anyone know a supplier for these?  I want to replace these on my '29 and I found a company online who specializes in these...however, they are $43 EACH.

Here is the link:

General Discussion / Inner Tubes and Valve Stems
« on: September 27, 2011, 11:45:44 AM »
I've dropped off my rims to be refinished and I'm about to order my new tires, tubes and flaps.  My question is, what type of valve stem - rubber, nickel or brass?  The salesman at Universal Tire told me that all wood wheels should be using the brass stem.  A salesman at Coker told me nickel...I don't think they really know.

Does anyone on the board know?  Is the brass (or nickel) stem stronger and or different in appearance?  Does it really matter?  Of course, the rubber is cheaper and is what was on the car...

General Discussion / Re: Rear wheel/drum removal - wood spoke wheels - '29
« on: September 26, 2011, 06:51:02 PM »
Thanks Gary...some bodily force got it off last time...I'll see what I can come up with.

General Discussion / Rear wheel/drum removal - wood spoke wheels - '29
« on: September 25, 2011, 11:57:52 AM »
Good Afternoon:

Having trouble pulling off the rear wheels/drums off the '29...any thoughts on how to do this without any damage?  I've had to do this once before a few years ago but don't recall having this much trouble.



General Discussion / Re: '29 U Roadster Tires and Rims Question
« on: September 23, 2011, 01:40:44 PM »
Gary - what kind of tires are you running?

General Discussion / Re: '29 U Roadster Tires and Rims Question
« on: September 20, 2011, 09:33:47 AM »

Beautiful Car !!!  So far you have done great.  Must be a show winner !!!

Cheers Chet and Welcome to the forum.


Thanks  Chet!

Any thoughts on which color to go with on the rims?  Any thoughts on tire brand?

General Discussion / '29 U Roadster Tires and Rims Question
« on: September 19, 2011, 01:27:54 PM »
Greetings All:

New to this particular forum, but have posted on others.  Looking for feedback on what my plans are for putting on new tires and painting the rims.  I will attach a photo of my car with it's current configutation.  Tire size is 4.75/5.00x20 on wood spoke wheels.

1.  Decided to go with black wall tires this time because I think they are more original and authentic.  Looking at Lester, BF Goodrich and maybe even Firestone (a Model "A" tire?).

2.  I believe I have decided to go with black rims as opposed to cadmium colored.  I have seen it done both ways (both ways with a black wall tire).  There is a photo I have (you may have seen it) with a '29 Roadster coming off the assembly line with this combination, although you can see that the spokes are painted and can bairly see the pin striping on the spokes.

Any thoughts, ideas, constructive criticism?



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