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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 08-04-2003 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bought some mags for my truck, 66KIXX, in June at the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion:

Real American mags:

They're 15x8-1/2's. Now I need a pair for the front, either 15x7's, 15x6's or 15x4-1/2's. And like I said they'll be put on just for special occasions, like a Saturday night cruise-in or a trip to the Union Hill, Windy Hollow or Beech Bend drag strips.

Tracy

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-04-2003 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That will look cool!

Too bad you use the truck bolt pattern, Alex has a set that looks just like those.

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MLariviere
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posted 08-04-2003 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They shouldn't be too difficult to find. Ford truck wheels are everywhere. That will look cool! Will you polish them?

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Bob Hopkins
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posted 08-05-2003 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Hopkins   Click Here to Email Bob Hopkins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
make me a offer I believe I have a set of 15x6 american 5 spokes with the 5x51/2" bolt pattern up in the attic.

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 08-06-2003 11:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bob, are they aluminum or magnesium? If they are magnesium, do they have the small lip around the outer flange or is the outer flange flat? You can see this lip in the photos. And are they American Racing Equipment wheels? If they're Americans, I'm interested.

Polished magnesium stays polished for about an hour..Today you leave the wheels unpolished. The oxidized magnesium look is "in". Nothing else looks like oxidized magnesium.

These wheels in the 5-1/2" bolt pattern aren't really all that common. I looked for two years before I found these.

Tracy

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MLariviere
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posted 08-06-2003 11:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I didn't realize that. There is a guy up here that has lots of rims. If I see a set I'll stop to see what they are. You don't want unilug,right?

Are all the holes clear for the screws to hold the center caps?

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Bob Hopkins
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posted 08-07-2003 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Hopkins   Click Here to Email Bob Hopkins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try this again,I beleive there American Racing alumnunm, been a while since I looked at them{not Mag NOT GREEN}I bought them for my 47 Merc to match the 15 x8.5 American rears{DUMN ASS I let my ex talke me into selling Merc}I kept them as always wanted to redrill front brake drms on my 57 Custom to use them ,will try to git up there and take some picts
bug me at [email protected]

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 08-07-2003 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, right I DON'T want uni-lug. I don't think American made a uni-lug for the 5x5" / 5-1/2" bolt pattern. All the screw holes are clear and fully threaded.
These American Racing Equipment magnesium wheels have the casting date cast in the back of one of the spokes and that cool little sticker between the spokes. If the sticker is gone, the date might be the only way to identify real Americans.

Bob, the Merc should have the same bolt pattern as the trucks - 5x5-1/2". Aluminum Americans will have "American Racing Equiment" plus size info in raised cast letters on the backside of the wheel. And they will be one-piece wheels, too, not aluminum centers in steel rims.

I'm emailing you, Bob

Tracy

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 08-08-2003 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FYI guys:

http://home.earthlink.net/~threynolds2/didgeytruck/americanmags.html

Tracy

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MLariviere
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posted 08-08-2003 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Boy.you are just the American Racing rim guru!

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 08-12-2003 06:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It goes back to the 60's when I reading car magazines in grade school math class. All the cool cars had "American Mags"

Back in 1975 I really wanted a 1956 Ford panel. I found a 1955 and "settled" on that for my first vehicle. I wanted a set of American Racing Torq Thrusts for it. They were no longer available so I "settled" on a set of American 200S wheels for it. I sold the truck before I finished it and the wheels went with it. Now with the help of ebay and swap meets I can build the truck I wanted back in 1976, since I now own a 1956 panel.

Looking through old magazines for ads has taught me a lot - like ALUMINUM Torq Thrusts weren't on the market until 1965. Prior to that they were all magnesium. For the younger generation reading this - that's where the term "mag wheel" came from.

American Mags - still the coolest wheels.

Tracy

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Bob Hopkins
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posted 11-12-2003 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Hopkins   Click Here to Email Bob Hopkins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tracy;
Have you ever deceided weither you wanted to buy my "mag-wheels"????
Hav't heard from you about price???

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 12-01-2003 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DidgeyTrucker:
... Polished magnesium stays polished for about an hour..Today you leave the wheels unpolished. The oxidized magnesium look is "in". Nothing else looks like oxidized magnesium. Tracy

Tracy,
I'm confused. My experience has been with MAGNESIUM rims that they'll first turn dark gray, then start to pit with white oxidized scale at the pits..... How do you prevent them from going beyond the gray?

I haven't tried many preventions, but the only thing I've found to keep my Motorwheel Flea magnesium racing rims from going to the flakey white pitting stage is to wipe them down periodically with WD-40 or fuel oil....
I was thinking of even powdercoating them or simply painting them gray.

Ryan

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 12-21-2003 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bob, I had a small email program crash a while ago and lost all your emails and your email address. I did reply with an offer before that happened but I never got a reply. I thought weren't interested then. I'm still interested. And more recently my hard drive was on the verge of crashing. My MAC is all better now. Email me, Bob.

Ryan, they aren't mounted yet. They're still inside and haven't gone past the "gray" stage. I have seen the white oxidation you're talking about (on others) and I thought was because of extreme exposure to the elements.

I recently acquired a set of four - 15x8 and 14x6, 5x4-1/2 b.c. - for my '56 panel. They are the first design version magnesium Torq Thrust (round spokes) wheels. I plan on fully polishing these once and then letting nature take it's course.

Tracy

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Bob Hopkins
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posted 12-29-2003 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Hopkins   Click Here to Email Bob Hopkins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I never received any post with a price attached maybe I did I erase so much S*#*# in my e-mails every day I may have erased yours too You still interedted in the wheels??

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