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Wheel Lugs

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31 Mar 2021 00:22 #42767 by alsancle
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Pulling one of the wheels off to start on a brake job I noticed that the lug bolts do not seat cleanly in the rim. Something seems wrong to me. I should point out the car has 5k miles on it with this setup but I'm not sure it is right.

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31 Mar 2021 01:18 #42768 by 1748 S
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It appears this wheel was run with loose lug nuts so now the holes in the rim are bigger.Repairing it will take some TIG welding and machining to get it correct again. Knowing the centers is going to be very important.


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31 Mar 2021 10:27 #42771 by alsancle
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Well that stinks. I'll have to check the other wheels and the spare. I do have a brand new set of wheels I bought for my dad 20 years ago. Wasn't really looking forward to painting them and mounting new tires though.

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31 Mar 2021 10:42 #42772 by Terry Cockerell
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The wheel bolts are an indication that the car has the original fragile cast wheel hubs. The flanges on these hubs flex and eventually cause the bolts to loosen. I suggest that you make enquires for replacement steel hubs. The steel hubs have studs and nuts. Don Wohlwend used to supply new rear steel hubs. I believe he sold that business to a guy in Canada. With the steel hubs you end up with a much safe driving car and virtually eliminate the wheel problems. I say virtually because it is a good idea to check the torque on the wheel nuts regularly.
I had my original cast hubs crack tested and was horrified to see they were full of cracks. The steel hubs are the only way to go for safe driving.

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31 Mar 2021 11:59 #42773 by alsancle
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Awesome. When you say "Hub" is there a part behind the wheel drum? I assume I need to get the drum off to see it?

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31 Mar 2021 16:58 #42777 by alsancle
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Peter Morgan gave me a call and explained what was going on here. I short term fix is that NAPA has lug bolts with a 7/8 head instead of the factory 3/4.

www.napaonline.com/en/p/NDP6411587

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