wheels project...

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  1. 71gold

    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    while doing the brakes I thought it would be a good time to clean and polish the tires and rims.
    steam cleaned, hand washed, sanded (1000 grit) and polished...3.5 hrs. per tire...:bouncy:
    what started the sanding process was when steam cleaning there was a bottle of spray cleaner to use. it turned the alum. rims almost black...:slap:

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    What size/series tires you working with? Nice job on b4 and after. I'm running factory 14" * 7 painted, Mag. 500 w/ me trim rings removed. I recently started repainting them 2nd time since I had the car, but cold weather limited getting around to last 2. Think I'm going to stay w/ them, whoever gets the car next can do what they like.
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    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    255x60 15 tires on 15x8 rear ...215x65x15 on 15x6 up front .

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    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    I noticed with the 1000 grit paper there were some casting ripples in the surface of the rims. mostly in the spokes. I bought some 800 grit and they sanded out nicely. they weren't this slick when new. didn't even notice them when they were polished new, the sanding showed it as gray lines that were the low spots that hadn't been polished yet.
    I'm trying not to resand the first rim I've finished polishing...:bouncy:
     
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    What you have to remind yourself is while polishing the wheels you’ll be looking at them a lot closer then when they’re on the car.
     
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    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    my arms need to be longer...if I see it, it has to go...:slap:
    got one wheel mounted today.
    also cut the wheel studs...again. maybe this time they will be short enough. the situation was they were not the same length...some were 1/8" longer than other ones. lugnuts fit, just I knew some were longer than others...:slap:
     
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    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    3 down...one to go...:bouncy:
     
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    That's a lot of work!
     
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    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    thanks for noticing...:Handshake:
    it all starts with a case of can't help it. it's really not work if you enjoy doing it. sometimes half way through I have asked myself...why? :slap:
    I guess it all started with my Harley show bike days. I would take stock worn out parts, do my thing to them and people would just assume they were aftermarket parts (store bought).
     
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