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Craig

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Wheel styles.
« on: August 10, 2012, 08:23:54 AM »
Am I the only one that doesn't care for the newer looking wheels that they have put on the 26" post 2010? To me they look cheap or flimsy. I like the classic black/whitewall ones. I wonder if its a preview of things to come, like will they do 6" versions of these on the 18/22.5"s? Im considering buying (ok, hoarding  ::) ) 2 of the old style 8" ones for down the road if I splurge on a new 26". (wife not killing me, permitting)

Craig

SmoothSmoke

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2012, 09:38:19 AM »
I agree, the gangster white walls are the best. 

Ted B

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2012, 12:57:04 PM »
Gotta have the white walls. 8)  I hate the new hubcap style they came up with  >:(

Duke

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2012, 01:25:43 PM »
I like the old metal ones on everything.

Craig

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2012, 02:33:31 PM »
I like the old metal ones on everything.

Do you have original '50s metal wheels or replicas?

Craig

Duke

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2012, 03:26:59 PM »
I like the old metal ones on everything.

Do you have original '50s metal wheels or replicas?

Craig
They used the metal ones into the mid to late 60's and I have about three sets of those. I have never owned a metal top handle, always wood and they discontinued the metal tops after "62.

Jeff

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2012, 07:31:01 PM »
Im partial to the older style wheels myself.  Anyone have a spare 8" wheel with a white wall for a Sequoia?  Mine is missing one original wheel.

THanks in advance
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Craig

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2012, 08:26:10 PM »
I like the old metal ones on everything.

Do you have original '50s metal wheels or replicas?

Craig
They used the metal ones into the mid to late 60's and I have about three sets of those. I have never owned a metal top handle, always wood and they discontinued the metal tops after "62.

I guess I was thinking of the early wheels on the 50s kettles. Now I understand. I'd love to get ahold of some more metal wheels and even some late 60s/early 70s plastic wheels. But they are hard to come by on their own.

Craig

MartyG

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2012, 01:53:31 AM »
I'd like to see something like the vent photo collection for wheels. Maybe not as many varieties, but hey, that makes it easier right? Once it stops raining here I'll take a shot or two of the ones I roll with and put 'em up.

Jeff

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2012, 03:44:52 AM »
I'd like to see something like the vent photo collection for wheels. Maybe not as many varieties, but hey, that makes it easier right? Once it stops raining here I'll take a shot or two of the ones I roll with and put 'em up.

Good idea Marty!  I'm sure between everyone on here, we would have all the wheels covered
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MartyG

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2012, 03:38:14 AM »
OK, here's one from my 1995 Performer. There may be a date code of some kind in the mold, but I can't find it.


1995 Weber Performer Wheel by Western Wheel Works, on Flickr

Craig

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2012, 11:33:39 AM »
1964-1967? Pre patent 18.5" These need cleaned up and restoration


Modern 6" wheel 22.5 Redhead


Craig

zavod44

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2012, 01:23:45 PM »
Troy we need another tab for pictures! 

As far as the look of the wheels, I think I like whatever wheels come on the grills.  I like the old wheels on the old grills and I like the new wheels on the new grills.  Just how I'm wired. I like things factory stock...

Brian
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Craig

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2012, 04:05:55 PM »
Troy we need another tab for pictures! 

As far as the look of the wheels, I think I like whatever wheels come on the grills.  I like the old wheels on the old grills and I like the new wheels on the new grills.  Just how I'm wired. I like things factory stock...

Brian

Funny you should mention that. I broke down and put the original legs and wheels back on my 18.5. It just looked weird with newer wheels. I'll touch the wheels up later I guess. A little rust is ok for now I guess.

Craig

MartyG

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Re: Wheel styles.
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2012, 03:39:29 PM »
Another view of steel wheels. Not sure how old. Grabbed this shot from a photo I found on line.