REAL RODDERS WHEELS
"The ORIGINAL Real Wheels"
"100% AMERICAN MADE by CRAFTSMEN WHO CARE"
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Some interesting facts about Real Rodders Wheels:
Each one of our wheels is made from one-piece castings, in exactly the same manner as all the legendary wheels such as American, Halibrand, and Ansen were made from the 1940's through the 1970's.
Custom cast in America, we use only the very finest 100% American virgin aluminum, no regrinds, while adhering to strict quality and specification standards that we set for ourselves. The combination of these materials and casting using state-of-the-art low pressure molding gives us an extremely precise method of casting. With this combination each casting will yield the highest possible shine and luster.
To assure you of this, we employ one of the top polishing companies in the country. Also, you are assured of an incredibly long life expectancy for your wheels. In field use we have wheels that were purchased in 1983, when Eric Vaughn started the company, that look as great today as they did when they were purchased some 26 years earlier.
All castings will, by nature, have some slight irregularities. This natural occurrence creates unique characteristics which truly enhance the authenticity and beauty of each wheel. Comparing a a billet wheel to a true cast wheel is like comparing a snapshot of something to a fine painting!
Each Real Rodders Wheel is polished by skilled craftsmen, enhancing and highlighting the unique "rich softer" polished appearance that can only be seen with a cast wheel exercising meticulous attention to detail.
Our small kidney bean style wheel is a new-old choice for the Resto Rod, 1950's and the quintessential front wheel on vintage Gassers, Muscle Cars, and Street Rods.
First introduced in 1954, our "early" small kidney bean wheels were carefully designed with nostalgia correctness in mind on both the front and the rear of the wheel. Front wheels come in the 15 x 4.5 size. We went to great pains for exact correctness of the kidney openings with the rear 16's. In fact, we waited for over a year to get an original 16" early-style kidney bean so we could measure the exact length of the kidney opening and duplicate it.
The 16's are available in the following sizes 16 x 8 and 16 x 10 and custom widths. With the combination of the 15's in the front and the 16's in the rear, it gives the proper wheel stagger, or "Big and Little" look desired by so many rodders today. They are available in all of the popular sizes and offsets to accomodate multiple uses. Offered in Full Polished front and rear, or our Retro hand finished wheel. Adding our flat plates to the rear wheels gives the ultimate Gasser look.
Real Rodders Wheels have brought back the classic Smoothie to give the owners and future builders of early 40's Resto Rods an authentic high-end look that is period-correct. A perfect alternative to use on your hot rod, other than the now played out, overdone, steel rim hub cap and beauty ring set up.
These rims were first brought out by the legend, Ted Halibrand, starting in the 1940's. They were used on the sprint race cars and were state of the art exotica for the day. These wheels found themselves on a select few of the hot rods of that time period, primarily because of the high cost.
These smoothies are now available in 356 aluminum at an affordable cost, and just like the originals and the car you're putting them on, they are Made In the USA. They are available in sizes 15 x 4.5, 16 x 8, and 16 x 10 with custom widths 16x6 - 16-15.
"Yesterday's styles with Today's Advanced Technology"
Our As-Cast, Machined, and Polished wheels come with a 30 Day Unconditional Guarantee. This applies to wheels that have not had a tire mounted on them, been altered or damaged in any way, and they must be returned to us in the original factory box.
THE 30 DAY UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE APPLIES ONLY TO OUR AS-CAST, MACHINED, AND POLISHED WHEELS.
SPECIAL ORDER FINISHES INCLUDING OUR N.O.S. DOW 7, EZ-CARE MAGNESIUM, AND RETRO FINISH ARE NOT RETURNABLE.
THE CLEAR COAT FINISH ON OUR WHEELS HAS A 2 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY.
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14 x 6 and 15 x 5.5
Our new 5.5" wide wheel has particular application to the front of street rods. The extra 1" of width toward the inside of the vehicle serves several purposes. The main benefits are:
1) Our 5.5" vs. their 4.5" rim width is much more suitable and compatible with a normally-used tire size, usually 155 x 15.
2) By insetting, or adding width to the backside of the rim, a noticeable decrease in steering effort is achieved at the steering wheel. It gives the car a "power steering feel".
3) Particularly on open front wheel cars such as roadsters, our 5.5" wheels with their extra inch of width cover up a large portion of the ugly brake "hang out".
15 x 8
Our new 8" wide wheel has these offset benefits. In line with contemporary design practices, our 8" wheel has more of the width toward the inside of the vehicle than many older wheel designs. Some of the benefits of this insetting of the wheel are:
1) Ease of steering and tracking when installed on the front of a vehicle.
2) Added clearance in the most sensitive tire-to-outer-edge area.
3) Eliminates the need for cutting the rear end housings and axles on most street rods. We suggest using a rear end flange-to-flange width of 59" on most '28 - '34 vintage cars.
4) When installed on street machines from the sixties, such as Z-28's, the wheel's additional width toward the outside is at a minimum in relation to stock. This works the best.
15 x 10
Our 10" wheel is exactly the same as our 8" wheel on the back side, or drum side. The extra 2 inches of width, in relation to the 8" wheel, is all to the outside. Here again, our dimensional offsets work to your benefit by not having too much width toward the inside. This allows the wheels to fit properly on a greater variety of applications.
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