51 Ford Rims

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Blog entry by SouthavenToyMaker posted 08-16-2016 01:54 AM 433 reads 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Took some pictures of the Rims and tires during the build, so I figured i would blog it.

First I located a rim that I liked on the web that was a perfect frontal picture. This is what I started with.

I printed it out then shrank to a size I wanted on the copy machine.

To make the outside ring of the rim i used a Hole saw and forstner bit. I start with the hole saw only going about 1/4 of an inch or so. (I use a 2 1/8 hole saw bit )

Now I cut out the center with the forstner bit. ( I use a 1 3/4 bit)

Now I go back and finish the cut with the hole saw, using the previous kerf as a guide to finish the cut. I rout the inside edge of the rim with a cove bit

I do this same process for the tires as well. (2 3/4 hole saw bit and a 2 1/4 forstner bit) I currently do not have a 2 1/4 forstner bit so i cut the center out o the scroll saw and sanding out on the oscillating sander.
I do not rout the inside edge of the tire.

Now I drill out the holes from the rim template and cut out the center shape. (I used 1/4 thick stock)

(I added small strips of cherry to each post of the center piece to accent, (cut from 1/8 thick stock) glued them in place, once dry sanded to desired thickness)

Now I sand the center piece to fit the rim ring.

Add the tire to the rim assembly and rout a the edge of the tire with a cove bit.

Add toothpicks for lugs, and more sanding as needed.

I’m not at home so I am only recalling the bit sizes I will check when I get home and if you need them let me know.

-- Is "Good Enough " really ever good enough?

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#1 posted 08-16-2016 06:39 AM

Very nice. Thanks for the blog.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#2 posted 08-16-2016 11:06 AM

Thanks for the great”how to” on making these wheels.

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#3 posted 08-16-2016 03:34 PM

THANKS so very much for wheel build blog …... I may use it someday that I just build 1 without using plans ….Bruce is kind of being a good inspiration to me…... .with all his choo choos …..LMAO


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#4 posted 08-16-2016 07:03 PM

been thinking about building a hot rod so these rims are right up my ally for that.
Add some tread for the front tires, slicks on the back for sure, and they’d be meaner than snat me thinks.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#5 posted 08-16-2016 10:08 PM

Nice creative thinking and good job on the craftsmanship as well.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 08-17-2016 03:24 AM

They are a great set of wheels, thanks for sharing the process with us.

-- Peter New Zealand

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