The tires will be something like these but much simpler treads.
They will be much thinner to fit the truck.
Going to experiment with some cheap new hole saws and see if I can make some truck tires for my latest project.
This is an 18 hole saw set for $16 so way cheap and light duty.
From Harbor Freight.
The main thing I’m after here is the large choice of hole sizes for making tires.
3/4 In – 5 In Carbon Steel Hole Saw Set 18 Pc
When I showed the truck in my tanker truck tread I had stolen the wheels off my 1932 Lincoln kb project so I’m in need of some truck wheels.
When i made the Lincoln I built some spoke wheels for the first time, made 8 of them and the first two didn’t come out just right so they can be used on the truck
but would really like some wheels that look like they came with the truck. lol
I’m wanting to make some 2 7/8 tires so put the 3” hole saw in my drill press [Shop Smith] ,
and on the lowest speed setting tried to drill a wheel well my saw is way to fast and just didn’t like the feel of it so went and using my 18v Ryobi and drilled out 8 3/4 thick oak blanks for the tires in no time.
Note to self- plain board before drilling out the holes so the wood will stay the same thickness.
So that tells me the cheap thin metal isn’t putting that much of a load on the power drill, the drill did get hot but don’t need to do them all at once any way..
OK so got the main tires drilled out.
It really did a pretty smooth job for a 3” hole saw.
I’m going to be using a hole pattern with 10 points, this will give us 5 lag bolt holes and 5 spokes.
Got this sheet from Dutchy and it’s been really handy for my spoke and lag drilling.
I could drill out some centers but I’ve got a bunch a 1 1/2 tires i bought and will never use plus they have a really nice shape to them so.
Now the pattern need to be put on the wheel so glued the pattern on a thin chunk a wood and drilled out the center now with the drill bit in place you can hold the tire and pattern and mark them.
Now we need a jig to hold the tire while we drill out for the spokes.
As you can see in the picture above the hole is half on the tire so need to use a 3/8 forstner drill bit so it drills it and doesn’t slide off.
To make this much easier build a jig with a dowel that fits tight in the tire and clamp the jig down so the dowel stays put and the drill always hits the same spot on the tire..
I just happened to have the old pattern I used to line up the drill bit and that’s what you see in the second picture.
Now the tire can turn to drill every other mark but it will always hit the same place on the tire.
Now all the spokes are drilled need to make a better mark for the lag bolt hole and I hit it with a all to be sure the small drill bit goes where it should.
Now we need to drill out the center of the 3’ tire.
I used a wore out 1 1/2” hole saw and when I was done with the first one I couldn’t believe it but the center fit just right.
The last time I made tires I drilled out the centers bigger and had to sand them down to fit in.
Shaped the inside edges then sanded and buffed the parts.
Then glue up the parts.
Be sure to hold them down till the glue takes hold they need to be straight with the rims.
Have the centers that will be the front tires flush with the front of the tire and the back rims will be glued toward the back of the tire.
Once the tires are set used the sanding jig to sand them round and to a uniform size.
I have my sander hooked up to the cyclone to keep the dust down and the fan to keep the heat down it’s getting hot up in our neck of the woods.
Now used the table saw with a skill saw blade [very thin] to cut three grooves and had planned to cut cross ways and make treads but this oak came from a platform bed I built 35 years ago and the wood was way old then so seems to be chipping quite badly so not going with the full treads this time.
Now glue in the tooth picks for the lag bolts and call it a day way to hot to go on today.
Will show the finished pictures here tomorrow, and thanks for looking in.
-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.