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What's on your Work Bench?

firefighter736

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D'oh - didn't even realize you were supposed to measure inside bead to bead. I'm a dummy.

Aren't they supposed to be stamped somewhere, as well? I'm going to sell these (I have center caps too) and want to make sure I'm not telling people they are something they're not.
 

Randyzzz

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Wheel widths are measured at the bead, so inside the lips. Those look like 8” to me.
 

Kim Dawson

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I restored this Laredo wheel today. These can get really nasty inside. The old foam padding turns to goo and it takes a lot of scraping and mineral spirits to get the mess off. The center steel part always rusts and the spokes are discolored from the original welds, so I mask it off and sand blast it. Then I clean the spokes and shine them up with sand paper and 3M pad. Then the center gets clear enamel so it won't rust again. Now I've got a nice clean, shiny wheel to take to my upholstery bench. The outside rim gets covered with neoprene and then I make up the leather cover and hand stitch it on. Then pad the spokes and hand stitch the spoke covers on. Done. Package it up and it goes out tomorrow. JT, this one is for you!
 

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certifiablejeep

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I restored this Laredo wheel today. These can get really nasty inside. The old foam padding turns to goo and it takes a lot of scraping and mineral spirits to get the mess off. The center steel part always rusts and the spokes are discolored from the original welds, so I mask it off and sand blast it. Then I clean the spokes and shine them up with sand paper and 3M pad. Then the center gets clear enamel so it won't rust again. Now I've got a nice clean, shiny wheel to take to my upholstery bench. The outside rim gets covered with neoprene and then I make up the leather cover and hand stitch it on. Then pad the spokes and hand stitch the spoke covers on. Done. Package it up and it goes out tomorrow. JT, this one is for you!

Looks great as always!

cb
 

NHScrambler

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I restored this Laredo wheel today. These can get really nasty inside. The old foam padding turns to goo and it takes a lot of scraping and mineral spirits to get the mess off. The center steel part always rusts and the spokes are discolored from the original welds, so I mask it off and sand blast it. Then I clean the spokes and shine them up with sand paper and 3M pad. Then the center gets clear enamel so it won't rust again. Now I've got a nice clean, shiny wheel to take to my upholstery bench. The outside rim gets covered with neoprene and then I make up the leather cover and hand stitch it on. Then pad the spokes and hand stitch the spoke covers on. Done. Package it up and it goes out tomorrow. JT, this one is for you!
Wow, beautiful work!
 

wm69

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I restored this Laredo wheel today. These can get really nasty inside. The old foam padding turns to goo and it takes a lot of scraping and mineral spirits to get the mess off. The center steel part always rusts and the spokes are discolored from the original welds, so I mask it off and sand blast it. Then I clean the spokes and shine them up with sand paper and 3M pad. Then the center gets clear enamel so it won't rust again. Now I've got a nice clean, shiny wheel to take to my upholstery bench. The outside rim gets covered with neoprene and then I make up the leather cover and hand stitch it on. Then pad the spokes and hand stitch the spoke covers on. Done. Package it up and it goes out tomorrow. JT, this one is for you!
Looks great! What does a wheel rewrap run? Looks like a great alternative to buying a used 35 year old wheel that likely is dried out anyway.
 

wm69

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That's not bad at all, especially given what good Laredo wheels bring these days!
 

certifiablejeep

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It is gonna take a bit to get it all down and moved over to the new place... then I have to fix up this one and repair a lot of things in here before I can start on the other one... gonna be a while, but at least it is moving in the right direction.

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This will be the last of the "work bench" pictures... I was just trying to show that finally it had to be completely cleaned off to move it... and eventually will be put back into service :)

cb
 

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