Wheels

Master Wheelwright Dave Engel

 

 

WHEELS

 

I’ve been at the wheelwright trade since 1979 and needless to say, I’ve seen a few wheels. Whether they’re large or small, light or heavy, rubber tired or steel tired, horse drawn or automotive, civilian or military, old style or new roller bearing, foreign or domestic, I’ve had ‘em come through. And I still enjoy working on them! If you’re interested in learning a bit of the trade yourself, I have begun putting together a video series on The Art of the Wheelwright. The first tape deals with common repair concerns you’ll find in old wheels and how to identify different styles of wheels. Tape two walks you through the whole process of building a light buggy wheel – start to finish.

 

In this section, I’ll put together some charts on how I figure repair expenses as well as new wheel prices. This is also in our catalog, so if you’re interested in some numbers you can write, call or email me and we’ll get it figured out.

 

BUGGY WHEELS

 

If you have noticed in the ‘Hub’ section, light roller bearing hubs and light buggy wheel Sarven hubs are about the same price range so there isn’t a price difference between the two wheel styles. The same style spokes, felloes, and tires are used on both. If you are considering a new vehicle, now is the time to consider roller bearing wheels. Going this way you will need roller bearing axles to match also. (See ‘Axles’) If you are rebuilding an older vehicle and want to preserve the original Sarven style wheel, we would need the boxing (or box) out of the old hub. In this case, the best approach is to package up the remnants of the old wheels and send them to us. This way we can sort through what’s salvageable and replace what ever is needed. As you begin to become more aware of original wheels in general, you’ll notice they have a distinct styling to them. They needed to be functional, but they also had to be stylish and that is what we duplicate. I call it ‘function and fashion’. Many wheels being produced on the market today definitely have the function, but lack in the fashion area. It involves more time and attention to details, but results in a more original style wheel. That’s what we do here.

 

NEW LIGHT BUGGY WHEELS

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SIZE STEEL TIRES / WHEEL RUBBER TIRES / WHEEL

Up to 1 1/8” hub

$255.00

$285.00

Up to 1 1/4” hub

$295.00

$325.00

Up to 1 1/2” hub

$305.00

$335.00

 

Many original wheels are merely in need of a spoke or two replaced, a felloe repaired and a tire reset. This is often the case where wheels have set in one place for a long period of time; the grass has grown over and the wheels have settled into the dirt. In case that’s true with your wheels, I’ve included some break down pricing for repairs. These include light and heavy wheels.

 

REPLACING SARVEN SPOKES

SIZE 5 OR LESS 6 OR MORE

Up to 1 ¼”

$8.00

$6.50

Up to 1 ½”

$9.50

$7.50

Up to 1 ¾”

$12.00

$9.80

Up to 2”

$16.00

$13.90

Up to 2 ¼”

$19.00

$17.00

Up to 2 ½”

$24.00

$21.00

REPLACING WAGON SPOKES

SIZE 5 OR LESS 6 OR MORE

2”

$16.00

$14.00

2 ¼”

$18.00

$16.00

2 ½”

$20.00

$18.00

3”

$24.00

$22.00

REPLACING BENT FELLOES

SIZE $ / WHEEL

1” up to 44”

$65.00

1” up to 50”

$66.00

1 1/8” up to 44”

$65.00

1 1/8” up to 50”

$66.00

1 1/4” up to 44”

$68.00

1 1/4” up to 50”

$69.00

1 1/2” up to 44”

$75.00

1 1/2” up to 50”

$78.00

2” up to 44”

$105.00

2” up to 50”

$108.00

2 1/2” up to 44”

$105.00

2 1/2” up to 50”

$108.00

3” up to 44”

$140.00

3” up to 50”

$145.00

4” up to 44”

$160.00

4” up to 50”

$165.00

REPLACING SAWN SECTION FELLOES

SIZE $ / SECTION

2”

$24.00

2 ½”

$30.00

3”

$35.00

SETTING TIRES

SIZE $ / WHEEL

Up to 1 ½”

$65.00

Up to 3”

$75.00

Over 3”

$85.00

We do a large number of heavy wheel repairs where the hubs are useable and the tires are good. Some common sizes are presented here. This includes all new spokes, bent felloes, and the old steel tire reset on an old useable hub.

 

HEAVY WHEELS REBUILT

SPOKE SIZE FELLOE SIZE $ / FRONT $ / REAR

2”

2”

$299.00

$326.00

2 ¼”

2”

$347.00

$382.00

2 ½”

2 ½”

$376.00

$416.00

2 ½”

3”

$385.00

$426.00

3”

3”

$433.00

$482.00

3”

4”

$454.00

$503.00

On good old hubs with bent felloes.

Sawn section felloes an additional 12%

 

(If the hubs are bad and need replacing, add $295.00 / wheel)

(If new iron tires are needed, additional / wheel. Please call for current prices)

 

We also build stagecoach wheels on the Archibald roller bearing hub that can incorporate a 12 hydraulic brake system and axles up to 2 ½”. Common sizes are 45” fronts and 60” rears and can be with either a 5/8 x 2 ½” steel tires or 2 ½” rubber tires.

 

STAGECOACH WHEELS

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45” x 60” x 2 ½” – 5/8” Steel Tire

45” x 60” x 2 ½” – Rubber Tire

$2910.00 / set of 4

$3190.00 / set of 4

(Wooden hub coach wheels also available)

 

CANNON WHEELS

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Built to 1857 Ordnance specs, these 3” x 57” wheels are for 12 Pdr. Guns. We are currently building these wheels for $900.00 each. Spindles to fit these wheels are also available. Plans are available for a wide variety of authentic cannons, so let us know what your project needs for wheels.