Wheel Rim Refurbishing

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10 years 4 months ago - 10 years 4 months ago #9842 by AZ IRONWOOD
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Had a severe blow-out, on the left front wheel of my van. It occurred at ~75MPH [downhill gravity], so suddenly and with such force, the inside rearview mirror broke loose from the windshield, and the FIRESTONE steel belted tire came completely off the wheel instantaneously!!!. Kept it perfectly straight and didn't bend the wheel. Had several experienced tire specialists inspect it [short of magnaflux/xraying] and they ran it on their balancing machines, in excess of 100MPH. Indicated OK, except for the 'road rash' incurred, as the wheel rim was in direct contact with the asphalt, for a couple hundred feet, while getting the van to a safe pullout. Was able to chuck the rim onto my lathe, and with a portable belt sander, hand rotating the wheel, was able to 'clean up' the rim edges, as good as new. Several coats of high gloss epoxy, and it's as good as new. Not the first bad experience with Firestones', so have decided to avoid them; from now on.
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10 years 4 months ago #9845 by dustywoodworker
dustywoodworker replied the topic: Re:Wheel Rim Refurbishing
It is good to know that you are OK after such an ordeal.

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9 years 6 months ago #10501 by nuhobby
nuhobby replied the topic: Re:Wheel Rim Refurbishing
What sort of chuck did you use? Glad you're safe and back in business.

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9 years 5 months ago #10532 by AZ IRONWOOD
AZ IRONWOOD replied the topic: Re:Wheel Rim Refurbishing
Sorry for the delay, been dealing with the Medical Professions. I don't recall exactly, as I 'dream up' various fixtures, to meet the challenge at hand. I may have been simply able to use a standard 4 finger inside/outside chuck. I could have made an aluminum or plywood [A-A or A-B quality] intermediate adapter fixture, to fit between a suitable faceplate, and the wheel rim. What ever I did solved the problem perfectly. The 'senior moments' are getting to the point I'm going to have to resort to recording what I do, using either a camcorder/digital camera.

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