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MG MGA - Looking for Steel Wheels
I'm looking for 2 or more steel wheels for my MGA. I live in Ontario. Anyone close to me have some for sale? Please let me know.
|I don't have any for sale but: there are at least 2 different steel wheel that were stock on pushrod MGAs. 1500 style and a different wheel for 1600 cars.|
The two wheels look similar but the 1500 ones won't clear the disc brakes on a 1600.
The wheel with the tire on the car is a 1500 style one. The unmounted wheel is for a 1600.
|R J Brown|
|Where abouts in Ontario are you Ian?|
A fellow in our club (Ottawa MG Club) apparently has a set of solid MGA wheels for sale. See his ad titled 'MGB Rims 1962-67' here (http://omgc.info/classifieds_1_3/index.php?method=showhtmllist&list=classifiedscategory&rollid=12&fromfromlist=classifiedscategory&fromfrommethod=showhtmllist&clearoff=1). I don't know which style they are, but you could give him a call to find out.
|Thanks, I'm located in Kitchener.|
|The MGB wheels are 14" MGA are 15" You can use mgb wheels and tires on a MGA 1500 not a 1600 the rotors rub the wheels.|
|R J Brown|
|The MGA 1500 type wheels WILL fit and clear the calipers on a 1600 car. Surprise. Aside from differences in appearances, the later type wheel has 1-gauge thicker metal in the center piece, and 1-gauge thinner metal in the rim piece. Net result is a stronger wheel that is 2-pounds lighter weight.|
The later wheel was introduced in January 1959, a few months before introduction of the 1600 model, so there were a few thousand 1500's produced with the later type wheels.
|I'm going to take the rims off and use them to replace the rims on my Twin Cam wheels. Would the correct rims be from the 1500 or 1600?|
|I thought the TC rims were a peg-drive wheel, or am I thinking Jaguar...|
|> The MGB wheels are 14" MGA are 15" You can use mgb wheels and tires on a MGA 1500 not a 1600 the rotors rub the wheels. |
RJ, the ad I pointed Ian to actually does list a set of 15" MGA wheels even though the title suggests otherwise.
You're planning to remove the rivets and separate the center from the rim? Then put the rims on your Twin Cam centers, I presume.
|k v morton|
Yes that's correct. The Twin Cam rims were widened by a DPO with flat metal poorly welded around the rim to make them 6" wide and unusable. I would like to bring them back to standard size and they look to be identical to a sample 1500 rim I have. I have just today removed all the rivets from both the TC and the 1500 and sure enough its a perfect match with the TC centers a tight fit within the 1500 outer rim. The rivet holes are in the wrong spot but I can weld them shut and drill new ones. I'm looking for 2 more 1500 rims. Any help would be appreciated.
|I have a lot of wheels. the problem is finding a straight one. If you know someone who can straighten the wheels let me know. A member of my local club said he had sandblasted and painted his wheels and then took them to the tire shop to be ballanced and two of them were bent. I went threw about ten wheels that I have for him and all but two were bent.|
Keith at Foreign Parts Positively in Washington state has a huge inventory of used parts. You might try him.
|k v morton|
|Ian, I saw this ad on Kijiji this morning (no affiliation, btw). Parts are in Kingston. He apparently has a bunch of wheels but I don't know if any are MGA.|
|It is entirely possible that "bent" wheels are not in fact bent at all. It's the same problem as with Rostyle or wire wheels - the dippy modern tire shop guys don't know how to mount a wheel correctly on their wizzbang machines. The center holes on these wheels cannot be used for accurate location, as they were not designed for such. Mount the wheel on a hub with good bearings and indicate off the bead seats. If a wheel is bent, it is usually bent in the center, not the rim, barring obvious impact damage. So, for Ian's purpose, "bent" wheels could be fine - he only needs straight rims.|
I contacted the guy on Kijiji and he said most of his MGA parts are gone.
This thread was discussed between 29/10/2009 and 03/11/2009
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