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Cub Rear Wheel Repair/Restoration

Postby gmiscannonjr » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:12 pm

I did not see anything on the site for rear wheel repair so i thought i would document my experience. I have not done wheel repair before so any advice is welcome. The wheels are for my cub and have 8-24 Firestone Champion Ground Grip tires mounted. My plan is to have the wheels blasted to find the full extent of the rust damage and weld in patches and repair as needed. Then continue with a nice coat of the original silver paint.
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George
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Re: Cub Rear Wheel Repair/Restoration

Postby Bob McCarty » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:19 pm

After sandblasting, you may decide to cover the entire valve stem area with a patch and cut a new hole elsewhere.
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Re: Cub Rear Wheel Repair/Restoration

Postby Barnyard » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:53 pm

If you are blasting them yourself, then I would say to do so. If you have to pay someone, I would suggest you use a wire wheel and brush away every thing you can the assess the damage first. Those wheels look border line and may need to be replaced. I wouldn't waste money on blasting until I knew for sure.
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Re: Cub Rear Wheel Repair/Restoration

Postby staninlowerAL » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:22 am

If you decide to salvage the rims, Bob's advice is probably the most practical. To get a decent looking welding patch repair you will need to find a donor rim for the patches. In addition to these recommendation, I would add that after cleaning use a good quality rust preventative/inhibitor before any painting. It will make your repair last a lot longer.

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Re: Cub Rear Wheel Repair/Restoration

Postby Gary S. » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:35 pm

I'm in the same boat guy's. I had thought about fixing them too but now you have me thinking. Whats best for a working tractor- good used ones or new? I'm still riding on the small 7 something inch Firestones. I would never put calcium chloride in them again but have thought about anti freeze.

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Re: Cub Rear Wheel Repair/Restoration

Postby Eugene » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:38 pm

Gary S. wrote:Whats best for a working tractor- good used ones or new?
If you don't care about looks, patch the current rims. Small holes can be patched with epoxy.

Inflated tire pressure is only around 20 psi.

Research the price of new and used rims, then decide.
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Re: Cub Rear Wheel Repair/Restoration

Postby staninlowerAL » Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:44 pm

Eugene wrote:......Small holes can be patched with epoxy........
I have had good success using 16 or 18 ga sheet metal formed to fit the contour and sandwiched between layers of resin and fiberglass cloth. Here's a front rim with a valve stem hole the size of a golf ball that got that treatment:
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