[ROVERNET - UK] Wheels - Lots of info...
jaguru at bellsouth.net
Fri Aug 4 17:51:36 BST 2006
Kent; I measured the holes on both the 3500S wheel and the Magnum 500, I
sent you photos of. The 3500S is 3 inches between holes one and two; and
4.75 inches between one and three. The Magstar 500 (Also marked 14 x 5 1/2
Unistyle) is 2 3/4 inch between one and two, and 4.5 inches between one and
three. A Rostyle would be the same measurement as the 3500S. James Dean
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kent Kinard" <kkinard at wcc.net>
To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
Sent: Friday, August 04, 2006 9:08 AM
Subject: Re: [ROVERNET - UK] Wheels - Lots of info...
> Hi Fletcher et al.,
> Even I'm beginning to get confused on this. I like the comment that
> "parts on cars take precedent", so this is what I have or have had in the
> way of parts.
> I have hubs with 1/2 " studs and 4 3/4" bolt circle.
> I have had, but cannot now locate, at least one steel wheel with welded
> center which matches these hubs.
> I can find no evidence from catalogue or OEM data that indicates that
> Motor Wheel ever made a steel Magnum 500 in anything other than 4 1/2 and
> 4 3/4 inch bolt circles. Studs and nuts may have varied, but all the Rover
> Magnum 500 I have seen were welded centers and large studs.
> Assumption: If Motor Wheel had made a Magnum 500 with a 5" circle, Rover
> would have bought them and saved the expense of machining the hubs for an
> odd (other than 5") bolt patern. Magstar production was such that the
> centers could simply be machined to a particular bolt patern, thus Rover
> ordered them to fit the stock 5" bolt patern hubs. 5" Magnum 500 would
> have required a special stamping which would have driven the price of the
> wheels up considerably. From the small volume of Magnum 500 and the
> short time they were available, it would seem they were a sort of
> stop-gap. The decision to offer styled wheels evidently came from sales
> and probably from North America and the styled wheels were a popular
> option. Magnum 500 and Magstar were never offered outside North America.
> I think Vern's research tends to point in this direction.
> All the Rover RO-stlyes I have ever seen or owned (I have about 20 wheels
> in stock now) had a 5" bolt circle and were rivetted construction. I have
> never looked closely at RO-styles for any other vehicle (MG, etc.) and my
> reference should have been to Rover wheels only. I would like to see a
> set of RO stamped Rover wheels with welded construction. They may exist.
> I just haven't seen any. I would like to see a Magnum 500 with a 5" bolt
> circle. They may exist. Ford did offer the Magnum 500 at the same time
> that some Mustangs had a 5" bolt circle. I doubt they were offered in
> combination. I just haven't seen any.
> There is a slight difference in the relationship between rim and center on
> the welded wheel vis a vis the rivetted wheel. I seem to remember the
> welded wheel having a deeper "dish."
> Bottom line: If your wheels fit your hubs and you are happy, then I am
> happy. If you are ordering used or new wheels, make sure they fit the
> hubs you have before you pay.
> And never, never send anything out of the US by way of USPS. Peter
> Mitchell's bonnet badge is lost somewhere between Texas and Western
> Australia. If I have seemed testy, I appologise.
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