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Old 02-03-2014, 10:08 PM   #251
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Subbing. Awesome build!
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:23 AM   #252
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Time for another update! I figured I'd be bored waiting around for my MGB to come out of the paint shop so I started another little project. Since new wheels and tires are one things I'd like to install on the car once it's back, I decided to work on them now. Unfortunately, I burned through this so fast that I'm done with the wheels before my car even reaches the paint shop.

One of the early wheel options for the MGB was a steel disc wheel. I think they look pretty decent but they're relatively hard to find, they're 14x4 (very narrow), and they're designed to use tubes.



In order to retain a vintage look while being able to use a more modern tire size, I decided to buy a set of 2003-2006 Nissan Sentra 15x6 steel wheels from the junkyard and modify them to correct the offset. I read online that the Sentra wheels have a +41mm offset but that's way too high for the MGB. Could I use spacers? Probably. But I didn't want to for a few reasons.


The wheels have a two-piece construction so the center of the wheel is welded to the barrel. Step one to fixing the offset was (carefully) grinding away the welds from the edges of the center to free it from the barrel.


After that, I marked the inside of the barrel to where the offset should be. I then (carefully) pounded the turds out of the wheel centers with a sledgehammer to move the centers to the marks. Here's what the wheels look like on my Dad's MGB GT.


You can kind of see the difference between the two wheels here. The stock Sentra wheel is on the left while the modified wheel is on the right.


The tedious part to this is fine tuning the balance of each wheel. I had to mount each wheel and set up a dial gauge to measure the run out as I slowly spun it by hand. I had read online that the acceptable lateral run out is .050" but I was able to get the wheels within about .020" (not too shabby). I had to tack weld the wheels, verify the run out, weld them solid, and then verify the run out one last time. I found the steel on these wheels is pretty thick so warping isn't really a concern. Yes, the welds are solid. No, I'm not going to die. At least not because of the wheel welds.

The other day I painted one of the wheels Argent Silver with some VHT rattle can paint and mounted it to my car. I taped a Chevy rallye wheel baby moon on to show a more finished look.


I photoshopped an image of my wheels and baby moons onto an MGB. Hopefully this is what the finished result looks like:


I suppose I'll have to find some other projects to work on in the meantime. I can't wait to get this thing done!
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:40 AM   #253
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that's some very nice work right there. hope i can see this thing in action sometime.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:47 AM   #254
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The best part of all this was him grinding and hammering on the wheels in my driveway late into the evening so that all my neighbors could enjoy his work as well. Sledgehammer + wheel sounds like a large gong!

I have to admit, they do look good! And they were a lot cheaper than my wheels.
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Old 03-19-2014, 10:23 AM   #255
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The best part of all this was him grinding and hammering on the wheels in my driveway late into the evening so that all my neighbors could enjoy his work as well.
Well DUH. I certainly didn't want to piss off my neighbors.
I'm sure your neighbors have learned to tolerate you by now.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:12 PM   #256
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^^hahaha

Nice work on the wheels!
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:23 AM   #257
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Good work, still busy with Fab. over purchase when you can I see.

Nice to mention the detail on getting them straight. Without mentioning that someone might try to copy the idea by ruler & eyeball!

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All of this. A+++. Im hungry for updates.
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My God.... This thread = WIN!! Great job you guys! I hope to do some of these modifications to my Zetec, to see this in an MGB is an awesome thing.

Troy. :)
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