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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mustang Styled Steel Wheels-Repro. vs. Original

For you detail freaks, we will give you a quick look at the reproduction vs. original styled steel wheel. We were lucky enough to borrow an original from Jeremy Turner at Maple Hill Restoration. He is also performing the restoration work on our Poppy Red Hi-Po Convertible (you'll see posts on that car later.) First, it is interesting to point out that the original wheel is dated. This particular example's month date is hidden by the rivet, but you can see the year. You will also find the Kelsey Hayes (the original manufacturer) stamp.

The center of the Scott Drake Styled Steel Wheel is flattened like the original. The stamping detail is also very, very close.These photos show the back of the wheels. The original was riveted together. The reproduction has "simulated" rivets and is welded to meet today's standards.
The back stamping and configuration is virtually identical. If you have any questions on these wheels, please give us a call.

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