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Sprint Wheels

PostPost by: pereirac » Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:09 pm

My wheels were powder coated in the late 1980's and they are still looking good. The only marks were where I missed with the hammer getting they wheel off. :oops: No flaking yet ..

I have Vredestein DOT 2012 Sprint 155/ R13 78H tyres fitted and am very happy with them, bought an extra tyre off eBay as a spare for about ?35 earlier this year. You can get two for ?65 from MyTyres on eBay at the UK (http://r.ebay.com/57n86J )

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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:46 pm

like many things.....there is powder coating, and then there is proper powder coating......
I have seen huge variation in finish and quality.......like many things, probably all in the preparation...

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PostPost by: Grizzly » Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:55 pm

Elanconvert wrote:like many things.....there is powder coating, and then there is proper powder coating......
I have seen huge variation in finish and quality.......like many things, probably all in the preparation...

:D fred :D

Exactly..... Usually the price is a direct reflection of the Quality / Longevity.
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PostPost by: sprint4dm » Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:34 am

Thanks for the replies, I was quoted ?20 per wheel for stripping and powder coating in satin Black, the company seemed very busy and were doing lots of wheels most of them were for Land Rovers but I did see some vintage wire wheels from a 1927 Austin Chummy and they looked very good.

The Vredestein tyres seem a sensible price has anyone any bad reports about them

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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:00 pm

I have a pair of vredestein sprint. they re ok. Cost less but offer less grip than my XAS.

So I put them in front and XAS at the rear.

My XAS are nearly worn out, the vredestein much harder compound are perfectly fine.
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:00 pm

I have a pair of vredestein sprint. they re ok. Cost less but offer less grip than my XAS.

So I put them in front and XAS at the rear.

My XAS are nearly worn out, the vredestein much harder compound are perfectly fine.
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:33 pm

Ian Jemison Engineering near York straighten and true steel Lotus Elan wheels for ?20, they also powder coat on site to a very high standard.

Does anybody know of a place in the SouthEast (UK) who can straighten and true Elan wheels?
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PostPost by: Keith Scarfe » Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:54 pm

Does anybody know of a place in the SouthEast (UK) who can straighten and true Elan wheels?

That would be great if we could find someone round out way Kev as I need mine doing too. I emailed that Ian Jemison place but didn't get a reply so not sure if they would really want to do them anyway. Might try phoning them one day. Still saving up for a set of Minilites as I think this is the only real solution.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:26 pm

It's a family business and they always seem to be working flat out, Ian is probably not the most computer literate person, but I am sure he will pick up the phone.
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PostPost by: oldchieft » Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:30 pm

MWS used to be at Jeddo Road, Shepherds Bush, London.

They could straighten or re-rim steel wheels. They salvaged some Morgan steel wheels for me.

They also made some bespoke rims on VW beetle centres for me.

They are now at Langley near Slough, I don't know if they are still up for this type of work.

They say they do classic steel wheels: -

http://www.mwsint.com/site/cms/contentC ... tegory=216

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