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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Aug 30th, 09, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for American made Torque Thrust style wheels

I'm looking for Torque Thrust style wheels for my 67, but am having a lot of difficulty finding ones that are American made. I have contacted American Racing, Rocket Brand Racing Wheels, and Vintage Wheel Works and they have replied that all their wheels are made of chinesium. They explained that the 2 piece wheels are assembled here from parts made in china, though. Anyone know of a TT style wheel that is made here, or am I stuck with more imported stuff since a domestic equivalent is not available?

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Re: Looking for American made Torque Thrust style wheels

Recheck your vintage contact. I am pretty sure they are completly made in the US. Now as for metal used, it's going to be hard to get away from China. The cost goes way up for the metals that make true US made parts. I work in the defence industry and we have to have metals for hardware and everything else that is American, it gets very expensive. I don't think that even the highest priced wheels will get you metal from the US, it could be a mix.

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Re: Looking for American made Torque Thrust style wheels

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Hello Art,

Our one-piece wheels are cast over seas and our two-piece wheels are assembled in our facility in La Mirada, CA. All of our wheels go through a very strict QC and we stand strong behind them.

Thank you for your interest in our wheels,

Eli

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16450 Phoebe Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90638
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Came right from the source. Note how they mention the 2 piece wheels are assembled in CA, when I called them they explained how the imported shells are pressed into the centers there. Center Line wheels are still USA, but they don't have a wheel choice that fits the bill for me.

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Re: Looking for American made Torque Thrust style wheels

Old wheels from a swap meet ?

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Old wheels from a swap meet ?

Or craigslist -- that's where I found mine (they have MADE IN THE USA cast into the back of each wheel!)



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www.newgenwheels.com

They are two piece billet, fully machined right here in the USA. You can have them in any size you want, in any finish you want, and any backspace and bolt pattern you want. Completely custom built to fit your individual needs.




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Re: Looking for American made Torque Thrust style wheels

Thanks for the links. Craigslist near me has been dry as far as the wheels I want, I got a link via PM that looks like what I need. I'm going for the vintage look with this car so the big billet wheels don't fit the bill too well. I never thought it would be this hard to keep my money in the US

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Re: Looking for American made Torque Thrust style wheels

I've got the MB Wheels chrome "Old School" model. Lifetime warranty from Discount Tire. Got a set of 17" in 8" front and 9.5" rear with Z rated tires mounted, balanced, and shipped for under a grand. They make the correct backspacing for first gens which is sometimes hard to find without a custom order.

Not sure about where the Old School is made, but several of the MB models are made in Japan in the same factories as some OEM models and MB Wheels are only sold at Discount Tire. You can probably email Discount and ask. They're pretty responsive.

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Thanks for the links. Craigslist near me has been dry as far as the wheels I want, I got a link via PM that looks like what I need. I'm going for the vintage look with this car so the big billet wheels don't fit the bill too well. I never thought it would be this hard to keep my money in the US
New Gens start in a 15" step lip. Just fyi for other people, and we can powder coat the center matte grey if you want the not polished look.

Either way, good luck with your search.
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Re: Looking for American made Torque Thrust style wheels

Artie,

Can't blame you for wanting an old school look. I purposely went with 15" TorqThrust D's and 60 series tires for that reason, I wanted the tall tire look. I bought these 6 months ago from America's Tire Company and had them mount 225 and 245 BFG T/A's on them. I know they were not made in the USA but I couldn't be happier with the fit and the finished look.


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I just got off the phone with Jon,I assume the same Jon? Anyways I really like the thrashers but I will have to keep shopping on Craigslist...
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Re: Looking for American made Torque Thrust style wheels

VWW wheels are top quality,I would re-consider those.
Eli & Rusty are great peeps to work with or just deal with Jon from driverzinc.

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Re: Looking for American made Torque Thrust style wheels

I think I might have what you are looking for an original set of American racing wheels 15 7s rear 15 6 fronts they have been restored they have brand new tires less than 10 miles on them I would like to do the mb wheels old school in 17 front and 18 reading might consider selling my wheels call me 707 287 4788
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Re: Looking for American made Torque Thrust style wheels

Russ. . . .now that looks great. The way first gen cars were designed to look. Some guys want big wheels, big brakes, expensive control arms this and that to drive to the show a dozen times a year. . . not even exercising those hi dollar components! Not that the stuff ins't cool! I bought a 05 Vette at auction for $19k to satisfy the need for new tech stuff. . . still got my 6 69's to remind me of the good ole days. . . oh well just an old guy talkin.
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Re: Looking for American made Torque Thrust style wheels

Swap meets, craigslist, Ebay, the jalopy journal forums, etc. I bought these ET uni-lugs from an old local guy who told me he took them off a wrecked Dodge Charger in about 1973 and stored them in his barn. I had them bead blasted then painted them myself. 15x6 & 15x8 1/2. Building 40+ year old cars ain't always as easy as picking up the phone & ordering stuff or nearly as much fun... These wheels are probably as old as my Camaro. I paid $200 bucks for the set and the center caps, special lug nuts & washers are readily available on Ebay. I probably have $400 total invested including blasting, paint, lug nuts & caps, etc. What's getting harder everyday is finding good quality US made 15" performance style tires. These Coopers are still US made.
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