Rudge or knock off?

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Rudge or knock off?

#1 Post by David Jones » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:56 am

I know it is a knock off but is it an original knock off. How would one identify an original Rudge knock off spinner. It is heavy and looks unused.
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Re: Rudge or knock off?

#2 Post by david deluca » Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:00 pm

Hi David. If the cap,so to speak, in the middle is a seperate piece, than it is an orginal
 

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Re: Rudge or knock off?

#3 Post by Geoff Fleming » Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:06 pm

I second Dave's input...having seen the real things on one of his great cars.
In the late 1980s, I saw a set of PORSCHE knockoffs on a T-5 sunroof coupe at a swapmeet. Someone finally purchased the entire car mainly to own the knockoffs.

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Re: Rudge or knock off?

#4 Post by Jim Breazeale » Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:13 pm

David

That is definitely a real Rudge Knock off. Appears to have been rechromed and never used since.

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Re: Rudge or knock off?

#5 Post by Adam Wright » Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:39 pm

Here are some for comparison.
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Re: Rudge or knock off?

#6 Post by David Jones » Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:59 pm

The cap feels thin but it is difficult to tell if it is removable or not and I have no desire to damage it by attempting to remove it so it can stay put. Meanwhile I have to talk to the owner about pricing it. I am leaning toward believing it is an original as there would be no point in making a repo with a thin cap and the very distinctive fit line around the cap. I could be wrong so more opinions will be welcome. Were there never any ID marks on the original spinners?
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Re: Rudge or knock off?

#7 Post by Adam Wright » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:05 pm

Here are two examples of known repro spinners.
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Re: Rudge or knock off?

#8 Post by Adam Wright » Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:21 pm

Here is one I had at the shop, it's in bare metal so you can see all the details.
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