Rudge Wheels

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Re: Rudge Wheels

#16 Post by David Jones » Fri Jul 01, 2022 10:39 am

Harlan, folks with Rudge wheels are unlikely to care about performance so any comments on their effect on handling are moot.
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Re: Rudge Wheels

#17 Post by Martin Benade » Fri Jul 01, 2022 11:47 am

I doubt if the handling is that much different under most conditions.
Terry, you actually could run wheels with other date codes, they’d feel much the same.
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Re: Rudge Wheels

#18 Post by Jules Dielen » Fri Jul 01, 2022 11:57 pm

The 356 'rudge' wheels were all made by Kronprinz, that is why they are not called Rudge on the Kardex. Rudge just owned the patent.
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Re: Rudge Wheels

#19 Post by Steve Proctor » Sat Jul 02, 2022 12:58 pm

I had a set once...
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Re: Rudge Wheels

#20 Post by Adam Wright » Mon Jul 04, 2022 10:23 am

Steve Proctor wrote:
Sat Jul 02, 2022 12:58 pm
I had a set once...Wrecked '58 Super Coupe.JPG
I have to ask, did that "buff out"?
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#21 Post by Steve Proctor » Thu Jul 07, 2022 4:24 pm

Nope, did not rub out. Had begun stripping the nose and Chevy driver without headlights on apparently did not see me enter the unlit intersection in Santa Maria, CA. I wound up in a front yard after being hit broadside and then in the RF fender by the same car. Engine and trans were bleeding from going sideways over the curb and I was bleeding from punching the windshield out with my forehead - I was lucky, eschewed an ambulance and one of the attending cops took me to the ER. Dash board was buckled, tub was toast. Got help from the PCA valuation guy that lived in Santa Barbara with data to substantiate value with the Ins Co. Bought the car back from the Ins Co and had plans to part it out (wind wings, wheels, Derrington, etc.), however I was a bachelor living in an apartment and they were giving me heat to get it off the property. A guy from Los Angeles contacted me about some parts I had for sale in the magazine (I think his last name was Moore) and one thing led to another. A few days later, he sent a truck and the entire mess was winched up onto the bed and took it away. Today, with all the replacement body parts available, might have been rebuildable, but this was 1982. Someone might be rolling on those wheels today, wish I knew if so and who...
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