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Rudge Wheels

#1 Post by Terry Thomann » Wed Jun 29, 2022 5:15 pm

Were Rudge wheels a Porsche dealer or other option? How do I document their use to a car show judge? Thanks
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#2 Post by Peter Silten » Wed Jun 29, 2022 8:35 pm

Rudge wheels are listed on my car's Kardex, so I assume they were a factory option.

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#3 Post by Victor Ingram » Wed Jun 29, 2022 9:04 pm

IMO Rudge wheels are a great look, and you and Peter are fortunate to have them on your car.

Unfortunately not all information made it on to the Kardex.
If you bought the car that way and a judge inquires, I would tell him the truth, this is the way
I bought the car so I can only assume it was built this way. Unfortunately the wheels did not make it
to the Kardex.

Most judges will admire the wheels and not contest it. If you guys would like to share a picture of your cars with the Rudge wheels?
I think you will have quite a few admirers on the Registry.

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#4 Post by Peter Silten » Wed Jun 29, 2022 11:14 pm

I said they were on my car's Kardex. Unfortunately, they are not on my car. They are long gone. ☹️

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#5 Post by Martin Benade » Wed Jun 29, 2022 11:22 pm

That’s not all bad. Now you have less cool but more functional wheels.
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#6 Post by bil brown » Thu Jun 30, 2022 8:09 am

I like the Rudge wheels painted silver.....anyone have a pic?
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#7 Post by William Block » Thu Jun 30, 2022 9:03 am

One of the most interesting photographs in Tony Singer's Porsche Factory Tour Summer 1960 is of not just Rudge brakes but 356B Rudge brakes.
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#8 Post by Adam Wright » Thu Jun 30, 2022 10:46 am

bil brown wrote:
Thu Jun 30, 2022 8:09 am
I like the Rudge wheels painted silver.....anyone have a pic?
Here is the set I sold to Freddy Rabbit.
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#9 Post by Adam Wright » Thu Jun 30, 2022 10:51 am

Terry Thomann wrote:
Wed Jun 29, 2022 5:15 pm
Were Rudge wheels a Porsche dealer or other option? How do I document their use to a car show judge? Thanks
Terry
You could probably get a dealer to fit a set to your car, but usually they were ordered with the car and appeared on the Kardex, like this.
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#10 Post by Terry Thomann » Thu Jun 30, 2022 10:47 pm

That is very helpful. I can't read German. Does this kardex mention Rudge Wheels? This would be a good documentation for a judge. Thank you.
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#11 Post by Peter Silten » Thu Jun 30, 2022 11:04 pm

Radzentralverschluss-rader = Rudge wheels.

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#12 Post by Adam Wright » Thu Jun 30, 2022 11:05 pm

Terry Thomann wrote:
Thu Jun 30, 2022 10:47 pm
That is very helpful. I can't read German. Does this kardex mention Rudge Wheels? This would be a good documentation for a judge. Thank you.
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#13 Post by Peter Silten » Fri Jul 01, 2022 12:07 am

FWIW, satz = set. My Kardex doesn't use the word satz, only Radzentralverschluss-rader

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#14 Post by Harlan Halsey » Fri Jul 01, 2022 4:57 am

Knock off hubs were common on prewar racing cars because of the necessity of changing tires during the race. Today race cars use single nut wheels changed with an air wrench. But the Rudge Wheels discussed here on 356s are a silly affectation. They are heavier than the stock wheels, reducing performance, and nobody has to change tires so fast. Unless they're on a 300SL they have no place in my garage.

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#15 Post by Terry Thomann » Fri Jul 01, 2022 9:52 am

All very true but I have the knock off wheels and I don't want to have to purchase a set of original 1960 date coded wheels to replace them. Besides people seem to like them
Thanks to all for your comments.
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