Sep 20, 2016 update to the Triumph 1500 Spitfire project car

New Wheels for Our Spitfire

The stock steel Spitfire wheels with trim rings and caps weighed about 16 pounds each. Trim rings and caps often find a way to get lost while driving.

We wanted something lighter and sharper looking on our Spitfire

While at the Lime Rock vintage races a couple of years ago, we found a set of old Revolution wheels and paid just a bit over $100 for the set. While we hadn’t even bought the Spitfire yet, we knew we would have another Spitfire in our life soon and are always suckers for cheap wheels.

These four-spoke wheels weigh 8.0 pounds each and are 13x5.5 inches wide, so they’re the perfect size for a street Spitfire.

The wheels were pretty beat up, so rather than fuss with them ourselves, we sent them to Wheels America, where their Dallas location trued them, painted and then polished the rims. While we could clean and paint them ourselves, for about $100 per wheel, we cannot duplicate the job these guys do on almost all of our wheels. Thanks to Wheels America, we had essentially new wheels for a total investment of about $500.

We installed a set of General tires and now our Spitfire was good to go in the wheels and tire department.

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Spitsix
Spitsix HalfDork
9/20/16 5:43 p.m.

Look good - The Beetles think so

Revolution

jstein77
jstein77 UltraDork
9/22/16 9:41 a.m.

I see you have the car on a dyno. What were the results of that?

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