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How to fix deep pits on Rally II wheels ?


   I was in Regina this weekend visiting my kids and went to buy some,  believe it or not, date matching #s 14 X 6 Pontiac Rally II wheels for my 1972 Lemans. I was wondering how I would fix deep pits around where the tire beads sits on the wheels and if they were still safe to drive ? I passed on the wheels for now but if it ain't too much of an issue I'd buy them if we agree on a better price.

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Depending on how bad the pits are, I bet you could fill them with a product the body shops used (All Metal or something like that?) and with some time spent on them they would likely be fine. I guess it comes down to how bad are the "deep pits"?

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Thanks Carl, I'll check with Winnipeg Wheels and see what they do.

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I had set like that, and welded them over, and re-drilled them..  My body at body shop did it ...  Some of the new products, CARL suggested are good...

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What do you mean by redrill them ? where ? Thanks.

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Sorry   I re-read the post   As Carl said then, you can fill them with body shop materials  At our tire shop we often had to buff bead areas and we applied bead sealer anyway     so any product that can fill them will be better   sorry no I was obviously thinking valves.. 



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HI sand blast  then use 2 part epoxy to fill ..the epoxy used to repair rubber bumpers  

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I phoned Winnipeg Wheel work and they said they just put a thicker paint over the pits ??? I was wondering if I could grind some down ?

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they probably mean, to use thicker, to fill the pits  and then smooth the beads...

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pontorquer wrote:

I phoned Winnipeg Wheel work and they said they just put a thicker paint over the pits ??? I was wondering if I could grind some down ?



How do you grind down a pit confuseconfuse A pit is a hole on the surface of the wheel caused by rust. Blast the wheel first. Use the silver paint..then spray with a black and sand. You should have a silver wheel with black spots....repeat till you only have silver. If you have a problem with the outer edge of the wheel. Use a couple of cresent wrenches. That's The best way to get the sidewalk dents out of the outside lip

 



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Thanks for the tips guys ! I just meant smooth everything out with the grinder/polisher...

-- Edited by pontorquer on Monday 18th of January 2010 11:42:40 PM

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A wheel re-finnishing company (panther) can repair just about anything.

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Just put a set of trim ring on......those cover everything biggrin

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Clean them out and fill them with "Cold/JB Weld" epoxy. You have to work fast with it.
Then sand smooth and paint.
I've used "Cold/JB Weld" on cast iron hot water radiators in our house and it's been perfect for years ... tough as nails!

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455gto wrote:

Just put a set of trim ring on......those cover everything biggrin



The pits are in the inside where the tire beads seals, I was also worried about the strenght of the wheels >/?

 



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IF the pits are deep enough that your concerned about strength , the only way that your going to be confident runnning them is to have the metal sonic tested for thickness. Any industrial mechanical place would be able to do this.

I'm sure you wouldn't have to go that degree.... I'm just pointing out what may be concerning you....

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Had one done 2 yers ago by wheel specialist, he filled with weld then grinded to even finish, a bit of putty plus balancing and it was good to go


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pontorquer wrote:

Thanks for the tips guys ! I just meant smooth everything out with the grinder/polisher...

-- Edited by pontorquer on Monday 18th of January 2010 11:42:40 PM


 Did you ever get those wheels done? 



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I used an epoxy 2 part hardener we have at work (strong like steel when cured) and sanded it smooth, it worked like a charm, same as JB weld I guess. They use it on aircrafts so it works on my wheels. I did a dented oil pan with it too, great stuff !



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