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Bob W was so right when he commented that I'd fall out of love with the basic plastic rim Grant wheel, so today I got busy and made something completely different. I wanted a wood rim wheel or Banjo style but nothing I could find made me happy or was priced insanely... I wanted a rustic Banjo with a 4" dish, about 15" diameter so this is what I came up with. Rebar for the rim and 3/16" stainless for the spokes, a piece of 1/8" stainless plate for the hub, drilled to fit the usual 3 hole mount. Not sure how I'll do the rim, wood, bondo, resin or maybe even rope?? Taking it with me when I head back to Yuma on Jan 2 for a project to keep me busy while getting my tan back...:cool:

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Build it up out of bondo or resin, then wrap it with cord or leather strips like shoelaces. Leather would be my preference. Glove leather would look good, too, but involve a lot of stitching.
 
Build it up out of bondo or resin, then wrap it with cord or leather strips like shoelaces. Leather would be my preference. Glove leather would look good, too, but involve a lot of stitching.

That's kinda where I'm leaning Bama. Use the long strand Kitty Hair bondo for crack resistance and order a Wheelskin to fit. I've used them before, just give 'em the measurements and they'll produce one to fit, easy to lace it up, same as I did on the plain SS Grant Banjo wheel in the Hennway.

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The completed wheel, made a foam form and filled it with shortstrand bondo, shoved the wheel into it and topped it with some more. It popped out easily, lots of filing and sanding, fill the pits with some regular filler and a few coats of matching flat brown Rustoleum, bad boom, bada bing.
 

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That’s pretty as is, it will be nice with the Wheelskins leather over it![cl[cl[cl

Y'know, I happy with it as is - it's a little fatter than a usual wheel and the leather wrap would make it a little too large. Just giving it the extra inch of dish and diameter has made a big difference in parking lot manoevering with the armstrong steering.
 

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