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"Wheelerized"
Posted by: JerryM ()
Date: January 22, 2018 11:09AM

What is "Wheelerized" heads?
Apparently somebody's rebuild method, but what is it.

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Re: "Wheelerized"
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 22, 2018 11:12AM

Defunct Los Angeles Vair shop... big promoters.... but didn't last iirc!





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Re: "Wheelerized"
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: January 22, 2018 11:47AM

Weren't they in Brea?

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Re: "Wheelerized"
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: January 22, 2018 11:57AM

Remember, Tim. For those of us who live on the "upper" West Coast, (mid-California and North) anything South of the Grapevine on I5 is Los Angeles - unless you miss it and end up in San Diego!

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Re: "Wheelerized"
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 22, 2018 12:16PM

so true!





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Re: "Wheelerized"
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: January 22, 2018 01:04PM

Numerous stories about "Wheelerizing".

I do recall folks in the L.A area complained about paying deposits and dropping off heads and then the company folded. Not sure if money or parts were ever returned.

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Re: "Wheelerized"
Posted by: JerryM ()
Date: January 22, 2018 02:58PM

I have a set of turbo heads I picked up real cheap some years ago that I was told were "Wheelerized". They've never been used since being ""Wheelerized".I've been thinking about using them but not sure what really was done. My question is: was this something of any quality? I would guess the focus was on seats.

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Re: "Wheelerized"
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: January 22, 2018 03:12PM

Here on the east cost, I would have answered they were heads that underwent shot peening. I had access to a Wheelabrator machine years ago. I did a crossmember. Also the local generator repair place used one to clean the alternator and starter bare cases.

[www.wheelabratorgroup.com]

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: "Wheelerized"
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 22, 2018 03:18PM

Jerry... I don' remember anything bad about PARTS..... but one person who paid for an engine build had to re-assemble themselves tocure several small problems..





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Re: "Wheelerized"
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: January 22, 2018 11:32PM

JerryM Wrote:
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> I have a set of turbo heads I picked up real cheap
> some years ago that I was told were "Wheelerized".
> They've never been used since being
> ""Wheelerized".I've been thinking about using them
> but not sure what really was done. My question is:
> was this something of any quality? I would guess
> the focus was on seats.

The term "Wheelerized" was just a clever reference to the work they did. Not a specific process. I believe their last name was Wheeler.

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Re: "Wheelerized"
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: January 23, 2018 10:17AM

I think I went there in the 70's. They were talking about their latest idea, cutting off the intake logs and installing tubes for each cylinder. No idea if it's the same people but they did talk a good game.

As for Wheelabrating, it is ONLY for steel or iron. The shorts metal beads at things to cleans them. Very rough treatment. Like shot peening but not focused and the parts tumble around a lot. Rebuilders of parts used them, and still do. Easy to go from the parts washer to the Wheelabrator and get nice parts. We had one in the rebuilder I worked for.

Bob Vinnacombe
Sandy, Oregon
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1966 Monza Soon to be race car
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Re: "Wheelerized"
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: January 23, 2018 08:17PM

The Wheelers did some work for me, back in the early 80's as I recall. The father had some type of natural gas or propane powered Corvair. The sons were doing the machine work and engine work. They had a big display at the fan belt toss. I picked up the work at their place (Brea?) on a trip around "LA". I was pleased with their work. I redid some things later when the application changed. I borrowed a high-downforce wing that I ran for a short time on the Lola. I returned it to their place. I have no complaints.

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