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Hands engineering wheels
Posted by: Johnnear ()
Date: October 10, 2018 03:10PM

Anyone out there know what the value of a set of four of these would be?

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Re: Hands engineering wheels
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: October 10, 2018 03:57PM

Welcome to the CCF! Tell us where you are!!

RAL1963 / Rick will chime in....he's an expert on these..





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Re: Hands engineering wheels
Posted by: Johnnear ()
Date: October 10, 2018 04:16PM

Located in Lansing Michigan

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Re: Hands engineering wheels
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: October 10, 2018 04:23PM

PM sent with value

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Re: Hands engineering wheels
Posted by: ral1963 ()
Date: October 10, 2018 06:25PM

The price will depend on the overall condition of all of the rims.

A buyer would ideally be looking for a set of 5, so the spare could be displayed with the car, but a set of 4 works to get a on a car.

From the 1 picture with the directional arrow, I'll assume these are the earlier style that threaded on as opposed to being held on by set screws.

You have 4 rims, are all 4 in the same condition as the 1 pictured?

Do all 4 three ear knock offs spin on and off freely and are in the same condition as the 1 pictured?

The 2 questions above matter a lot for the price, if the rims have any deep nicks or curb rash that will not simply hand polish out, the value drops quickly as professional rim restoration shops charge an arm and a leg to refurbish.

The 2nd question is also very important as the spinners are rare as hens teeth and the threaded style is even harder to locate.

So I will say the range of price could vary from $500 to $1000, with the high end being that all the rims need are a few hours of polishing with a buffing wheel to bring to show condition and going lower for every defect on each wheel or spinner.

A little back story on the rims so you have a better idea of what they are and who your customer will be. The Hands wheel was main 13" aftermarket racing rim for small cars in the late 50's and into the early 60's. They were available in actual magnesium initially and eventually production swithed over to all aluminum. On many period racing photos you will see the Hands rims along with minilites on early racers.

The main connection linking them with Corvairs came when John Fitch choose them as the rim of choice for his Corvair Fitch Sprint GT conversion.

Most likely the buyer of your rims will be someone who has an early model Fitch Sprint or is planning on building a tribute Sprint.

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Re: Hands engineering wheels
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: October 10, 2018 07:10PM

Hey, Lansing! I'm in Fowlerville, stop on over!!!

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Re: Hands engineering wheels
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: October 10, 2018 09:09PM

So, what bolt pattern are they? four on 4.5" or . . .?

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