Tuesday 27 October 2015
Tuesday the 8th of May, 1984.
Properly directional, and a cast-alloy hollow monocoque.. taking advantage of the hollow spokes with the tyre valve filling from the centre behind the cap.
Available in at least white and silver, and 14" to 16".
Bought these for the AW11 a couple months ago now. I'd actually not long bought a New Old Stock set of 15's, when I decided to chase down another set to actually use.
The small sizes aren't particularly valuable, so had the luxury of being picky enough to wait for a complete, straight set. The set above fit the bill nicely, despite looking like they had been under the ocean for a decade!
YAJ Auction went through successfully, thanks to little interest. The snow tyres were stripped, then packed up and sent off to Australia...
The last 31years hadn't been too kind for these poor old wheels, but they had managed to stay impressively original..!
Quickly set to getting them redone, as I had another lot of SSR faces coming and going from the powdercoater at the time.
The original barrel stickers were carefully removed, along with the caps and unique threaded valves.
Into the back of the car, and off to get a new coat.
Then excitedly off to the powdercoater to pick up the freshly blasted and recoated wheels..!
Refinished 14" on the left, with one of the original 15" wheels on the right.
NOW - onto the AW11...
Spotto the valve there...!
A couple inches lower, later; and...
Absolutely stoked with how it looks. Period perfect. The sizes are in no way aggressive, but just works well with the relatively-chunky 185/60 tyres..
That's all for now. I'll get to posting a set of the Original 15's and their packaging too, eventually...
Wednesday 21 October 2015
For the sake of authenticity; I have appropriately gone alll the way back to February 2011 to dig out this gem..
A front 3/4 view with the doors open? PAH! how about dashboard-to-door air ducting! Prop Flux-capacitors have nothing on that 2-3" diameter tube of fresh air plumbing..
Yes, today is the day in 2015 Marty heads to in Back To the Future II.
Now where's my damn hoverboard...
Saturday 17 October 2015
These are two of multiple types of locking wheel nuts sold by SSR in the 80's.. possibly 90's..
SPEED STAR CO., LTD. Osaka.
The key turns the central part anti-clockwise against a spring, just enough to pull in some teeth on the underside, letting go of the inside of the wheelnut.
I REALLY should have taken clearer photos of these. I've got the damn things in front of me, and wondering why I didn't take any pics of the mechanism at the time..! I don't know.. urgh...
This is my absolute favourite of the three. SpeedStar marked on the actual nut covers, and a great paddle-style key. Really cool. Casually keeping an eye out for an affordable (/justifiable!) set of these with their box...
At least this photo shows the locking lip on the inside of the wheel nut.
Sit tight. I'll be back with more informative photos of the ones I have eventually..!