This got the ball rolling on my project. As stated earlier, it has been a dream of mine for many years to build something unique. I'll reveal more on this build when I get to that point, but for now I'm building what I hope to be an exact match to the Bolens wheels.
Jumping ahead a bit... After much research I was able to finally source a new pair of 15"x7" wheel blanks. By this time I had already received the wheels from Nathan, realised they only had a 5" beadwidth rim, so they've been cut out while I was researching the availability of the correct wheel blank. What a pain in the butt it was to get them out. There were 12 spot welds that attach the centers to the outer ring. Even after drilling them all out they weren't budging. I tried my hydraulic press & everything, finally the answer was to cut thru the ring with a cut off wheel on the angle grinder (very carefully where the 2 pieces come together). I very lightly went back n forth over that area so not to cut into the center at all, all of a sudden, BANG!! I jumped back, dropped the angle grinder on the ground, took a minute to gather myself... There was so much pressure on that ring that when it got thin enough it just couldn't hold it's shape any longer & let go. Talk about having the (you know what) scared out of you.
Fast forward a bit again... So now I have both centers out, both new wheel blanks are here, & I've sandblasted the centers. The majority of the dirty work is done.
A WHOLE LOT MORE ON THIS BUILD TO COME.
Edited by kjmweld, January 23, 2020 - 11:46 AM.