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V8 Wheel restoration
I have just got my V8 wheels back from MWS who have done a stunning restoration job on them. Having searched for some time for a wheel restorer - MWS stopped doing them for a couple of years - the result is magnificent but costly. If anybody is thinking of getting some done there are a few points and observations I learnt along the way:

1. Insist MWS rejoin the same centre to same rim in the same orientation. Dan, their technician, was able to rebuild the wheels this way with very little need for large balancing weights when they are re-assembled.

2. The new chrome is a lot thicker than the original - which will hide a lot of minor pitting. I was amazed by the result on one rim.

3. They also managed to re-chrome the original wheel nuts and centre caps within the quote for the wheels alone - well worth doing. One note of caution though - the centre caps are very tricky to re-chrome and sadly one of mine didn't make it. The problem is the steel is so thin that when the old chrome is acid stripped they split and fall apart around the rim that locates against the back of the wheel centre. I guess this was machined thin so they wouldn't act as a spacer between the centre and wheel hub. If they do survive the re-chroming process seems to restore sufficient strength to the wafer thin metal.

4. Decide whether you want to re-machine the square and large ring facets on the centre. The original machining left very fine machining marks which has the effect of not making them too shiny - if re-machined they become flat and the mirror like surface too shiny in my view. I left the centres and they used a combination of chemical processes to remove as much of the oxidation of the aluminium as possible - but you are left with any minor dinks from unexpected contact with kerbs over the years. But to be fair with new chrome and repainted centres it doesn't show - obviously depending on how bad the kerbing damage was.

5. I bought five additional old wheels and then mixed and matched them with mine to choose the best for the restoration. MWS were very helpful going through all ten and the various issues with centres and rims. I resisted the temptation to mix the best centres and best rims for fear of balancing and alignment problems when reassembled - the rivets are not evenly spaced on each wheel so mixing centres and rims would have required some adjustment to the rivet holes - creating strength and air leakage issues.

It took MWS about ten weeks but they were extremely helpful and very happy to explore various options to get the best results. If anybody is thinking of getting this done and would like some pictures let me know.
Nick Gray
22/06/2012 @  11:08
Under topic: V8
 
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V8 Wheel restoration

Nick, how costly is costly? Could you give a ball park price?
Bob Owen
22/06/2012 @  20:39
 
V8 Wheel restoration
The cost was just over 400 per wheel including VAT.
Nick Gray
22/06/2012 @  22:29
 
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