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#1 89 San Marino

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 10:48 PM

I have a set of SHP wheels I am trying to get refurbished back to original condition but everyone I talk to won't touch them. I had a guy in Philly that was going to do them but when he put them on the lathe, he said the interior of the wheels has such a bend that it would take him forever to do each wheel. He said he would have to keep resetting the lathe. Does anyone have any idea of anyone that can do them the right way? I can get them stripped and redone but they will come back completely polished and the car is all factory and I am trying everything in my power to keep it that way. If anyone knows somebody that can do it, I'll have no problem shipping them if I know they will get refinished correctly. Thank you and any help is appreciated.





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Posted 11 April 2017 - 07:42 AM

This has been a hot topic of discussion over the past few weeks.  

Take a look at the thread below.  The company who did these is called Detroit Vintage Wheels; www.detroitvintagewheels.com/.  They have been restoring conquest wheels for awhile but are a little on the pricey side and have a long lead-time.  There is another source in that thread: http://wheelcollision.com/

http://www.starquest...howtopic=153293


Being that you are in PA, there is a more local option.  Look up 'The Hubcap Store' on MacArthur Rd. in Allentown, well technically Whitehall.  Two members here had their wheels restored by them.  

One thing to watch for is curb rash.  Some places only machine this out, others add material via welding and machine.  The Hubcap Store only machines.  Detroit Vintage Wheels adds and then machines.  I'm not sure about the wheelcollision one.  

One thing is for sure, please post who you end up using and the results.  

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 08:33 AM

Thanks for the info Kev, I really appreciate it. I'll take a look at both and go from there but I will let ya know who I end up with.

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 08:39 AM

I am only about an hour away from Allentown so I'll give them a shout first before anything else and see what they have to say.

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 10:03 AM

Yes, please let me know.  I have a set of SHP's laying in my garage ready to be restored.  Been holding off due to financial constraints as I focus on the rest of the car.   I was planning on using the hub cap store up until I heard about some of the issues with machining the curb rash without first adding material.

Where in PA are you?

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 10:22 AM

https://www.youtube....h?v=8hTTnXLTpFc
Check out what this guy did. Very informative and not to hard. Just takes some time and commitment, do it yourself!
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Posted 11 April 2017 - 10:43 AM

Kev already knows this ... but I used the Hubcap store in Whitehall.  You can click on my Restoration Thread in my signature and see the results.  They came out amazing.  There's at least one other member on here, Project87, who used them as well.  If you look at my thread you'll see I did have one wheel that the lip folded on me when I had my tires mounted a few weeks after having them redone, but I don't believe that was anything that resulted from the wheels being redone.  I think that wheel was damaged to begin with and had been previously repaired poorly at some other point in time I just didn't catch it when I dropped the wheels off to be redone.  Anyway, I had them do another wheel for me and I had no problems.  There's lots of pictures I posted, you should be able to get a pretty good idea of their work.
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Posted 11 April 2017 - 10:53 AM

Harbor Freight has sand paper ,,buffing wheel and a drill ...that how I did mine............

#9 89 San Marino

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 10:59 AM

Kev, I'm up in NEPA by Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.
Tech, how do I get to your thread?

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 11:19 AM

If you're on a phone you'll have to go the Restoration Center from the main screen (at the bottom) and then just look for "techboy's 88 Starion restoration" or something like that.  The pics should be toward the last few pages of the thread.  If you're on a computer you can just click on the link in my sig right below this text.
1988 Starion ESi-R ... crushed by a tree 10/31/11 - back from the dead 8/2016
1988 Conquest TSi ... current driver - sold to Bigjoe 6/2016
1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
1987 Conquest TSi ... parts car - sold to Coldscrip 12/2011
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Posted 11 April 2017 - 01:16 PM

Tech, I found it and they look amazing...I'm just hoping the rear 9's don't hinder the process like I said before. We will have to see I guess. I am hoping to get the wheels back from Philly this week and I already talked to Wheel Collision down there and hoping to take them down early next week.

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 01:27 PM

Does WC add material then machine?
Engine
20 over forged pistons
Stock injection system

My restoration project: The Missouri Project

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 04:07 PM

where did you try in Philly?

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 04:28 PM

Stesir, I'm not really sure of the guys name. A good friend of mine is a tech at Porsche of the Mainline and he sent them to the guy they use.

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 09:20 PM

View Postkev, on 11 April 2017 - 10:03 AM, said:

Yes, please let me know.  I have a set of SHP's laying in my garage ready to be restored.  Been holding off due to financial constraints as I focus on the rest of the car.   I was planning on using the hub cap store up until I heard about some of the issues with machining the curb rash without first adding material.

Where in PA are you?


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 09:22 PM

Kev, I'm heading down to wheel collision tomorrow so I'll let you know how they turn out once I get them back...hopefully within a week or so.

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 04:43 AM

cant wait to see the results...

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 03:42 AM

Any update? Pics would be nice. Need to restore my wheels also and I can't decide yet whether to do it by myself or take them to a shop.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:33 AM

Nothing yet...still waiting

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 09:52 AM

Updates?
Engine
20 over forged pistons
Stock injection system

My restoration project: The Missouri Project




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