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11-07-2010, 07:25 PM
Does anybody know what these wheels are??? This is a photo of one of four.
There were four of these at SASCO, they were all saved.
These wheels are a bit of a mystery, and appear to be prototype. For many years, they were above the door at sasco and before that they were at N&A. They are all for light weight use and inflate with air, but instead of having tires, they have really thick tubes. They are all 700" tubes and are inset into the rim. They are STUDEBAKER.
Here's where the story gets weird... The wheels on my Turtle are 705", have the same axle hole size, mount the same, and are also NOT KEYED. Could these be the wheels off the SECOND Turtle???

11-07-2010, 07:38 PM
Chris: 'Probably for some type of cart or carrying device used in the plant. From the number of spokes and construction, I doubt they were for a road vehicle to be used as a public conveyance. BP

Nelsen Motorsports
11-07-2010, 09:22 PM
Now you have some lowrider wheels for that turtle.

11-07-2010, 10:47 PM
They look like old John Deere corn planter wheels to me. ???

11-08-2010, 09:22 AM
They look like old John Deere corn planter wheels to me. ???

Me too. Take those rubber tires off and they look a lot like the packer wheels on the early 50s JD planter my Dad had in the early 70s.

This is what I was thinking of:


My dad's planter these were yellow, but the same.

Those tires also remind me of the type used on row crop cultivators to support and control the depth of the shanks, except those are usually a lot smaller diameter.

11-08-2010, 01:06 PM
In later years they did add rubber.



11-08-2010, 01:17 PM
Just think, Studebaker, the ultimate "wheelwrights!" When you consider the heritage, years of traditions and transformations from the humble beginnings of blacksmithing, wagon builders, horseless carriages, electric and gasoline powered vehicles, who knows what varied purposes these neat old artifacts were tasked with?