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  • Did any Studebakers have oval road wheels?

    I suppose anything is possible, but I was left wondering that after visiting the FedEx store today to get a quote on shipping the set of Studebaker disc brake wheels to forum member Joe Baty.

    I carried in one disc brake wheel and plopped it down on their scale, face up. To most people, I would think it looks like a round, ordinary, steel car wheel.

    However, the girl who waited on me dutifully took out her tape measure to measure it, as you would expect. She measured across the top of the wheel, rim to rim to get the diameter, and then moved her tape measure around the top of the wheel 90 degrees and measured it again! (Honest, Joe; the wheels look perfectly round to me; not oval!) BP
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    Obviously does not have a clue Bob. Repetitive work does that to a person, you kind of become like a zombie.
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    • #3
      Maybe she was just making sure you were shipping high QUALITY Wheels Bob!
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 41 Frank View Post
        Obviously does not have a clue Bob. Repetitive work does that to a person, you kind of become like a zombie.
        Agreed, Frank. I didn't say anything when she did it, as she seemed nice and conscientious. They are so used to measuring both dimensions on the top of a box that it was undoubtedly force of habit, even though the object was a circle, not a box! BP
        We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

        Ayn Rand:
        "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

        G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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        • #5
          Unfortunately...I once bought a Hawk with oval wheels. The previous owner, poor old Mr. Thompson (RIP).

          They allowed him to keep his drivers license a few ditches and curbs too long.
          John Clary
          Greer, SC

          SDC member since 1975

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jclary View Post
            Unfortunately...I once bought a Hawk with oval wheels. The previous owner, poor old Mr. Thompson (RIP).

            They allowed him to keep his drivers license a few ditches and curbs too long.
            Ah-HA, John! I bet you're the one they reference in the FedEx Training Center. BP
            We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

            Ayn Rand:
            "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

            G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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            • #7
              Are you certain you didn't take it to FedEx during a power failure and inadvertently took an oval Studebaker steering wheel by mistake because you couldn't see what you were doing? But of course you would have noticed the difference in weight. Or maybe not. Tongue in cheek Bob, LOL.

              Stu Chapman

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
                She measured across the top of the wheel, rim to rim to get the diameter, [COLOR=#ff0000][I][B]and then moved her tape measure around the top of the wheel 90 degrees and measured it again!
                Maybe you should have packed it in a hatbox! Perhaps she can relate to that better!!

                Craig

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                • #9
                  Bob,
                  Are you sure that was a disk brake wheel & not one off of that experimental SP-X 437119 military car that they were working on in a shop at the proving ground when things shut down in South Bend? I have heard bits & pieces about that car & I think I heard that the wheels were a little "off" to not only gain better grip in the jungle but to dissuade Chrysler from copying them.

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                  • #10
                    Indeed! The Super-Turtle that was in development in late '63 - it was fitted with those oval wheels. Individually driven hubs gave the vehicle the ability to clear stumps, boulders and other ground clearance impediments. Grainy old 8MM footage shows the ST humping along over an obstacle course looking as tho it were engaged in some other sort of "course".
                    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                    • #11
                      There you have it; you heard it here first! BP
                      We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                      Ayn Rand:
                      "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                      G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                      • #12
                        If you race on oval tracks you need oval wheels...
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                        • #13
                          Im surprised no one has asked if she was blonde
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                          • #14
                            You guys are too much...thanks for the chuckles!
                            Originally posted by 2R5 View Post
                            Im surprised no one has asked if she was blonde
                            Lou Van Anne
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                            • #15
                              Firestone Wide Oval tires must be mounted on oval wheels!
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