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Old 2nd-October-2010, 09:58 PM   #1
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Information on Motor Wheel Fly wheels

I was in search of vintage Firestone Drag 500's for a vintage dirt car project and found a set of 2 in great condition. They were mounted on Motor Wheel Fly aluminum 15 x 12 rims. What time frame was this tire and wheel combination used? I will be using the tires, but not the wheels.
If they are of interest to this group, I'll post a classified on the wheels.

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Old 3rd-October-2010, 10:42 AM   #2
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Hmmm, I wonder what happened to my reply I sent yesterday?
Several 70's Pro Stocks ran them--seems like more Fords than anything for some reason--Bob Glidden, Gapp and Roush....Rick Voegelin ran them on his 57 Chevy in the mid 70's.
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And don't forget Gary Kollofski, used them on his 55 chevy and 36 willys. From the accounts, they're not very good for street use. Highly collectible though.

Start at post 112:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...eel+fly&page=6

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...otor+wheel+fly
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Thanks for the information and reference sites.

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And don't forget Gary Kollofski, used them on his 55 chevy and 36 willys
Still 2 of my favorite cars of all time.
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I believe they had the same issue as the Cragar Super Tricks of the time. They had problems with the tires coming off the bead under side loading. That was when the original Weld Wheels came out, about 1981-2 timeframe.
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Many of the fly frontrunners are magnesium rather than aluminum. They were prone to cracking. The later runs of the fronts were filled solid with red plastic in attempt to make them a little stronger.

They are definitely lightweight, noticeable difference to my old weld superlights. I wouldn't want to turn too many corners with them.

I have a pair of fly frontrunners for the track and run matching Bogarts for the street. (The Bogart's are a little beefier in the hub area but still a drag only wheel).

I was trying to run vintage Flys all around but they would not clear rear discs.
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That was when the original Weld Wheels came out, about 1981-2 timeframe.
"Weld Racing Wheels was founded in 1967 by Greg Weld, a 23 year old USAC National Sprint Car Champion"
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"Weld Racing Wheels was founded in 1967 by Greg Weld, a 23 year old USAC National Sprint Car Champion"
No, I'm not saying the company just came out. I was saying if you look back in drag racing, the popular wheel was the Super Trick or the centerline Auto/drag. Then the weld drag lite took over in about 81-82.
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