Restoring an antique, classic, or sports car requires considerable time, effort and expense. You or your designated restoration shop will need to address the body, paint, drive train, electrics, suspension, brakes, upholstery, instrumentation and wheels. If you have wire wheels on your vehicle, they will need professional attention.
Dayton Wire Wheel has been in the wire wheel manufacturing and restoration business since 1916. Early clients include the Wright Brothers, Henry Ford, Charles Lindburg, Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg and nearly thirty other makes. Dayton Wire Wheels were also put to the test for thirty years of racing in the Indianapolis 500.
Whether your wheel design is Borrani, drop center, rolled edge, lockring or Kelsey Hayes, Dayton can inspect the wheels and provide a quote for a complete or partial restoration. All processes are performed in-house including: spoke manufacturing, lacing, truing, painting and chrome plating. While the spline-drive Dunlop-style wire wheels used on British sports cars can be restored, it is less expensive and quicker to buy new Dayton spline-drive wheels.
Dayton still has the old-world craftsmanship but has incorporated modern technology where needed. As an example, the chrome plating line is computer controlled but the lacing and truing operations are still performed by highly skilled technicians. Dayton has perfected a step-by-step restoration process that transforms even the most worn wire wheel to its former glory. Results of their handiwork are seen on class and best-of-show winners at major car shows and Concours events such as Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. Also, look for wire wheels restored by Dayton to be on many of the desirable collector cars that are crossing the block at classic car auctions across the country.
As you might suspect, a quality wire wheel restoration takes time. If you want your classic to be ready to roll when the 2014 car show season opens, you need to contact Dayton Wire Wheel before the snow flies. Call 1-800-862-6000 and ask for Gary Buckles (X-210) or on the internet at www.daytonwirewheels.com.