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Re: Middlebridge wheels

Post by petermisy » Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:10 pm

Mine, (Bill's) are from Performance wheels Australia, and are chromed plastic

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Re: Middlebridge wheels

Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:12 pm

scimjim wrote:Keith's definitely look like Dunlop composite centres - but Bill's don't look anything like the original Performance centres :-)
Well, all I can say is that he gave me a detailed description of how to go about ordering them, and even the name of the person at Performance to speak to, However, the key word may be "original" - they weren't original, AFAIK, he'd replaced them, so perhaps they'd changed the design? :)

In fact their brochure is here (see last page)


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Re: Middlebridge wheels

Post by petermisy » Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:17 pm

Yes Roger, that is the correct company in Australia. However, I have recently contacted them to buy four new ones as I heard they were closing down and they were no longer available.

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Re: Middlebridge wheels

Post by Will Anderson » Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:21 pm

Roger Pennington wrote:Interesting that the wheels in Will's photo of MB No. 1 don't actually have the raised lips around the centre recess, to retain the "full cover" style caps.
That was the reason I took the photo. :oops:


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Re: Middlebridge wheels

Post by ScimiTom » Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:24 pm

DARK STAR wrote:Heh heh, just Googled Bill Brighton, found Bill Brighton Casting which sounded reasonable ... and it's a theatrical agency.
Anyone have a link please ...
If you're still looking for a means of contact for Bill, it's brightoncc@hotmail.co.uk - I had to contact him recently for a set of wheel nuts for Dunlops.


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Re: Middlebridge wheels

Post by DARK STAR » Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:02 pm

Thanks Tom, I found the e-mail and am awaiting a response.
I also found two wheel specialists in France, both of whom replied to my e-mails, which is a miracle.
No1 said the wheels are too corroded to polish, they will blast and paint in any colour for 150 euros each.
No2 said they can do anything I want and it will cost 250 euros each.
I think I may get a set of Revolutions ...


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Re: Middlebridge wheels

Post by philhoward » Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:07 pm

I got my 15" Appliance alloys blasted, fixed and powder coated for £220 for all 4 (could have got them in chrome powder coat for another £30 or so on top). Mine were pretty bad to start with. http://topmarquesuk.co.uk/

Be cheaper to send them over here! Funnily enough, the place I used DID have overseas clients. Now I know why..


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Re: Middlebridge wheels

Post by Nick » Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:21 pm

I use Prestige wheels in Birmingham. Both steel and Alloy, will fully refurbish. Cost from £30 to £60 per wheel. Very good

www.prestigewheelcentre.co.uk


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Post by DARK STAR » Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:07 pm

Yes, I was thinking that sort of price.
I can't understand the french prices, alloy wheels are not more expensive over here so why would anyone pay twice the price of a new wheel to restore an old one ?
And one of the firms is british I think, Auto Wheel Refinishing Service but french version.


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Re: Middlebridge wheels

Post by Actu_8 » Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:52 pm

Have a new one for sale if anyone is interested. Also have 5 centre trims.



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Locking wheel nuts or centre cap?

Post by drcdb15 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:29 pm

In view of their rarity these days, plus I'm not awfully inspired by the design, I've decided to put my MB centre caps into storage while they're still relatively nice and shiny, but that leaves me with exposed nuts, which is not too nice in this cold weather.... (look, *I* was talking about the car... !)

So I am wondering if anyone who has gone down this road before me might have any recommendations as regards locking wheel nuts and or small centre caps (other than the lid off a rattle can) that might look rather urbane and sophisticato as befits the Scimitar?

I have wondered too what it might cost to get a centre cap custom made, with either the MB or Scimitar logo (or maybe just a bubble badge stuck on, not that I'm cheap you understand), has anyone ever priced such a thing?

The wheels btw are the standard silver/grey Princess Anne ones. Many thanks.


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Locking wheel nuts or centre cap?

Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:48 pm

I used a set of wolfrace centre caps. They are relatively inexpensive and easily available, and only need a small modification to fit. The hole on the MB wheels is a little smaller than the Wolfrace one, so when you push the cap through, it doesn't go right in. Simply scribe round the inside, and then cut the "tail" off, and the job's done! They look quite good IMHO (and some of the original MB wheels were supplied with a very similar cap, in fact). I can't recommend locking nuts, as mine came with some, of unknown manufacture.

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Locking wheel nuts or centre cap?

Post by philhoward » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:04 pm

My understanding was there are two slightly different versions of the MB wheel - and one had a Wolfrace-type centre cap rather than the “cover your nuts” type?

Those type of caps are available in a wide variety of sizes - I think I found some for the Appliance wheels I had on mine from an air-cooled VW specialist via eBay. I think the first set I got (which were slightly too big for the Appliance, but smaller than Wolfrace) I sold on to someone with MB wheels.


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Locking wheel nuts or centre cap?

Post by Will Anderson » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:46 pm

The first photo is the later wheel with the ridge that takes the cover cap. The second is the earlier wheel, as fitted to the production prototype without the ridge and using the centre cap. A set of Bill Brighton stainless nuts and a suitable centre cap, as Roger suggests, has been used by some owners.
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Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:05 pm

Bill Sims told me the saga of his long distance negotiations with Performance Wheels (the manufacturers in Australia, now defunct, AFAIK) to get some small caps to fit on the MB wheels on his GTC (now Peter Misy's). IIRC, Keith Painter used Dunlop centre caps on his?


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