Welding Golf Cart Aluminum Wheel

Reply

  #1  
Old 03-13-19, 04:02 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,480
Welding Golf Cart Aluminum Wheel

It appears the only way I can put aluminum wheels on my 1963 Cushman 3 wheel golfster (see posts on Golf Golf Carts and ATVs) is to buy 4 of the wheels I want from Vintage golf cart parts and cut two of them in half and weld the two halves together with the polished sides facing out. Have any of you welders or anyone you know done something like this?
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 03-14-19, 10:35 AM
Group Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: NC, USA
Posts: 19,008
I would go to a welding shop that is experienced welding aluminum. You can also check with a boat propeller repair shop as they also weld a lot of aluminum.

One thing that will help A LOT is a good clean cut. A jagged or crooked cut or seam will be much more difficult to weld up well and filling any gaps will require more time and heat which can warp the rim. If I were doing it I would clamp each rim in the mill to machine them in half. That way you can end up with two smooth, parallel and flat surfaces that mate together without any gaps.
 
  #3  
Old 03-14-19, 02:09 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,480
Welding Aluminum Wheel

Fortunately for me, I have a friend who has the mill, and the skill to do a job like this. I agree completely with the things you mention about doing this cleanly and correctly. The true skill in being a do it yourselfer, is to know what your limitations are. Apparently the site that sold the stuff to the guy who built the one I saw on Buggies gone wild has closed up shop, and I cannot find the company (Ruppparts.com) that supposedly sold the kits to do this upgrade. Hopefully I can trip over a solution that is practical while I am doing other things.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes