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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-16-2009, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Customs Slots On a $3.oo Budget per. car

A set of MEV Org.Rim's for $3.oo can make a nice custom Autoworld car, and with a little lowering. My (5) latest budget customs, 68 Camaro ~ 62 Chevy ~ 57 Chevy ~ 68 Ford Torino ~ 68 El Camino

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Nice work, somtimes simple upgrades are better...

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Nice work, somtimes simple upgrades are better...
Great job on the swap outs. I have rarely spent much more on custom wheelsets myself. Mostly $5 for a set of JW's. If they're true, look good, and cheap... Why struggle with stock? nd
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been using the MEV wheels myself. Good looking cars
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Very nice... I like their white rims alot. I haven't used them on any AW cars, but after seeing your pics... I can see them in my future.
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Those do look good, have to look into those.
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Like Coach said, sometimes simple is better. rr
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Silly question.......Where do they sell the MEV's and how do you change the wheels out? Most of my AW's and some of the other cars I have look like they have capped pins or something and I'm not quiet sure how you would remove the axle to change the wheel. Never tried it because I did not want to mess anything up. Sounds like such a newbie question, but most times, I've just left well enough alone.

Thanks for entertaining my question on your thread TJETDRAGRACER!

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the 62 really has that vintage look, the chrome wheels look like old hub caps. then add the white wall tires and the lowering, excellent custom car! The rest look good too....
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The MEV wheels are sold by Mike Vitale (the original tjet restoration handbook) and the creator of a huge number of resin cars.. http://www.tjets.com/

As far as how to, it's rather easy. You need to put in either the original tjet axles for the skinny MEV wheels, or you can use the tough ones axle in the rear for the wider wheels, and only replace the front. Simple press on is really all it takes. Replacement axles are available from numerous sources, my favorite being RRR. His axles are straight, and have a good "bite" not only for the wheels, but the crown gear too. And RRR's are nice and shiney, which is important on wheels like the Vincents, where the alxe is the wheel "hub"..

Mev also sells vincent wheels, which is a German wheel manufacturer. The Vincents are very detailed, and the chrome ones are really nice (see the vincent thread for pics) and the same deal applies there too. You lose the independent front wheels, but that's not that big an issue. But the gains far exceed the loss.. One other note.. MEV's pictures of the Vincent wheels are not the best. They look rather cheesy in the pictures. If you get chrome, they will be chrome. The aluminum and silver are not polished, more of a silver paint finish..
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I like the red wheels.
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I use stock Aurora front axles on my Autoworld car's and I shave a little metal off the rear AW axles with a file to get that tucked in look for the wide rear MEV rims. I try to make it so the end of the axles are even with the out side of the rim also, I paint the end of the axles with black paint before I put the rims on. Weird Jacks silicone t-jet size tires work the best on MEV t-jet size rims that I have found. The MEV wide rear rims stock AW or any tuffone size silicone tires will work fine. I really don't do this wheel swap for track handling but more for show.
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Show is good as they look much better!!! Just don't like the tough one style wheels, it's a personal thing I guess. I like those RM
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The MEV wheels are sold by Mike Vitale (the original tjet restoration handbook) and the creator of a huge number of resin cars.. http://www.tjets.com/

As far as how to, it's rather easy. You need to put in either the original tjet axles for the skinny MEV wheels, or you can use the tough ones axle in the rear for the wider wheels, and only replace the front. Simple press on is really all it takes. Replacement axles are available from numerous sources, my favorite being RRR. His axles are straight, and have a good "bite" not only for the wheels, but the crown gear too. And RRR's are nice and shiney, which is important on wheels like the Vincents, where the alxe is the wheel "hub"..

Mev also sells vincent wheels, which is a German wheel manufacturer. The Vincents are very detailed, and the chrome ones are really nice (see the vincent thread for pics) and the same deal applies there too. You lose the independent front wheels, but that's not that big an issue. But the gains far exceed the loss.. One other note.. MEV's pictures of the Vincent wheels are not the best. They look rather cheesy in the pictures. If you get chrome, they will be chrome. The aluminum and silver are not polished, more of a silver paint finish..
Thanks! So in essence, you are completely replacing the rear axle assembly when you get the wheels and pulling the entire front wheel assembly and replacing it too? It's not just a simple pull off and press on replacement of the wheels. OK. I think I understand, and thanks for the guidance on the Vincent wheels too.

Another silly question - these are obviously for AW T-Jets...will they work on Tomy AFX chassis/axles too? Or are those different?

Thanks again for the information and help!
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