OUR AC ACE WHEELS
Our wheels are original AC ACE wheels and actually came of an original AC ACE - 639 UXB. The owner of the ACE, Mike Ormond had a new set of wheels built for the ACE and they went with the car when sold. The original wheels lived in a garage and Mike sold them to us. Many thanks Mike. Original AC ACE wheels are 48 spokes centre laced, with 42mm splined hubs., 16 inch wheels. Many modern replacements are 15 inch but it ruins the look in our book. You can see pictures below of our wheels when they were on the original ACE and a few close up pictures of the wheels. The splines are in great condition, no lose spokes or damaged rims as they were professionally reconditioned some years ago with subsequent little use and dry stored since.
These wheels are narrow, rare and as far as I know unavailable new unless commissioned which is very expensive (Turino Wheels quoted, 4 x 16 Ace 48 spoke wheel a set at £410 each wheel, painted or £620 each in chrome. This why many people use the stock 4.5 x 16, 56 spoke wheel at £225 ea in silver as the cost is much cheaper). The tyres on our wheels are oversize 185 R 16 with plenty of tread. The original fitment would have been 5.50 x 16. When to comes to fitting new tyres we'll go with the 5.50 x 16. Below you can see pictures of our wheels. It is going to be interesting to see what we will do with regards to the splined hubs - Rod Briggs may have them?
The picture above gives you a clear indication of the tyre tread. You'll notice one is different so we will use this as the spare.
AC ACE 639 UXB
This is where our wheels came from. The pictures below show AC ACE 639 XUB with our actual wheels fitted.