Fitting the Maserati wheels to the tyres

This is turning out to be one of our toughest challenges to date.

One of our first tasks after collecting the vehicle was to send the wheels away to have them professionally refurbished. The wheels on the Maserati Merak were cast light alloy Campagnolo 7½J x 15″, fitted with Michelin XWX tyres measuring 185/70 at the front and 205/70 at the rear. Anyone who has refurbished wheels in the past will recognise just how difficult it is to work on repairing a wheel like this.

The tyres were special order too…nothing on this car seems to be easy but it’s all worth it in the end!

We have had two separate attempts on refurbishing the wheels but you do have to draw the line somewhere, as the more you try with this particular wheel, sometimes, the worse they can become.

The first attempt looked fantastic but did have a few imperfections to them so we worked on the imperfections that little bit more and went for a second attempt…the results are great. We decided to stop there rather than push our luck too far, striving for perfection on a set of original wheels that are over 40 years old.

Maserati Merak Wheels and Tyres

Maserati Merak Wheels and Tyres

Maserati Merak Wheels and Tyres

Maserati Merak Wheels and Tyres

Maserati Merak Wheels and Tyres

Maserati Merak Wheels and Tyres

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