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looking for a good set of front wheels to suit my 1972 vc autodrive and hubcaps


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G'day QSR, is it for restoration/display or just to keep going for mowing duties?
Any 6" front wheels from a Victa spanning decades will fit. The earlier ones like yours are heavier as they have more rubber in their construction, where the later ones have mainly plastic with a thin layer of rubber. They look identical to the untrained eye. The heavier totally original type you have are harder to find, but the later types should be fairly easy to obtain off another mower.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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It's mainly a resto project to get mower up and running. The front wheels on it are split in half, I have older fatter wheels from earlier models with the orange hubcaps from utilities but was looking for period correct.


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The ones from 1975 up to to the late 1990s have the same tread and hubcap mould. They look so similar to your heavier type, they would be a very satisfactory replacement. You have a far higher chance of finding those in good unworn looking condition which look 95% the same, than your older 100% identical type in the same condition.

The first two photos are the actual genuine 6" front wheels that went on the VC models and others in the late 60s and early 70s.
The next two are the later type made from the mid 70s to the 1990s. You can see how similar they look and they will fit your mower.

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Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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