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Bruce Lindstrom wrote: “The Chrysler dealer who gave me the “Goldfish,” who has been in business for over 85 years, told me his grandfather, who started the dealership, personally knew Walter P. Chrysler. He was told that back when the pioneers were crossing the prairies that the covered wagons only had one large nut per wheel. The driver’s side wheel nut would continuously come unscrewed. I believe the Dodge Brothers’ forefathers made wagons, and they came up with the idea of using left-hand thread nuts for the driver’s side, inspiring the Dodge Bros. to use the left hand thread lug nuts on their automobiles.” [Chrysler switched over in 1940 or so.]

race group 1978

Curtis Redgap wrote: “[The reverse-threaded wheels on the left side of the car] was a result of the research for the Safety Rim Wheel. High speed testing revealed the tendency of centrifugal forces on the left side to cause the wheel lugs to back out.”

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