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Old April 22nd, 2014, 01:00 PM
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McWheels - Slater Iowa

Anybody had any experience with Curt McKim in Slater Iowa? I sent my wheels to him back on the 5th of March with a check for half his services. He called and said he'd received them and cashed my check. That was the end of it. Despite repeated calls I never get the courtesy of a return call. Just wondering if anybody else has had this type of experience with him.

Seemed like an honest guy when I talked to him but not sure about whether I got scammed or not.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 01:26 PM
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Just wondering what you are having him do with your wheels? And what type of wheels?
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 01:54 PM
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He was supposed to cut the centers out of my 14" and reweld into 15" as well as widen to allow for bigger tires.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 02:30 PM
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Sound like a pretty typical deal with him. Slow service & POOR COMMUNICATION!! Search the 'net & you'll find others that have had similar issues with him.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 06:34 PM
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I'm into him for $472, will be a year soon. And I knew his reputation. He sure is a smooth talker. But all lies.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 08:22 PM
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You need to go over to V8Buick.com and look up threads re: McWheelz (or whatever his name is). Quite a saga over there...basically what you posted.

On the other hand, I can't say that I've read over there where he's stolen anyone's money (ie kept money and never delivered a finished product)......the typical story is delay, excuse, delay, no calls, etc and then finally something seems to get done. From what I gathered you will just have to be extremely persistent....and unfortunately extremely patient. Not worth the trouble to deal with....sorry you guys didn't know that BEFORE you sent your wheels and $.

For anyone in the NE U.S. (and other places).....you should consider contacting Steve Caruso (Carusoperformance.com). Don't know if he re-hoops all GM wheels, etc or just the Buick Chrome Rallye wheels that he has an extremely good reputation for re-doing, but it would be worth a call to find out. I plan on getting my Buick wheels from him.

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Old April 22nd, 2014, 08:27 PM
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Is this guy in Texas? My father in law was just telling me about a guy that offers the same service. I wonder if this is the same person.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 08:30 PM
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No, it's a guy in Iowa.
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Ok.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 12:21 PM
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Really makes you wonder why folks like Curt McKim treat people like this. All your asking for is an update on what's going on so you can plan. Unfortunately I've got mine sitting on some non road worthy rollers because I took him at his word for what that was worth. I guess all we can do is give others fair warning.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 12:38 PM
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I used Curt years ago, he's slow and the rims aren't always true..Rally America and Wheelsmith are good wheel places.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by dc2x4drvr View Post
I used Curt years ago, he's slow and the rims aren't always true..Rally America and Wheelsmith are good wheel places.

Thanks for the tips.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 04:54 PM
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Stockton Wheel in Cali. I got great replacements for my military split rims and they offer all wheel services and many replacement rims in all size ranges. Claim to be a 100 year old wheelwright business.
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 12:01 PM
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More calls...no response. Anybody tried pursuing him through local sheriff's office/district attorney? Too bad he's able to keep pulling victims in.
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Old June 4th, 2014, 05:11 AM
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My experience with him was just the opposite...great communication, decent turn around time on 5 wheels - 69 SS1 chrome disc brake wheels - and a fantastic finished product. I hope things turn out better for you. thanks
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Old June 4th, 2014, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by 69442murph View Post
My experience with him was just the opposite...great communication, decent turn around time on 5 wheels - 69 SS1 chrome disc brake wheels - and a fantastic finished product. I hope things turn out better for you. thanks

Was this recently? I sent my wheels up first week of March. He called and said he received them and cashed my check for half of the cost. Haven't heard from him since. Doesn't return calls. No idea what happened to my wheels.
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Old June 5th, 2014, 07:49 PM
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I dealt with him 3 years ago, so things may have changed? During the time I was dealing with him, anytime I left a message, he got back to me with-in a day or two...he told me up front that it would take about 3 months just to get the rimshells done, and a few weeks too weld the centers...I guess he had my wheels for 5 months, but it was well worth it...good luck...
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Old August 1st, 2014, 10:17 AM
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Just to bring this to a close I figured I'd post the end of the story. About three months later, or 4 months from shipping my wheels to McWheels, I got a call to say they were ready to ship to me. I hadn't heard anything in the prior three months despite repeated calls with no response. So, I paid the man and got them shipped back to me.

As I had given up on these I'd already bought another set on Ebay and sent them to Stockton Wheels and had them back rehooped in just over two weeks.

So, my recommendation is Stockton Wheels as it was a much better transaction and about the same price.
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I finally contacted the Story Co. Sheriff where Kurt lives, they went and talked to him 2 months ago, he assured them he would get my wheels to me. I waited a month and contacted the Sheriff again and requested they ask for a refund since he couldn't get wheels done. Last Monday I received a partial refund. I feel lucky to have gotten anything.
The Sheriff office personnel told me that I wasn't the first person to seek their help, they had visited him many times.
Do we see a pattern here? Don't mess with this guy, there are good businesses that can do a much better and more timely job.


Glad you got yours,
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Old August 1st, 2014, 12:06 PM
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I agree. Part of my reason for putting this post out there was to illustrate the issues so others can make an informed decision. I wouldn't recommend sending anything to him as well.

Beware to anybody who are thinking about going down this route.
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Old December 10th, 2014, 02:11 PM
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I just had Curt McKim do some wheels for me paid up front $750.00 thought by listening to all of the crap being said about him that I was going to get this whole thing stuck in my rear. Well I am hear to say he was not the most speedest shop/or man in town but everything turned out well and very nice. I only was told by him the story about one man that sent him some wheels for a cutlass/442 that were junk and the guy wanted chicken salad out of chicken s#$t.. so I am here to say that them kind of people will go to great extremes to write long letters and run people into the ground instead of spending the money been in business and found that to be so myself .. Glad that everything turned out well for myself and not totally sticking up for Curt his business practices need a little polishing but over all satisfied .. Rick in Streator Illinois 61364..
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Old December 11th, 2014, 03:33 AM
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Rally America in Cali did mine.


Great work, high quality, and good pricing.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 07:36 AM
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Just following up about the comment about somebody supplying chicken crap and expecting chicken salad. I can assure that wasn't me. At the end of the day I got my wheels back from McWheels but not before I had to go out and get another set made by Stockton Wheels in California as I went months without the courtesy of a return call from Curt. The quality was better, they delivered in a couple weeks, and they actually communicated with you. Good luck if you deal with McWheels.
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At the time of this original posting, McWheels was not a member and we did not have the feedback forum. I felt it was relevant to move this thread at this time here.
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