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Registered: 09-2007
Location: Valrico, FL
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WHEEL WIDENING


So in the planning stages of my car, I hope you'll excuse me for asking a lot of questions as I stock pile parts while seaching for the car I'll use.

Studebaker Lark style cars came with 4.5" wide steel wheels and Avanti's had 5.5" wide wheels. Has anyone had there stock steel wheels widened and who have you used? I want to be able to take advantage of the 6" max wheel width rule for use with the G70 tires. I consider this a big safety issue, especially when running over 110 or more MPH.

Thanks!

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Re: WHEEL WIDENING


What is the bolt pattern on those wheels?
I think it'd be much easier to find a set of later wheels the right width that fit.

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Re: WHEEL WIDENING


The wheels use the Ford/Mopar pattern of 5X4-1/2". But, the area of the wheel that holds the hubcap to the wheel is different, so the caps won't stay on the Ford/Mopar wheel :( .

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Re: WHEEL WIDENING


Are you talking about the area the dogdish cap attaches to and if so, is where the cap goes bigger or smaller than Ford/Mopar? I think Mopar used a 9" dogdish cap on the steel wheels whereas I believe AMC used a 10" dogdish if this helps at all.
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Re: WHEEL WIDENING


On the dogdish detail....the 1966-67 steel wheels use a 9 3/4" dogdish from the factory, these are 5 1/2" wide wheels, as well as being 14" wheels. The 1966-67 14" Hemi rims were 6" and had visibly pressed humps between the lug nut bolt pattern. (they were also marked 6 on one side of valve hole and a zero on the other side) I would like four of these if they are lurking...... NOTE: the aftermarket 14" wheels by Wheel Vintiques DO NOT accept the 9 3/4" stock Dog dishes....(I learned that the hard way)
The 1968 and later rims took mostly the 8" dogdishes, but were available in the 15" and wider rims.
Hope this helps.......I've been down that rough road.............Darrell-out

Now this is a wheel!!!! (click below)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1967_fast_rt/1592747957/


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