The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by booboo, Jun 10, 2010.
^^ Stunning 32. JW
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Just need to find some poverty caps or moons. I have the sombreros I’d trade for them.
I love this look
I like black wheels because they are affordable
I planned my truck around black steelies. I love the look of em especially with WWW.
Because a 427, 4K converter and 5.14 gears deserve black. Those 1970 Goodyear Blue Streak Dragway Specials now belong to Bill Goldberg, for the restoration of the Lawman Boss 429- the 'ol Gal is on jackstands at present
Those cars above me would look even better with a vintage set of American made chrome lug nuts. There on e-Bay but you have to search for them... The old chrome is so much better looking, maybe they put more copper in it.
Had black steelies for a short time on Taboo as we thought about running some kind of hubcaps before going chrome reverse.
Back in 1957, my brother bought his first new car in the 58 Impala. he had saved up enough from his afterschool job, emptied his savings and used the sale of his 1951 Oldsmobile sedan to roll out of the local Chevrolet dealer’s doors. He was a happy camper.
The first thing he did was to pop off the hubcaps and make it look somewhat of a race car we saw at the drags. Little did he know that one out of 5 wheels (including the spare) was not painted a factory black like the Impala.
Everything else was a stock as it came fresh from the factory. He did not care at the time because he popped on the full hubcaps back on for several months as his daily driver. So, the rim color did not show. By the time we were in the A/Stock class, full of other 58 impalas, it was pretty much even as far as power was concerned. There were a few pesky Pontiac and Buick sedans that had good tuning and drivers that made the class interesting.
One thing that most drivers did was to try the local cheater slick sales guy’s products. Bill Moxley was a fixture in the pits every week. He stayed in the pits for quite some time and sold a lot of his products to those in the stock and gas coupe/sedan classes. We even bought a pair of Moxley Cheater Slicks to see if it did not help in the A/Stock class races.
The tech inspectors at the urging of a lot of class racers protested the cheater slicks were not factory items and they were not allowed in the elimination races. Tune up races or trial runs, it was OK to experiment. Otherwise, those that only had cheater slicks had to run in the Gas Coupe and Sedan Classes, despite having a completely stock car other than cheater slicks.
Moxley Cheater Slicks
Our try at the cheater slicks was to buy another set of black Chevy rims. We used them for our trial runs and the times were not that much better than just being quick from the starting line. We finally sold them to a friend who used the pair on the street. He says they were fine, although they did not have all of the grooves to be a street legal tire. We went out and bought a set of real, 7 inch Bruce Slicks and mounted them on black Chevy rims.
By then, we had painted the front odd ball, factory color rim, a pure black to match the rest of the Impala wheels. Now, we were not running full hubcaps, but small center hubcaps, black rims and whitewalls for several more months on the street. Eventually, those whitewalls got to be too troublesome and so they were turned inside out, giving the Impala a real black on black “racy” look on the street and at the drags.
Bruce Slicks ...Time trial runs...
Bruce Slicks on the street legal, 1940 Willys C/Gas Coupe, black on black
671 Willys Coupe 1960
This is pure Gas Coupe and Sedan street legal racing. It was a 1934 fFord with a big Olds motor, street legal for daily driving. Pop off the hubcaps, show those black wheels and go racing in the class against similar street legal coupes and sedans.
Finally, after we were married, our 327 SBC powered 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery was our modified hot rod for unlimited street cruising all over So Cal. It had the power to go anywhere and with speed and class. Since we did not have the funds for American Racing Co. 5 spokes or Halibrand slots, we stuck to the "standard" for us… black painted wheels and beauty trim rings/small hubcaps.
Subtle, but distinct for a hot rod. Very similar to my first Flathead, Ford Sedan Delivery with the same black rims, chrome beauty rings and small center hubcap look, that was the daily driver to high school.
Here is mine:
We ran black wheels back in the 60's, usually with white walls...
this picture was taken just before I had the rear wheel wells radius-ed out like the '55 Nomads so I could run the SS wheels all the way around.
I had them on my '29...
and my '63.
How about Mexican chromies from the early 60's?
My current black steel wheels
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Thanks, Elcohaulic I have had that car since the early 70s', and I have had many wheel and tire combinations on it,
but the black wheels say hot rod the best.
Have I posted yet on this thread? I think I did but I'll bet I have not posted this pic. I will always be a fan of black steel wheels.
More black steel wheels.
Pic I like from last summer.
These were the stock wheels from the 74 Camaro that was the donor for my suspension and drive line. I thought they looked "trucky" enough.
I love Black Wheels & My Mags I switch every couple of weeks. Its like driving a different car.
The old thread (10 years old) that never dies. \
No photos that I know of but when I bought my 51 Merc in early 1963 it had miss matched colors on the wheels and I went to the hardware store and bought a half pint of black paint and a cheap brush and hand painted the wheels black. I didn't sand them enough though. Things that 16 year olds live and learn.
Adding mine to the thread....
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