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Hot Rods So Many Wheel Styles. Can't Decide

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by roddin-shack, Nov 29, 2019.

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  1. roddin-shack
    Joined: Apr 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,414


    Good Idea but Tires Not The Same Size
  2. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 4,594

    from Ks

    Plain black wheels. :)
  3. roddin-shack
    Joined: Apr 12, 2006
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  4. Jay71
    Joined: Sep 15, 2007
    Posts: 855


    Of the pics you posted I like the black wheels with baby moons. The radial WW ruin that setup imo. Throw some big n little bias plys on it and that’s another story.
  5. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,675

    from So Cal

    Yeah, that is a great look, I could be quite happy with that and never want to change it.

    IMO it's the front that just doesn't look right. I think they look great on the rear, but you need to pair them with something else on the front, and that becomes the difficult part, what to pair them with.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2019
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  6. RockyMtnWay
    Joined: Jan 6, 2015
    Posts: 86


    My response might not be too popular on here (you’re on the H.A.M.B. after all), but if I am being 100% honest and I had a Dearborn body....I’d go with more of a Barry Lobeck style in a heartbeat (see below). Nice and shiny, skinny up front, and as big and bold as possible on the rear. Put your hood sides back on too, to complete the look.
    If it were a real 32 ford roadster or even Brookville repop steel body I’d say go for the traditional look (my fav), but your body lends itself to more of a newer ‘streetrod’ style than old school ‘hot rod’. Otherwise IMHO it just starts to look kinda me. :confused: :D o_O
    Ps: when I’m driving my roadster in ugly weather I gotta admit, the dearborn body with its side windows and speedy up top do call out to me a bit. ;)

  7. roddin-shack
    Joined: Apr 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,414


    I appreciat the comments, I am picking up an original style Rootlieb full hood this week. This is the only roadster I have enjoyed and is a pleasure to cruise in. Living in Calgary I am sure you know what I am talking about. My last roadster was like yours and I hated it being in Canada. The windows are awesome, as is the foldaway top. and the A.C. is not bad either. The big plus is my wife is back to enjoying cruising also. To each his own. I guess I will continue to switch the wheels around when I feel the urge.
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  8. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,505



    Your hot rod is very nicely put together, for a great look and stance. You have a ton of choices for all of the tastes here on the HAMB. Each one is going to tell you why your roadster should look like it does because of their own likes and dislikes. Get ready for the onslaught.

    The look for any West Coast, So Cal street or drag race hot rod was limited to what was available and the bank account. If it was a street legal coupe/sedan, the top choice was the Halibrand Mag Wheels.
    upload_2019-12-1_3-10-18.png Dean Lowe
    So, the your slotted mag version comes the closest to the look that most guys wanted on their hot rods. My brother and I had a set of Halibrands ordered for our 1940 Willys C/Gas Coupe, big 15” in the back and narrow 15” in the front.


    Now as far as the shiny chrome look with the American Mag Torq Thrusts, the original finish is what was “THE” look and style. People who ran them usually had the original finish and not the chromed/polished look.
    upload_2019-12-1_3-11-46.png Gary Nichols

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  9. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,803

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Vintiques with the baby moons would be my choice.
    The pictures posted are a perfect example, of how much the tire/wheel combination can change the whole look of a car.
  10. roddin-shack
    Joined: Apr 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,414


    Thanks For The Input, By The Way I have A Set Of Original Torque Thrusts But No Tires Yet. LOL
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  11. Of the options shown, these are my favorite

    The general look if most of the others are good too but I do not like the “smoothie “ wheels
  12. Tri-power37
    Joined: Feb 10, 2019
    Posts: 510


    X 2 on what Scotty t thinks !
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  13. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 918


    Pick up a Rod and Custom October 1960 and look at the rods in that magazine.

    rod n custom.jpg
  14. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,699

    from California

    in my view of things your tire sizes are all off. I'd like the Keystones but with a skinny tire up front.
  15. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,086

    Atwater Mike

    The 'smoothie-steelie' look of Vintiques just screams 'Goodguise Street rod' at its loudest.
    Windowed steel Ford wheels '40 front, '40 centers welded in reversed BUICK outer tapered rims on rear would be my choice, black tires, bias ply. Big & littles, natch'.
    Beauty rings and '46 Ford caps would look 'hot rodded w/Factory stuff'...
    That is a BEAUTIFUL '32 Roadster! Can't wait for the Rootleib hood...
  16. Clik
    Joined: Jul 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,841


    Black steel w/moons
  17. Ziggster
    Joined: Aug 27, 2018
    Posts: 579


    Black rims with moons, but I would add a pinstripe ring to match that on the belt line.
  18. Sorry but I just can't take it anymore. You guys should know those are not Keystone wheels right ? TEAM III still makes them.
    1 E-T III.jpg
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  19. roddin-shack
    Joined: Apr 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,414


    Please accept my apologies you are right. My wheels are ET lll s. Thanks. Larry
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  20. I'm liking the ETIII's or the black with caps!
  21. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,553

    Kan Kustom

    Keystones. They look like Halibrand's or ET's , my favorites. But I didn't know Keystone made that style. If they are Keystones, I like those too.
  22. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,553

    Kan Kustom

    I agree with all of this except for the original or Brookville part. I would stay with the Lobeck style no matter what body it had. Original, Brookville, Dearborn or fiberglass.

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