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Projects Steelies or mag wheels? Both are popular but what do you prefer?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. wutnxt
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 320


    Steelies or mags, anything but Cragars. Never did like 'em
  2. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,290

    0NE BAD 51 MERC

    Although cool, steel wheels seem to give a car a stock or restored/ sleeper vibe. But mag's with big and littles give even a crap ass old 6 cylinder four door the look like it is going a 100 standing still. I like both, but 90 % of the time I will choose Mag's. Larry
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  3. I kinda like 'em both.

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  4. Humboldt Cat
    Joined: Feb 20, 2003
    Posts: 2,231

    Humboldt Cat
    from Eureka, CA

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  5. RaginPin3Appl3
    Joined: Mar 31, 2016
    Posts: 1,145


    I'll always prefer steelies. I love the low buck, plain look of them. That and the fact that mags didn't become popular till the mid 60s and i like 1955-1962 ish built cars

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  6. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,117


    my 2 cents, Mag wheels are for race cars, just no exception for me ever
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  7. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,778

    from California

    I saw 3 vintage chrome plated steelies in the box at a swap meet today. not sure what brand they were. definitely old. blue lettering in the box is all I remember.
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  8. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,778

    from California

    every car pictured here with steelies would look just as good with the proper size vintage American 5 spokes... well except for Moriarity's custom cars.
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  9. nvrenuff
    Joined: Mar 27, 2011
    Posts: 30

    from new jersey

    How about steel mags? Ha. I change em just to keep myself from selling the whole car. Change it up to renew Interest. Just picked up these appliances. Need mopar 4.5" retaining rings if anyone has em laying around???

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  10. stimpy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,547


    I am on the fence at times , As I like both , but the steelies have to be like a artillery style rim not a cop car or truck rim , as for Mags slots or a slot type ( ansens , rodlight , halibrands ) on a old ride look nice , around here they torque thrusted it to death ..they even put them on the puke t cruisers .
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  11. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,150


    Old Cragar SS on the 35. I bought alloys for the 46 but I'm selling them and getting steelies so I can run some NOS caps. I had chrome Ansens and Magnums as well as steelies on previous cars. Love SmokinBill's options
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  12. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,626


    Mag. That's short for Magnesium. #1 IMO
    Steelies on bare bones sleepers, early tin, shine runners, oh hell.. I like 'em all! IMG_20141126_113319159.jpg
  13. aussie57wag
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 233

    from australia

    Steelies. Very rear mags add to the cool of a car. Especially these new oversize one.

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  14. TheWanderer
    Joined: Oct 24, 2009
    Posts: 8

    from Sweden

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  15. 5smittys
    Joined: Apr 22, 2014
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  16. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,033

    Ned Ludd

    Steelies, alloys, wires, all have their place; even the new steelies with holes in them can very easily be given the feel of '50s/'60s Alfa-Romeo/Jaguar/etc. wheels. I'm with wutnxt on Cragars, though.

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  17. Steel slots have become really hard to come by. I have had a couple of cars that had them but way back in the '70s. If I could find an old set even if the chrome was bad I would run them and never give it s second thought. I had a friend in the early '80s that had them on all for corners of a galaxie 500 (I think a '63 or '64) the chrome was crap and he painted them gold. Good looking car.

    @Montana1 seems like I used to have American 5 spokes a lot. I knew lots of guys with craigers but for whatever reason I usually had a set of Americans or could find them easy enough.
  18. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 3,803


    All of the above, wheels/tires are the one thing that can change up the "Look" of a ride more so than anything you can do, IMO
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  19. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,498

    from Zoar, Ohio

    I prefer Cragars only on muscle cars.
    Chrome reverse look great on 60's cars.
    Steelies are great on anything pre 1980.
    Early wires only up to 1936.
    I too like red wheels.
    I never understood the negative opinions of them.
    They are more traditional than any other color and found clear back to our beginnings.



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  20. It's easy to see on the roadster that the wheels play well with the visible red interior on the roadster. It's nearly a perfect concert.

    On the three window, red wheels look good but not as nearly perfect as the roadster so I don't like them as much either-especially when parked together. Not that they don't work, but because I was spoiled with nearly perfect of the roadster.
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  21. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,626


    'Beaner, if you were closer, I'd give you a pair of crappy 15x8 steel slots. So far, no one want 'em around here.
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  22. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,836

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    I love Cragars, but changed them out for more period correct steelies on my '39
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  23. Yeah, Mericans make a hot rod out of anything! :D
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  24. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,956

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    My first love for wheels is 53 Stubebaker cone gold dot covers on 15in. anything.***** Steely's with rings an beany or bullet star center was my #2 wheel love. The last wheels I fell in love with are slots. I've not added any thing to those 3,haven't seen better yet.
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  25. image.jpeg I bought new Halibrands 10 years ago from Halibrand and am in the process of changing over to "steelies and Ford caps" for a different look.When I get "tired" of the steelies, the mags(aluminum) go back on. Flatheads Forever!
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  26. sunk99
    Joined: Jan 1, 2014
    Posts: 2


    I used to think that all cars needed an aluminum wheel but the older I have gotten the more I have grown to like the steel wheels. My current 61 bubble has steelies and my last 62 chevy wagon had billet specialties solid wheels with caps to mimic steelies

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  27. If I were closer I would take 'em.
    Usually when you find steel slots around here the bolt holes are all wobbled out. I guess they used with acorn nuts ( which would be about right) and commonly the lugs were just bearley too long, They would run just loose enough to wobble the holes out.
    The '39 looks real sweet with the steelies. You don't really have room for it but I would like to see the rears reversed, just the beaners visual delight. But like I said the old ford looks real good with steelies.

    Laugh if you like, I traded for a '65 Impala 4 door hardtop once and it had Americans all around, and radio tars. It was a hotrod I know it were. ;)

    Something that comes to mind, and it is just an aesthetic thing I think. But in my mind if a car is going to run really nice or newish looking wheels, especially aluminum wheels it really needs to have a decent paint job. On a jalopy fancy wheels just look like a jewel in a pigs snout.
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  28. ffr1222k
    Joined: Nov 5, 2009
    Posts: 1,110


    Would Magnum 500's be steelies or be a Mag?
    Regardless I do like them.
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  29. LOL I like them too. I guess to a purest they are a steelie and a muscle car head ( born in the '80s or later of course) they would be "Mags". Perhaps they are steelmags.:D
  30. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,677

    jimmy six

    As long as they are not 22's, I don't care..

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