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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Apr 23, 2017.
If it's really racing, it's excusable. If it's being driven on the street, it looks shitty.
50 - we differ in opinion re: the ''look''steelies/slicks & mags up front, but you have a really valid point. "Poser'' cars have never been cool!
Does anyone make chrome steelies with just one bolt pattern? I hate the multilug setups...
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder, and the wallet decides a lot of how others perceive what your intentions are for it to look like.
Wheels can make a car stand out and to not be looked at by observers, doesn't matter how many hand made pieces are in the puzzle.
I say start off with some cheap steelies and when money permits, buy the mag's you want when you find them. Wheels and tire combos change the look of a car significantly. Keep both sets and swap them around when the mood strikes you ....
Try Wheel Vintiques, I just bought some Chrome 15" late Ford pattern wheels for my RPU. They may not accept early ford caps however, I am running 49-50 Merc caps.
Steel wheels and hubcaps are stock OEM. You are a restorer , not a hotrodder if you don't run mags.
Myself personally, I've been running Jeep front wheels, and Jeep center rear wheels w/8" wide Chevy pickup truck hoops, since 2010. Budget.
I would love to have the budget of Hallibrand wheels, or recent repops, ain't happening.
So, I ordered Coker steelies like HRP sedan, except with windows, and '47 Ford script style caps, and to be painted Allis Chalmers orange, just like the engine in my A sedan.
I ordered that style of wheel and cap because I have, within my budget, been able to put a Ford dropped axle in the front, and I split the Ford wishbone myself. I have done many things to try to respect traditional within my budget, and still build a car from a body that restorers did not want because of rust damage. I had a lot of help with that sheetmetal work.
Pics of soon change will be on the HAMB very soon. Waiting for the phone call of arrival.
I almost covet many wheels that some of us can afford, and know where my wallet has the steering wheel.
I like solids
Bullshit. Nobody used mags on a street car before 1960.
That's because they were not available. Then hotrodders started making them to improve over OEM just like everything else they could think of. They started chroming and reversing original steel first to look better and stand out, then went on to completely new wheels. I was only trying to be humorous. Wasn't trying to offend guys that like original wheels and hubcaps. I am just one of those that was glad to get away from them and won't go back. If a guy likes them, enjoy them. Just answering the original question asked.
It may just be me, but if I see a car with steels (especially black steels) and slicks out back, its got that down to business looks. No frills, just I'm here to go fast and get that job done I don't need to be flashy about it.
No doubt it's what the style of the car dictates, or suggests if you prefer.
A couple years ago I got the opportunity to pick up a '32 roadster that had been well built and was about 90% of what I would have done had I put it together. Since I'm at an age where many might think it's a serious act of optimism to open a new family size tube of tooth paste, I decided rather than taking the years it would to build, I'd buy this one and tweak it to my desires in short order. As soon as I saw the car I knew the few tweaks it needed, it sort of spoke to me. My plan was to fashion it like what we desired in '63, a car transitioning from a '50s style to an updated version of itself as it progressed through time (what could be more traditional that that?). For me, a deuce hiboy needs a hood to accentuate it's lines, and even though I've done plenty of cars with steelies, this one needed 5 spokes. I dallied with the idea of a set of Olds hubcaps, but somehow they just didn't "feel" right (white walls might have been the added jazz that would have made them work, but I didn't want that look). While adding the wheels I also took care of the tire stagger as well. The tires that came with it were just off a bit.
My '40 coupe has steelies, and the in process '32 sedan will hit the road with steelies, so it's back to that notion.......the car and it's style choose the type of wheels (with plenty of influence from those pictures of what's "right" in our own heads).
mags only way to go on my 32
I just switched out the steelies on my '39, for the Americans..on this car I prefer the mags.
I got mine from Rally America, very satisfied !
My days of polishing wheels are long over, steelies and caps for me.
I prefer the understated look
439902.jpg by bowie posted Jan 13, 2013 at 8:20 PM
when you cant make up your mind ?
Ive got a set of '40 wheels for my sedan, as well as some divco milk truck wheels. Ive also got a set of wires too, but if i were to splash out and get some mags they would look like this...can anyone enlighten me and tell me what they are?
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You just made my day ! I love a 39 Deluxe or 40 with mags !
Depends on the desired look.
I've had a few different sets on my coupe and each is a dramatic change.
Steelies with disc...
Steelies with Merc caps...
Love the last version.
Are you using a stock 1940 rear end or later make?
Those look like the Rocket brand version (link from their ad on the Home page), American Racing makes something similar but different finish
I like them both. Depends on the application.
It's a '60-'64 Chev 10 bolt
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