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Projects Two things make a car: Wheels and stance.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by flynbrian48, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 5,831


    IMG_4280.JPG According to my buddy Jake, there are two things that make, or break, a car. Wheels and stance. This afternoon I lowered the '34 down off the stands, so for the first time since it's painted, and with two of the three sets of wheels and tires on it, I can see what it's going to look like.

    And it is good. 23915926_10215552222861315_2855824909208211346_n.jpg 24130040_10215552213941092_6352111787536151187_n.jpg 24131482_10215552202420804_1086177782074156802_n.jpg
    Last edited: May 12, 2018
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  2. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 4,237

    from Hampsha

    Great lines! Might be a bit stiff of a ride w/the current shocks tho! :D Congrats!
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  3. 34Larry
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 335


    I and most everyone agree with you. So which wheels are you going to run. I prefer my wires for now, they are one off, from a time when it was on the show circuit and the car was full fendered. Those rear rims a deep reversed, both front and rear made by truespoke back in the 70's. I do believe I need some more rake in it though which might be somewhat of a problem. Has Jag rear though and I can play with the shocks in the rear I suppose, some at least.

    34 at 2017 Lyons Federal Way show.jpg
    Really dig your roadster.
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  4. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 2,656

    rusty rocket

    I dig my wheels and stance! IMG_1173.JPG IMG_1206.jpg
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  5. Rocky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,297

    Classified Editor

    I AGREE...but I'd still rather have a great set of straight-spoke American torque thrusts... 34rear12_21_15.jpg
  6. I’m liking the wires Brian.
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  7. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 5,831


    The shocks up front are Houdailles. I think you're looking at the Heim joint and all thread rod (guess how much 5/8" fine thread, grade 8, LH all thread rod is...) links. I'll probably paint the Heim joints black, they kinda stick out...
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  8. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
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    Thanks. I plan on running the wires and radials most of the time. The chrome slots are 14's, the tires are ANCIENT NOS bias belts. Those won't get driven other to an occasional cruise night or local show. The third set, which I have to paint the wheels for, are 15" '49 Chevys, 8.00x15 WW's for the rear and 7.20's for the front, if I want the car to have a more 50's vibe. I've got the '49 Chevy hubcaps with the Bowtie, which is fine since the car has a 283 and '36 Chevy headlights.
  9. aerocolor
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 985

    from dayton

  10. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 849

    from NKy

    I agree , no 20s 8 inches wide on front . Pizza Cutter front , Jelly Donut rear !

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  11. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 4,679


    Brian has it right. Wheels and stance make all the difference. My stock bodied 64 Biscayne has both and looks great. IMG_0812.JPG
  12. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 315

    jim snow

    Very true. Snowman
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  13. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 863


    Looking good flynbrian!
  14. 20180113_151104.jpg I'm sorta happy with the way my truck sits bit I'm not feeling the cragars. I originally built it with 49 wheels and caps so that is the style I'm going back to. 20171130_141007.jpg 20171130_141044.jpg
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2018
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  15. I agree,but personally I prefer a simple steel wheel and a exaggerated stance. HRP


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  16. Danny, I love the way your truck sits, mine could use a bit more elevation adjustment but because of a bad decision, that would require drop spindles. Maybe in the future. Mitch.
  17. rlsteel
    Joined: Apr 10, 2005
    Posts: 398


    I agree 100 percent, How many cars look stupid just because of the wheel choice.
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  18. PONTNAK123
    Joined: Jul 10, 2008
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  19. PONTNAK123
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  20. gearheadbill
    Joined: Oct 11, 2002
    Posts: 1,165


    a lot
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  21. MAD 034
    Joined: Aug 30, 2011
    Posts: 737

    MAD 034
    from Washington

    It is an art to get a car to sit right with the just the right rolling stock. Many have tried and fewer have succeeded.
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  22. wheeltramp brian
    Joined: Jun 11, 2010
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    wheeltramp brian

    Joined: Sep 29, 2014
    Posts: 105

    from Newton NC

    IMHO - Nothing beats steels.
  24. Xman
    Joined: Nov 17, 2011
    Posts: 377


    IMHO, It takes more than wheels and stance to make a car look right. Take my 34 for example. You may like the stance and wheel choice and think the car is a piece of shit because I chopped it to much.
    It comes down to a lot of things put together that make a nice look.
  25. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 5,704


    From this:-

    To this:-
    RIDE HEIGHT2.jpg

    Wheels are next!
  26. IMG_20171028_121412096.jpg I don't think I've got mine quite right yet. Tires look too small but that might be the whitewall width.
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  27. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 8,543

    from oregon

    Not me!
    One of the cars that I've always considered my North Star as to what a hot rod should look like.


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  28. Rocky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,297

    Classified Editor

    Cheap plain jane ford with a little attitude. 55ford4small.JPG
  29. Dago 88
    Joined: Mar 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,308

    Dago 88

    Got the stance ,got the wheels, shame about the paint :) 13244194_1926971297529223_1372746304451838227_o.jpg
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  30. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,509

    Ned Ludd

    Another thumbs-up for the wires.

    By the way, happy birthday!

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