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  1. Flamed48
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    This question may have been asked before but what’s the cooler wheel n tire set up the chrome steelie or the painted steelie ?


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  2. Black_Sheep
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  3. Does this answer your question? HRP

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  4. 51 mercules
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  5. Chrome wheels are cool. painted wheels work but chrome wheels are the holy grail
     
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  6. F-ONE
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    I like chrome steeliness but I think they look much better with black walls.
    White walls look better to me on a painted wheel.
     
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  7. Mr48chev
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    I have always liked the look of the chrome steelies. Blackwall/white wall. that is entirely on the stotyle and somewhat the year of the vehicle along with the actual total build of the vehicle. Wide whites look perfect on the little gold truck HRP showed because they are part of the package while blackwalls on that truck might not look right on it unless you run big and littles. Same size black walls never look right to me on a hot rod unless it is a pre war build from the get go.
     
  8. el Scotto
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    I think it depends on the car. I like painted steelies on some cars, chrome on others.

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  9. 49ratfink
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    depends on the car, and depends on the steelie. those chrome "smoothie" steelies are never cool.
     
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  10. partsdawg
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    Don't ask me.I wouldn't know cool if it hit me.
     
  11. seb fontana
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    X2
     
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  12. 2935ford
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    What HRP said! :)
     
  13. j3harleys
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    The real question is which one do you think is cooler. Oh yea check my avatar.:cool:
     
  14. Gman0046
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    Never use w HYq2SbttQgeNAfh%02YAZQ.jpg hite walls. My 60 Poncho Bubbletop.
     
  15. 19Fordy
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    Chrome is King.
     
  16. ROADSTER1927
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    Black walls and CHROME!!!:D
     
  17. brady1929
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    Painted steelies and wide whites.
     
  18. Squablow
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    I never saw a car that looked bad with proper chrome steel wheels on it. Painted wheels can also look nice on the right application.
     
  19. BamaMav
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    If it don't shine, I don't want it on mine.....
    Chrome or polished aluminum.
     
  20. Bandit Billy
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    Not my question. Are those vented or smoothies, I cant tell from that pic. If they are vented, what manufacturer? Do you have other pics of those wheels? Thanks
     
  21. 345 coupe
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    Don't build for me, do what you like.

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  22. arkiehotrods
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    I could never make up my mind, so...
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  23. rudestude
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    Here's a clue...its your car . If you are going to build a car based on everyone's opinion your never going to finish it let alone enjoy it.

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  24. jnaki
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    Paint or chrome

    Hello,

    Of all the things we tried on our cars, chrome seems like it should win this battle. When shiny, nothing holds it back and it draws the eye to the object. Model A wires chromed or painted? In this case, painted. But, Buick Skylark wires, chrome or painted? Chromed of course. The lists will go on for each hot rodder’s choices and what the current trend is for that style of wheel. What comes from the factory is usually what the traditional look implies.


    Haven’t we all tried many colors of wheel paint to see which one makes your own hot rod stand out? With my first 40 Ford Sedan Delivery, I wanted chrome reversed wheels, but did not have the money to buy a set. So, I tried the bright silver paint with small hubcaps. The comments were: looks like chrome from a far away stance, but up close, it looks weak compared to a hot rod with chrome wheels, reversed or not. So, it was back to black with small hubcaps.
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    The 58 Impala was a great car by itself. With the stock whitewalls and full hubcaps, it looked great, for going to the grocery store. But hot rod /drag racer guys just could not leave it alone and took off the full hubcaps for small ones.
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    Then, it was paint the funky stock wheel color to black with whitewalls. That look was much improved. Then as the chrome thing kicked in again, all wheels were painted silver with small hubcaps.
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    But, because the costs always held back the teenage hot rod guy from doing the things we saw at those numerous car shows, it was make do with what you have. By the time I was the primary driver as a senior in high school, I finally found the combination of beauty trim rings and small Chevy hubcaps to give the Impala an extra look that no one else in So Cal had at the time. It was my version of a chromed wheel look, but far less in cost.
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    By 1964, I had about 18 months of 5 chromed Buick Skylark wire wheels for the extreme custom look on the Impala. But in the summer of 1964, someone heisted them and the Impala was sold in the fall with all black wheels and rims.

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  25. edcodesign
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    image.jpeg image.jpeg I like the chrome, but I painted the centers for contrast.
     
  26. 325w
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    Like the color and the partial hood on the 5w
     
  27. There is no right thing, it's all subjective depending on what the owner likes, for me it's painted steel wheels. HRP
     
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  28. Jalopy Joker
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    post pic of ride that you are talking about
     

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