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Hot Rods What Wheel/Tire combo?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dan Hay, Apr 16, 2021.

  1. Ok Fellas-

    My 'ol coupe will be getting a new stance, motor freshen and new wheels/tires in the next 2 years. The white walls are 20 year old radials and not safe. I go back and forth about what to do. So, if the HAMB has an abundance of anything, it's opinions. Have at it! What say you? Mind you, I'm posting on the HAMB, not so keep your modern wheel choices to yourself. Any traditional wheel and tire combo is fair game.

    Try to imagine it 'in the weeds', because that's where it'll be when I'm done, no more 4x4. 38.jpg 38chev.JPG 38roundup.jpg
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  2. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
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    There both nice but the Olds is slightly better on this car..
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  3. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 16,581


    How about some aluminum Vette wheels? ;)
  4. Ha! Been there done that... IMG_1723.JPG

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  5. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
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    Seems like you liked them back then....
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  6. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
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    from oregon

    I really like the look you are planning, always have.
    The "gasser look" has had its day in the sun in my opinion and it's getting harder and harder to come up with a fresh idea.
    The five spokes on this car really give it a timeless look, it has the perfect stance, and doesn't have that "trying too hard" image.

  7. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,122


    I like it like it is-especially the 1st photo with the Buick caps-timeless to me
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  8. KevKo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 547

    from Motown

    More info needed. What do you want the car to be? Hot rod? Custom? For hot rods, hard to beat 5-spokes or Halibrands on big-n-little black-walls. And chromed reversed on either black-walls or thin whites. The car isn't really a custom, but the Olds caps and white-walls look great.
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  9. Ditto to this...
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  10. HOT ROD! I like customs, but not for this car.
  11. missysdad1
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
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    15-inch American Torq-Thrusts with black-painted spokes. Timeless.
  12. Big and little painted steelies. No caps. Look at @Ryan 38. wide in back with cheaters and some 155s in front with the nose in the weeds. Simple and timeless. You can do it in WWW like this pic or blackwall

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    OEM style chrome's, NO SMOOTHIES, wide whites about the size of stock tires in the early 60s, like maybe 2" plus a little. Pinners are to close to lowrider bomb, which is kool AF, but not for a hot rod vibe. Past that I'll stand in the TQ Thrust line too. Naturals with polished rims. You gotta pick the tire tho...
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  14. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
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    Sounds like a Hot Rod, pick your time period.
  15. All good suggestions so far... I don't want to taint the well, but Halibrand sprints are high on my list.
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  16. Steel Wheels with Olds or Some 55 Chrysler caps would look good. 5.60 or 6.0 X 15 white wall Firestones on the front and 8.20 X 15 White wall Firestones on the back. It will fill the wheel wells like it did on my 39.

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  17. Jim Bouchard
    Joined: Mar 2, 2011
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    Jim Bouchard

    For a Hot Rod look it’s hard to beat the ET III’s with big and little black walls
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  18. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,551


    The cool thing about running hubcaps that all fit on a set of wheels is you can change hubcaps for a bit of a different look in a few minutes. Flippers one day, Buick caps the next, moons and rings on Thursday night at cruise night.
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  19. Not a bad choice at all.
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  20. KevKo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
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    from Motown

    Also what era you want. I am more of a late-60's guy. As Jim Bouchard said, ET-III's are freakin' awesome. Barry Lobeck would have agreed. But not for every taste.
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  21. What's your budget? We all like spending other people's money, but give us some guidelines.
  22. The budget is not unlimited, but I’m willing to step up because this car is the long term keeper. So, not looking to spend magnesium Halibrand money, but not cheaping out either. Clear as mud?

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  23. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
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  25. Yeah, I've been eyeballing those. Would you go cast centers or fully polished?
  26. Cast myself. Or, If I did polished I have a couple hues I would do in anodizing or cerakote. Did some OT wheels in a hard ano and they come out a beautiful dark gray

    Hard anodizing center and right
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  27. That's always a timeless hot rod look. HRP
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  28. mcsfabrication
    Joined: Nov 26, 2006
    Posts: 920


    Fully polished!
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  29. Magfiend
    Joined: Sep 11, 2019
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  30. Nice! Opens up a lot of possibilities.


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