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Technical Where to buy red 15" steelies

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ThisOneGoesTo11, Apr 4, 2023.

  1. Hello, anybody like Speedway selling these, bright red 15" 5x5" GM wheels? Not dinged up and pitted like my 73 year old ones. Thanks
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  2. Not sure I have ever seen red painted wheels for sale new. I have seen ones that are primed new and even some painted like black or gray, but I could be wrong too.
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  3. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 19,993


    5x5” GM wheels? What is that from?
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  4. Yea, I couldn’t come up with any 73 year old wheels with that bolt pattern. They started with that in 71 on pickups and I know some of the big GM cars had that pattern but not sure what year it started.
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  5. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,443


    Try WheelSmith, they can make just about any wheel you need and can powder coat in the color you want.
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    Joined: May 22, 2010
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  7. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 4,300

    from SW Wyoming

    I believe GM started using that 5x5 on all of the full size cars in '71 also, and big Buicks used it for years before that. You might be able to find red powder coated ones, if you're into that, we got some repro '60's GM 14's powder coated in black a couple years ago. Have to laugh about that one, because we ended up painting them anyway.
  8. Well, heck...when you said Buick I had to go search what my 73 year old Buick has for bolt pattern. Apparently it is 5 on 5... I learned something tonight about one of my own cars that I guess I have never had a wheel off of...
  9. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 8,542

    Marty Strode

    Buick, Olds, Pontiac and Cadillac all used 5 on 5 wheels from at least the early 40's, and were 15's by the late 40's, until 1957 when some went to 14".
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  10. PONTNAK123
    Joined: Jul 10, 2008
    Posts: 638


    wheel smith
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  11. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 33,372


    Sandblast, high build primer, sand, prime again sand again, when they get looking good, paint them bright red.
    Lots of 60's and 70's GM big car wheels that might fit but you have to watch the center hole diameter .
    Wheelsmith can build you wheels to fit though.
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  12. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 2,044


    I have a pair of 15" X 6.5" with 5 X 5" pattern wheels but they came off of a Lincoln or some other FoMoCo car. They're original paint now but for a price I could beadblast them to bare metal and then you could prime and paint them to your liking.

  13. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 12,757


    I’ve only bought a few new wheels (mail order stuff) only had a primer on them for corrosion protection. Before I had a cabinet it was - sand them down, primer-spray paint.
  14. I only buy new wheels if they are aluminum or chrome. I have access to a shot blast at work, so cleaning up old wheels to paint them is fairly easy and I figure the quality of the old wheels is likely better than new.
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  15. Just buy the steel wheels you need and have them powder coated RED or by a few rattle cans and spray them RED which is a cheaper alternative. HRP
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  16. Thanks everyone, strip and paint red it is!
  17. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 3,858

    rusty valley

    I made this rig for painting wheels. Works good, no skill required, practically pour the paint on and it flows out perfect every time. Runs at 5 RPM's ED2E8F4B-087C-4D98-91AD-0E6490778B69.jpeg 8CA77411-ECEE-4913-8F49-E20CE59F2F27.jpeg
  18. Joe H
    Joined: Feb 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,459

    Joe H

    Mask off the rear fenders of your car, bolt on a bare, ready to paint wheel, start the engine, put in gear, let wheel spin, and paint, Like Rusty Valley has above only cheaper. You will be surprised how easy it is to get a really good finish with the wheel spinning. Keep it spinning for a while till the paint tacks up.
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  19. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 3,858

    rusty valley

    First time I used my machine I left it run for about an hour after painting. Not long enough, it had big sags in the paint next morning when I looked at it and had to be stripped and done again. Now, I will leave it run all day. It was free to make as I'm a guy with lotsa junk...Ah...I mean, stuff around. I've since made a few adapters to mount lots of different things for painting, and even can spin a gas tank for cleaning. Its been a good thing to have around if you have space to store it and stuff to build it.
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  20. Joe H
    Joined: Feb 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,459

    Joe H

    Free is good, having laying around, Even better! Bet it's good to pinstripe wheels also.
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  21. BadgeZ28
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,149

    from Oregon

  22. birdman1
    Joined: Dec 6, 2012
    Posts: 1,566


    my 1960 Merc monterey has 5x5 14" wheels. I think from 1949-1960 if I rmember right.
  23. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 3,858

    rusty valley

    @Joe H , I've not pinstriped yet, but yes it could be done. I pull a pin and the top tilts to remove the belt so you can turn it by hand. Good for checking a wheel for true, and prepping for paint.

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