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17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: September 12, 2018 11:59AM

I'm swapping the stock wheels for some 17x7s. I figured I would document it in case anyone is interested.
Steps
1) Pick up free wheels on Craig's list
2) Since most wheels are FWD with crazy offset I compared to offset to what is recommended for the EM. Turns out I needed 1" spacers. Wheels are Enkei and marked the correct bolt pattern but they are not.
3) Order spacers with the correct pattern for the car and wheels and lug nuts on eBay.
4) Order 225/45R17 tires on eBay. These are very close to the stock diameter.
5) Now for the actual work. Mount and balance tires and mark for position. Pic1
6) Wheel spacers hit the rivets holding on the front drums so I ground off the heads with my cheapo Harbor Freight cut off tool. Pic2
7) Drive rivets out with air hammer. Think about what is inside the drum. You don't want to drive out the rivet at 12 o'clock because it will hit the wheel cylinder. Pic3
8) Wheel studs are too short for the spacers so I ordered a set from RockAuto
To be continued...

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: September 12, 2018 01:41PM

About the same as I did on my 64, 15x6 FWD wheels with 1 inch spacers, no rivet problem though, mine have worked out great for over a decade now.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: texas yenko dude ()
Date: September 12, 2018 02:05PM

I would have just clearanced the spacers for the rivets

Texas YENKO Dude
YS-070
YS-199
YS-320
Southeast of Disorder


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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: September 12, 2018 02:36PM

I thought about drilling the spacers but that would have been a lot more work and removing the rivets saves more weight and makes the brakes easier to work on.
Project came to a halt with the first spacer installation. I bought lug nuts for the spacers on eBay and they are garbage. Some won't even torque to 30lbs before letting go. The good thing is they are so soft that they don't damage the studs.

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: guthrie1068 ()
Date: September 12, 2018 04:20PM

I like it a lot, those are great looking wheels. I am getting ready to do the same thing, do you know the backspacing on those? I am looking forward to seeing them on the car!

Chad Guthrie
Onondaga, MI
'63 convertible

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: September 12, 2018 05:30PM

I used the lug nuts that came with the spacers for a while until finally buying some chrome nuts.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: September 12, 2018 08:46PM

I'm using the metric lug nuts that came with the spacers for the wheels. The 7/16-20 lug nuts to hold the spacers on are the ones that are junk.

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