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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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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: September 29, 2018 09:28PM

I just ordered my 4th set if lug nuts today. 3 in a row bad from eBay. All identical. 4th set are coming from Rockauto.

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: 63Darrin ()
Date: October 02, 2018 08:45PM

When I added aftermarket wheels to my '63(16x7"), I added half inch billet spacers with longer studs I bought at Pep Boys. I didn't want to cut off the rivets so I marked the spacers and used my drill to carve out enough room for the spacer to fit over the rivets. It worked out great! I have since removed the wheels because I'm in the process of converting my car to a 5 lug setup with disc brakes.

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Date: October 03, 2018 07:39AM

Good lookin' wheels! What is the total tire/wheel weight of that set?

Keep 'em Rollin'!


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza 'Vert (SOLD) ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: October 03, 2018 09:31AM

My 4th set if lug nuts are supposed to be in today...
I'll try to remember to weigh them.

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: October 03, 2018 10:09AM

My super accurate bathroom scale says 37lbs for wheel, tire, spacer and 4 lug nuts.
34lbs for a stock EM wheel with a normal basically new Maxxis tire.

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Date: October 03, 2018 10:54AM

Thanks, Joel.
That's a bit surprising to me. I was sure the alloy wheel would be lighter than the steel original. I also thought the low-profile tire would be lighter than an 80 series.
So much for thinkin', eh? grinning smiley


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza 'Vert (SOLD) ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: October 03, 2018 11:02AM

If they were the same width they would be lighter. I was hoping they would be lighter. They are Enki wheels which tend to be lighter than a lot of the cheaper wheels.

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: October 04, 2018 03:49PM

Finally got lug nuts that worked.

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: October 04, 2018 03:50PM

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: October 04, 2018 03:58PM

Looks vairy nice! thumbs up

-Tom


63' Monza Spyder Convertable (in process) MY Build Thread
65' Monza MY Build Thread
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86' BMW 325es
98' Dodge 2500 12v Cummins Diesel with 1200 lb torque!
98' VW Jetta TDI, for daughter
01' Audi Allroad Stage 3 twin turbo

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: guthrie1068 ()
Date: October 06, 2018 07:12AM

thumbs upthumbs up

Chad Guthrie
Onondaga, MI
'63 convertible

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: sawdog81 ()
Date: October 06, 2018 11:12AM

NICE

Tom in Murphy, TX
'66 Monza Cpe 110/4spd
'69 Monza Cvt 110/PG #4858

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Re: 17x7 wheel install '64 Spyder
Posted by: Early Guy ()
Date: October 06, 2018 09:25PM

My son bought some unknown brand 17x7 wheels from a fellow local Corvair club member a few years ago they had been on a 62 coupe and came with like new tires. They cleared everything with use of 1/4" spacers at the rear on his 63.I was tired of looking for decent 13" tires. I wanted something a little less radicle on my 63 conv. so after much research I bought a set of 15x7 Enkei Compe wheels #477-570-4825GM.They're kind of a Minilite replica They had gone out of production so I had a hard time finding 4. I understand they are now available again.I put a set of 205/60/15 tires on. They clear everything,look and perform great.


Ray Johnson Villa Park IL 63 Spyder Conv. 140 EFI

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