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5 months ago
junkman
Do you want a steel wheel or a wire wheel? I have a number of both. You should really try to find one locally, because shipping is going to be the deal killer for certain.
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7 months ago
66vairman
Rims have "OFF CENTER" or "BACKSPACE" to describe how far off the rim center, that contacts to the spindle (and brake drum), is from the wheel's ideal center from rim to rim. OFF CENTER is expressed in positive or negative numbers and seems to confuse most folks. SO --- the common (and easy to measure) reference is BACKSPACE, the distance from the back side of the rim edg
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7 months ago
66vairman
Caraholic4life summed it up well. On a LM a 14" rim, 6" wide, 4.25 - 4.5 " backspace is perfect to mount a 205/70X14 tire and it's a popular size, yes BF Goodrich sell the size in raised white letters. Finding a 4 lug EM style wheel with the width and backspace may be possible, but I have no information. Some steel wheel companies do make up custom rims, but it can be p
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1 year ago
wittsend
I'd think many would want an overdrive transmission because they go long distances to events. If vanity while travelling wasn't a problem just get the largest steel wheel, tallest tire you can fit and "bolt on" your overdrive. When you arrive just swap the wheels/tires back to what you normally run. Cost, $100-ish depending upon what you think are decent (used) tires.
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1 year ago
Marco_a_p
Parts books list only one steel wheel for 62-64 - 13x5 1/2 inch wheels for all corviars except FC's
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1 year ago
American Mel
Unless you are going 100% showroom stock, it might be cheaper to look at your local tire store for a 14" steel wheel that fits. Autoconman just put Rallye Wheels on his Rampside. They look nice, and period correct, even though FC's never came with Rallye Wheels from the factory.
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1 year ago
American Mel
I would guess they would have offered both. A Plain-Jane 14" Steel wheel, as an upgrade on ALL Corvair Models, and a 14" Rallye Wheel on the Corsa.
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2 years ago
Pacerace
joelsplace Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Urethane? I've never heard of a wheel made from that. The structure of the wheel was steel, but the honeycomb design was cast urethane over the steel wheel. At the time, they decided it was cheaper than casting it out of aluminum, but made for a rediculously heavy wheel for the size.
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2 years ago
Pacerace
I copied this from a post I made on the FB groups a while back, this was my solution. For those interested in a compact spare tire, this was my solution. The 4th Gen F body spare is the newest one you can find inexpensively that will fit the bolt pattern and diameter that isn't way too small. The newer GTO spare will fit as well, but they tend to be pricey because Corvette and Cadill
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2 years ago
MattNall
Chi, these are "personal opinions". I feel Vairs are so light up front the extra weight is good, all based on MY "feelings". And if a STOCK 13" Steel wheel fits...surely a 14" will too!
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2 years ago
1966-Corsa-GT-180
Look at the photo I show above of the "Spyder" tire base bracket: The two holes on the base bracket are stamped out when the plate is formed. Two "weld-nuts" are added to the back of the plate so the retaining bolts can easily screw in place to retain the stock steel wheel. Additional bending of the plate is done to create the "legs" that attach the bracket to t
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2 years ago
NMCarNut
I want to buy a spare tire carrier, one with the "bump", for my 64 Spyder. I modified the carrier currently in the car to accept a Hands wheel and want to go back to a stock steel wheel spare. The carrier does not need to be new but must be nice enough to be able to be cleaned and painted to look new. If you have one to sell and are willing to ship in these crazy times let me know. n
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2 years ago
joelsplace
Most factory aluminum wheels I've seen were cast but not all. Ford pickups used to come with spun aluminum wheels that were super light. They put thin chrome covers over them to make them ugly but they were still lighter than any steel wheel. The first one I picked up I thought it was just a tire with no wheel. Those are the only factory spun wheels I've ever seen. I would bet my I
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2 years ago
Boosted60
American Mel Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Boosted60 Wrote: > ------------------------------------------------------- > > what aluminum wheel weighs more than steel? > > > > tit for tat, the aluminum is always gonna be lighter. > > > > randy what look are you going for? > > > Don't know who's ti
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2 years ago
American Mel
Boosted60 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > what aluminum wheel weighs more than steel? > > tit for tat, the aluminum is always gonna be lighter. > > randy what look are you going for? Don't know who's tits you are tatting, but I just did a simple online search of wheels for one of my cars. Out of 186 aluminum wheels designated
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2 years ago
joelsplace
Magic tech that can read temperatures through a steel wheel and know which direction? Cool.
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3 years ago
maldav
MattNall, thanks for the info. I have been unable to find a 14x6 (5x4.75) steel wheel with 4.50-inch backspacing. The closest I found in that size in steel is with 4.25-inch backspacing. I'm thinking that 0.25-inch decrease is not critical because the decreased backspacing moves the wheel outward by that distance, correct? Thanks again.
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3 years ago
maldav
I have a 66 Corsa Convertible and related question. When I bought the car, it was, and still is, shod with 215-60-14 tires and 14 x 7 wheels, and no spare. I want to build up a spare that simple and inexpensive: a 185-70-14 tire mounted on a 14 x 6 (5x4.75) steel wheel (that tire size is closest in circumference to 215-60-14). If anyone knows what the advisable backspace is, please post a
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3 years ago
UnauthorizedServiceTech
I purchased 14" steel wheels from summit for my EM. 14" Steel Wheel
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4 years ago
martyscarr
I bought some of the Corvette struts but didn't like the fact that they had an ID of 5/8" and used 1/2" bolts, and thought the centering washers that come with the struts were a bit flimsy. I found some steel bushings on ebay that were 1/2" ID, 5/8" OD and 3 1/4" long, cut them to length and made some spacers out of UHMW instead of using a bunch of washers.
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4 years ago
2-ragtops
Darn nice looking tire, but 180 each............whooo!
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4 years ago
1966-Corsa-GT-180
Phil, If going to ultra-original look, check this out: A New - Made in U.S.A. reproduction 700X13 tire!! Available here: Universal Tire
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4 years ago
Phil Dally
Further reading of that Chevy forum. Lead me to this date code of 14 12 5. One would assume 14 December 1965. Stem at 6 o'clock stamp is at 11. Vintage steel wheels are a thing.
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4 years ago
Phil Dally
From a Chevy forum. NT-Norris Technologies Also could be. McQuay-Norris
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4 years ago
2-ragtops
I have a whole stack of Corvair wheels. Just did four for my new Maxxis as well. I sandblasted them, and three are NT and one is only GM My guess would be a vendor mark/ID.
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4 years ago
Phil Dally
OOPS everything is NT...no KT.
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4 years ago
Phil Dally
In an effort to keep Gem all unmolested original factory. Stig dug out four wheels he thinks are correct for the car. Two are coded GM/65/NT, two are GM only, I have GM/NT code. I also have two or three wheels with no stamps at all??????? I'm 99% sure the willow green GM/65/KT pictured are correct. How correct stock accurate would any of the other wheels be? Is NT a manufac
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4 years ago
Caraholic4life
The reason I asked about 15" or 16" is that I seem to recall that that general design GM wheel was available in both sizes, and depending on the year, the offset was different. I seem to recall prior discussions regarding Camaro wheels, that they used the wheels marked "Rear" up front and the "Front" in the back. Other discussions have suggested getting wheels off o
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4 years ago
Seth Emerson
Nelson - The bolt pattern matches. 4 on 114.3mm (4.5") The backspace is a bit much for the Corvair, though. In order to match the backspace of the Corvair wheel, you might have to add a spacer between the drum face and the wheel. Since they list the backspace 4.88 inches, you should measure your stock steel wheel and compare the backspace. If you can get within .25 inches of the Corvair, you
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4 years ago
Kent Sullivan
Let's try a "wisdom of the crowds exercise": I'm trying to pinpoint when stock FC steel wheel rims had the safety bead added. The bead is visible and "feel able" as a narrow, shallow trough that goes around the entire rim about one inch in from the edge, on the front face. If you have access to a stock-appearing FC for which the modification history is known way back
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