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Flipper
04-06-2017, 02:28 PM
I'm still trying to figure out what direction my build will take. I really like the idea of paying tribute to salt flat history, but want modern low profile tires. I saw where mooneyes lists 18 inch screw on wheel covers. Has anybody seen this look tried?

52-fan
04-06-2017, 02:54 PM
I am still trying to imagine what a Studebaker would look like with 18" wheels. What year and model are you thinking about?

Mike Van Veghten
04-06-2017, 03:06 PM
I had Moon discs in my 54 wagon for a while. Removed them when I went for another old look, Halibrand Sprint wheels.
I've had "real" Moon discs on three cars over the years.

Mike

PackardV8
04-06-2017, 03:29 PM
but want modern low profile tires. I saw where mooneyes lists 18 inch screw on wheel covers. Has anybody seen this look tried?

http://www.myrideisme.com/Blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/DSC_4946.JPG

http://www.myrideisme.com/Blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Bonneville.Speedweek.2010.05.jpg

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/6d/b1/e5/6db1e59a593455304707e69f129645eb.jpg

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/9d/c2/d8/9dc2d82a3ef2dc16129e25e8afabeebf.jpg

http://www.mooneyes.co.jp/moonexpress/vol38/images/3b.jpg

It's worth noting Bonneville tires are not low profile.


I am still trying to imagine what a Studebaker would look like with 18" wheels. What year and model are you thinking about?

Several C/Ks featured in the rod mags have had 18", 19" and even larger wheels. Some whose opinions I respect like the large diameter wheel/very low profile tire look on older cars, but I haven't gotten my mind right to like it.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/7b/5d/a0/7b5da0dd7ed05d5ab12447e02436c5d1.jpg

http://slauener.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/dsc04404.jpg

jack vines

Flipper
04-06-2017, 04:12 PM
I am still trying to imagine what a Studebaker would look like with 18" wheels. What year and model are you thinking about?

Mine is a 1954 coupe with a fiberglass nose on it.

To me, the 120 inch wheelbase makes 15 inch wheels look tiny. I think 20s are a little too much though. 17s or 18s are about right .....today.

52-fan
04-06-2017, 04:37 PM
Can either of the cars in the last two pictures actually turn lock to lock? If you are really planning to drive a vehicle the turning radius matters as much as looks.

BobWaitz
04-06-2017, 05:03 PM
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StudeRich
04-06-2017, 05:09 PM
Looks like it does NOT take 18 Inch wheels to get the "Salt Flats" Look! ...Just 15 Inch wheels and some Discs. :rolleyes:

Flipper
04-06-2017, 05:31 PM
I had Moon discs in my 54 wagon for a while. Removed them when I went for another old look, Halibrand Sprint wheels.
I've had "real" Moon discs on three cars over the years.

Mike
I like Halibrands too, but I don't like the price. Are you running real halibrands or reproductions like "real rodders wheels" or "american rebel wheels"?

Mike Van Veghten
04-06-2017, 05:59 PM
flipper -

I have both real Mag. Halibrands (several sets) and a set of Eric Vaughn alum. wheels.
I've done the Vaughn wheels so that they have fooled several people into thinking they were real oxidized magnesium.

And for what it's worth...15" all the way. Unless I had a 200+mph 53 or 54 Stude, then it would be 15" in front and narrow 18" in the back.

Mike

48skyliner
04-06-2017, 06:29 PM
I choose my wheels for "the look", but I choose my tire profile for some compromise between handling and ride quality. MY 48 has 17x7 wheels, with 214/45 front and 215x50 rear tires. These tires came with the wheels and have a lot of tread left, with pretty good grip wet and dry, so I intend to wear them down some before replacement. But when I buy tires, I will be debating between 50-60 series tires. My handling is excellent, but the ride is a bit harsh with these tires. The wider the tire, the more harshness you get from a low profile. If you plan to drive much on the street, I would not be going for rubber band tires.