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65cruiser
12-13-2005, 07:45 AM
Last week I went out to the garage and found both tires on the passenger side of my Cruiser were flat[}:)]. I jacked up the car and removed the tires (found a roofing nail in each one). I took them down to the tire store for repair.

When I went to put them back on the car, I decided since both were off the passenger side it would be a good time to rotate them front to back[:p]. I finished the passenger side, then went to the drivers side. When I removed the wheel covers, I found one "different" wheel.:( It does not have the little "nubs" that hold on a small hupcap. It also does not have the little slots that old the Stude clips. Instead, it has a series of holes in between the lug holes like it was either drilled for, or used to have some other type of attaching clips screwed/riveted there. The wheel center itself is smooth--does not look like a Stude wheel. I took the wheel off and checked for markings, etc. and found none. The backspacing is exactly like my other three wheels, so with the wheelcover in place you can't tell the difference.

I don't think it's a Ford wheel because Ford DID use the little nubs to hold on the hubcap--so I think it's a Mopar wheel, probably from the early 50s. Has anyone seen these used on Stude's before? Is it something that needs "correcting"[}:)]

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kmul221
12-13-2005, 11:30 AM
Lot's of people use the mopar rims because they fit on the Studebaker hubs & they are wider than the originals & will take a 205X15 tire with no safety issues;If you don't want to go back to the original
"skinny" tire,leave them on as no one can tell when the hub-cap is on
& the car handles a lot better with the wider radials.Unless of coarse you are a purist & don't feel right with them on.I believr they come from the late 70's early 80 mopars

65cruiser
12-13-2005, 12:18 PM
Nope, these are much older--probably from early 50s. These wheels are the same (narrow) width as my original rims. There's only one on the car at this time.


quote:Originally posted by kmul221

Lot's of people use the mopar rims because they fit on the Studebaker hubs & they are wider than the originals & will take a 205X15 tire with no safety issues;If you don't want to go back to the original
"skinny" tire,leave them on as no one can tell when the hub-cap is on
& the car handles a lot better with the wider radials.Unless of coarse you are a purist & don't feel right with them on.I believr they come from the late 70's early 80 mopars


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1965 Cruiser
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