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black9fourfour
12-21-2010, 04:56 PM
Can anyone tell me if this application is correct for my 1959 Silver Hawk...

15" x 6" Chrysler Wire Wheel
5 x 5.5" Bolt Pattern
3 5/8" Backspacing

http://onlyoldiesgarage.com/xcart/product.php?productid=16770&cat=263&page=1

Run on 205/75 Radial Whitewall Tires.

Will I need to modify the hub in any way or are they plug and play?


Thanks,
Shaun

bezhawk
12-21-2010, 05:00 PM
Sorry to tell you, Most Studebaker wheels were 5 X 4 1/2 spacing. The exceptions being Trucks and Pre- 51 cars.

sweetolbob
12-21-2010, 05:29 PM
Sorry to tell you, Most Studebaker wheels were 5 X 4 1/2 spacing. The exceptions being Trucks and Pre- 51 cars.

Bez, The listing is for 5 X 4 1/2 and says 5 and 5 1/2 are available. I'll let the experts advise on fit but they are a great looking set of wheels and will looks great on the car.

Bob

ST2DE5
12-21-2010, 05:34 PM
Them wheels would look great on my 56 Parkview. But my wife would refuse to clean them.

bezhawk
12-21-2010, 05:36 PM
Sorry, I didn't bother to look at the link.(first)

StudeDave57
12-21-2010, 05:39 PM
They'd look something like this I believe~

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?2677-Blackhawk61-Ken-Byrd-1961-HAWK

Ken has posted the specs for his somewhere on this Forum...

black9fourfour
12-21-2010, 06:02 PM
yes, i am envious of Ken's car. that is the look i am going for. still not sure about paint color, but the wheels are 100% on point.

So is it confirmed... 5 x 4.5" bolt pattern? no mods?


Shaun

black9fourfour
12-22-2010, 01:09 PM
Sorry to bump, but i want to order these wheels soon and would like to ensure fitment. You guys are my holy grail of Studebaker.

15" x 6" Chrysler Wire Wheel
5 x 4.5" Bolt Pattern
3 5/8" Backspacing

Run on 205/75 Radial Whitewall Tires.


Will this work without modification?


Shaun

StudeDave57
12-22-2010, 01:23 PM
Sorry to bump, but i want to order these wheels soon and would like to ensure fitment. You guys are my holy grail of Studebaker. Will this work without modification? Shaun
All the Hawks I've seen with wires can be counted on one hand.
The way I see it there are two ways to find out for certain~
SEARCH the Forum for posts Ken has made about his.
Contact someone who has done it (Ken) and ask.

These are the reasons I posted the link above.


StudeDave '57 :cool:

valleyguy
12-22-2010, 01:26 PM
Shaun, I recently put new Weld Racing Prostar wheels on my 58 Hawk; wheels are 15 x 6, 3.5" back spacing,, with 205x75x15 tires. They fit fine,
a little tight on the back, but there is no rubbing. Your wheels will have an addition 1/8 inch backspacingj which should give you a tad more clearance.
Joe D.6144

calntvs
12-22-2010, 06:18 PM
I have run Tru Spoke (Cragar) wires 15 x 7 with 3.75 backspacing on my GT Hawk for 20 years...fit great. Currently running 215 75 15 whitewalls with no clearance issues and speedo is almost dead on with my GPS readout. AND they look great, even after 20 years!

Joe

beatnik64
12-22-2010, 07:42 PM
Wondering?!?!...would the 3.75 back spacing be enough to clear a front disk brake conversion?

barnlark
12-22-2010, 09:53 PM
Wondering?!?!...would the 3.75 back spacing be enough to clear a front disk brake conversion?

Depends on the wheel. Most newer wheels are wide enough to clear the brake calipers. The question might be, is the backspacing too much so that the tire hits the kingpin, rather than "enough." Someone should have an answer with that backspacing. My front wheels are the stock backspacing for Torq Thrust IIs. The rears are the backspacing body clearance issues on many Studes. 52Ragtop is the best answer-man for your question, though.

Black9fourfour, if any wheel vendor has the older spec 5 lug by 4-1/2" Ford, or Chrysler pattern (if they don't list Studebaker) then you should be okay.

Dads Baby
12-23-2010, 01:38 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1940-52-53-54-55-1956-60-61-Chrysler-MOPAR-Wire-Wheels-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem2ea406bf7fQQitemZ200320401279QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTru ckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

Look at the pictures in this auction. One is worth a thousand words!

Cale Wilbern
12-23-2010, 02:09 AM
I've seen where two wheels of the same size and backspacing had different caliper clearances. IT all depends on where the groove is placed for changing the tire. Some are further out than others, and those have a better chance of clearing the caliper.

bezhawk
12-23-2010, 07:14 AM
It is close to what Daytons on my Avanti are.......15x6----3 1/2 back spacing.
If yours are a tad too close then you can always add a thin spacer without dire consequences.

black9fourfour
12-23-2010, 01:22 PM
So it's official. I am going to bite the bullet and go for the Chrysler style wheels.

Thanks guys!

Shaun

Studedude
12-23-2010, 10:47 PM
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