View Full Version : Wheels anyone running lark with P21575r15

rusty nut garage
08-15-2011, 01:09 PM
My 60 lark needs new shoes, its a drive car running ranger wheels. currently has p205 on it. 3.9 rear gear with OD trans. I'm trying to gain a little taller tire to assist the lower gear rear. It only gains me appx 65 rpm so the more I look at it with the added effort to steer etc I'm talking myself out of it but thought I'd see if anyone else is running the bigger size. Any infor appreciated, tire rub etc.

41 Frank
08-15-2011, 01:18 PM
Russ I have installed 215x75's on my 63 Lark and once in a while they will rub a lttle on a right full lock turn into a driveway but other than that I'm happy with them. I am using 5.5" Ford front rims and 6" rears. Not Ranger type.

08-15-2011, 03:13 PM
I have 205x75R-15 Cooper WSW tires on my '59 Lark VI and they are performing very well. No tire rubbing and the car handles well and rides well.


08-15-2011, 03:35 PM
I have 205x75R-15 Cooper WSW tires on my '59 Lark VI and they are performing very well. No tire rubbing and the car handles well and rides well.


I was going to post about how big a tire I can run on my 1962 Lark but you answered my question. :) Needless to say; I'll be running a wider than stock rim; the Stude 4.5" ones are useless unless I was going to restore the car to 100% factory specs. I have five 15" x 6" steel wheels off of a 1987 Mercury Grand Marquis; it and my Lark both have the 5 on 4.5" bolt pattern and I'll be reusing the original wheel covers that came on the latter vehicle...........

08-15-2011, 07:41 PM
I did exactly what Frank has done,same size tires on a 63 lark (back around 84,85) I even remember useing those blue plastic roll up sleds for rear of front fender inner wells,and had come loose and the tire grabbed it and sucked the right front down towards the pavement.

08-16-2011, 10:23 PM
Russ I run 215/75/15 on my 60 Lark with Studebaker wheels. I can turn the streeing wheel lock to lock without any rubbing.

08-17-2011, 12:32 AM
Here is a different slant. I'm running 235 x 60 x 15's on my 59 Lark. They have the same diameter as some of the factory equipped tires and I have 7" wide Centerline wheels with a 4" back spacing. If the suspension is not tight and as good, if not better, as new the tires will rub the inner rear and the front lip. I have sway bars front and rear and new Moog CC655 up front with an added leaf in the rear. Shocks are new standard gas up front and Plymouth Fury police shocks in the rear. I can beat the crap out of the car and not have a problem with tire rub. Nothing touches in front and because of not much lean in corners the rear does not rub either. I'm running a 4.10 rear, OD trans and an OHV six. It's good for 80mph at 2800-3000 rpm and will sit there all day. I can top over 100mph but I don't know if the speedometer is that accurate. If you have an eight cylinder you could even go with a 3.31 rear and have a nice cruiser. tires will only get you so far. A gear change is what would work better for slowing the engine down. I had a 64 with a 259 and a 4 speed and 3.31 rear and always felt it needed an overdrive. 60mph in top gear at 3000 rpm is just not efficient. Drop it down to 2500 or less and it's just cruising. Your third should be 1 to 1 so with a 3.32 that could be driven at 60 mph at 3000. Let the overdrive kick in and drop the rpm down to 2200 rpm. You will still have some torque available to move around through traffic. Getting up in speed a bit to 75mph and it's right at home. It all depends what your aiming for. I have used 225 x 70 x 15's on the rear of the 64 with the 3.31 to gain more top end and drop the rpm and it still did not drop the rpm down enough. So good luck with the 3.9. Oh yes, the original question... I think the tires I had on the 64 were before I went bigger at the back were 215 x 75 x 15 Pirellis and they did rub on the front until I put HD springs in. The 60 Lark has less room at the rear because of the wheel opening.