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03-15-2016, 05:00 PM
I need to know the following if possible

1. proper original tire size/conversion to today's radials

2. whitewall width

3. color code for the cream/white wheel

4. color code for the Bordeaux Red body color

Thanks in advance!

Dwight FitzSimons
03-15-2016, 07:05 PM
From my limited knowledge:
1) Original 670/15 bias ply, modern 215/75R15 radials (wider than the originals, but about the same diameter). Note that the original 4.5"-wide rims are too narrow even for a 205/75R15 tire, let alone a 215.
2) About 1"
3) The easiest way to paint wheels is to buy either spray cans or a quart can of the off-white wheel paint from Studebaker International.
4) I don't know this one. The mixers used in the original alkyd enamel aren't all available today, so one can't have the exact original paint color mixed. Usually, people pick a modern polyurethane paint color that matches and go with that. There are Stude fans who have already gone thru the books and picked the closest match in a modern paint, and I'm sure one of them will chime in with that info.
-Dwight FitzSimons
'64 Hawk R1 (Bordeaux Red), '64 Hawk (Astra White)

52 Ragtop
03-15-2016, 09:37 PM
Paint Code is P-6418
Ditzler number 71418
RM number 64S51R

I don't have any DuPont numbers for 1964. I do have "most" of the paint chips from 1936-1965


03-15-2016, 11:24 PM
Bordeaux Red in DuPont Centari.
First time I did it (spring of 1991) it was a fleet color for England Trucking (remember their dark red over the road tractors?).
Second time (I was doing a repair in August 2005) it was a Ford color.
Both times the same recipe, #97095A H

03-16-2016, 07:19 AM
:) As usual, Joe, the same recommendation: P195/75R15 if you have 4.5" wide wheels. P205/75R15 if you have 5" wheels.

The circumference of either will vary by brand, often quite a bit. The Coker Tire catalog, available on line, has all the information you'd ever need about both varieties, stock and radial. :cool: BP