View Full Version : Has anyone ever put aftermarket wheels on a 56 sedan?

03-14-2014, 03:59 PM
I am thinking to putting after market wheels/tires on my newly aquired 56 president. Is there anyone out there that has a picture/ ideas of some that might work?

03-14-2014, 05:42 PM
Why not google "1956 Studebaker sedan" & look at images, there might be a picture there.
Good idea, by the way!

03-14-2014, 05:54 PM
Well there is always this method! :D I think I would like it better than Mags if it had some bottle Cap Hub Caps on it.
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03-14-2014, 06:05 PM
Though not a '56, the body is basically the same~


'Baby' sits on 15x5 smoothies from Wheel Vintiques. http://www.wheelvintiques.com/
They were not my first choice, but worked in a pinch when the 15x6 'Gennies' were found to be too wide for my car/tire combo. The tires are 215/70-15 Touring T/As from BF Goodrich. Wider wheels may one day return to this ride, but only after I deal with the prior repairs made in the right rear corner... :yeahright:

StudeDave '57 :cool:

03-15-2014, 04:03 AM
When I purchased my 56 President, it had 185x15 radials on the original steels and they just looked too small. As luck would have it, I found a local guy with a set of 72 Plymouth Fury chromed steel wheels for sale, fitted with 235/75x15 thin whitewalls. The ole Stude looked (IMHO) awesome with them. They are a little larger in diameter than the 7.10x15 bias plies that came as standard in 56 and a lot wider. There was a fouling issue on the front fenders at full lock, so I downsized the fronts to 225/75x15. There is now just an occasional rub when turning fully loaded. I really like the appearance as the wheel arches look properly filled. I can't work out how to reduce the size of my photos for the forum, so I will PM some to you Bubbastude. I hope the pics will help with your decision. Good luck. Ian

03-15-2014, 06:25 AM
Get a set of alloys as in Ford Crown Vic/Ltd, Merc Marquis, Lincoln, rear wheel drive {1990's} 15 x 6 1/2 inch wide and 4.20 inch backspace along with P 215 75 15 inch thin whites. You should be able to locate a set on e bay or the boneyard. I wouldn't pay over 200 for the set. Not that the aren't worth more but there are a lot of them out there. They will look/fit good on your car. Or a steel wheel 15 x6 or 6 1/2 with a set of spoked hubcaps. Olds, Chrysler New Yorker/Fifth Ave,Chebby, Pontiac,Ford product. The Cadillac spokes will not fit anything but Cadu wheels. Stay away from the muscle car type wheels and white letters. cheers jimmijim My opinion only, I also think that these cars look quite good with the Stude full wheel discs with the 15 x 6/6 1/2 inch Chrysler or Ford steel wheel. .