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    Can anyone tell me what wheels will fit a 62 GT Hawk ? I want to install chrome rims on her and would like to tell tire shop what wheels would fit without getting involved with ofsets and spacings.
    Is this to easy or do you have to measure.

    Thanks Dan



    62 GT Hawk

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    Unless you go with a very narrow wheel, you will need a custom offset. I have generic 15x5s with a 5x4.5 bolt pattern on the front of my Hawk that fit just fine if you only want to run a 205/70 tire. I have 15x8s on the back with 255/60s, but I had to measure everything and order a custom offset wheel.
    David

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by danweb

      Can anyone tell me what wheels will fit a 62 GT Hawk ? I want to install chrome rims on her and would like to tell tire shop what wheels would fit without getting involved with ofsets and spacings.
      Is this to easy or do you have to measure.

      Thanks Dan



      62 GT Hawk
      It depends . If you just want chrome rims to replace your stock ones and the car is at stock height with stock size tires, just get chrome duplicates of the stock wheels. IIRC they were 5 1/2" x 15" with 3" backspacing.

      If you want wider wheels or wheels with a different offset than stock, and/or if the ride height has been (or will be changed), and/or if you will change to a non stock tire size, then all bets are off. You will have to measure and probably try some actual wheel/tire combinations on the car (front and rear...full lock on the steering...full compression of the springs).



      Dick Steinkamp
      Bellingham, WA

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      • #4
        Was there a car at a show that had some wheels sorta like what you wanted?
        Have you seen some wheels that you just have to have?

        I'd suggest looking at what's already been done, and talk to the owners of those cars. They may be able to help you get the info you're after. Keep in mind that if their car sits differently then yours that needs to be taken into account...


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        • #5

          I just bought a set of the NWRA 40273 F**D style rims for my 64 GT Hawk. The fit very nicely under the fender, clear the Disk brakes and are 15 X 6". ( You have to get the larger lugnuts also) The would certainly be compatible with chrome trim rings and even the dog dish Moon style center caps. Ask around at your NAPA store, they might be able to get them. If not, look in the back of your last issue of Turning Wheels.
          64 GT Hawk (K7)
          1970 Avanti (R3)

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          • #6
            Eh ! Sorry, I thought you wrote "chrome rings"...
            64 GT Hawk (K7)
            1970 Avanti (R3)

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            • #7
              If you have the money you can fit ANY size wheel you want on the car.
              But, chances are your last name isnt 'Gates'. As mentioned you need
              to get an idea of WHAT you want, and then see if they will fit. As a
              rule of thumb, pretty much anything that will fit an early Mustang is
              possible to fit a Stude, though there are exceptions! Always measure
              and check throughout the travel of the suspension. In the rear, keep
              in mind that the leaf springs allow the axle to move side to side, so
              just because it clears at rest, wont mean it clears on a turn!

              These might help get you started :

              http://patriot.net/~jonroq/Text/wheelbackspace.txt

              http://patriot.net/~jonroq/rjtechx.html#Wheels

              Tom

              '63 Avanti, zinc plated drilled & slotted 03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, soon: 97 Z28 T-56 6-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves, 'R3' 276 cam, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires
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