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  • #16
    There's always the option of cutting the center out of a 44 year old Studebaker wheel and welding it into a 6,7,or 8" outer rim. It would look good in a static display, (light green 64 R-2 Commander 2dr post at South Bend) or maybe casual driving, but I wouldn't trust them in hard serious driving or competition. Just putting radials on original wheels cause them to crack.[B)] Just my 2 cents worth.

    Dan Miller
    Atlanta, GA

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    • #17
      Why couldn't you cut slots in a chrysler wheel to use the early style hubcap clips? If I didn't have other stuff to work on I think I'd try it myself. I think 53-55 dog dishes, trim rings, and MoPar police wheels would be a good look

      One thing you can do is run baby moons and trim rings on Chrysler wheels, Mr. Gasket sells the baby moons for cheap. got 'em on my car and the chrome looks pretty decent for cheap offshore stuff. That way people don't look at your car and think "hey, those are Chrysler hubcaps..." They were stupid cheap, see here:

      http://www.jegs.com/i/Mr.+Gasket/720/4581/10002/-1

      I think I got mine on fleaBay for cheaper

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      • #18
        Nate,

        The cop hubcaps with the holes in them and no name also look kinda' neet. They're hard to find in decent shape any more. I've got a NOS set to go with the cop wheels on a 63 R-1 Cruiser I'm workin' on for later down the road. The Stude wheel centers I was refering to would use the later 63-64 type small hub cap.

        Dan Miller
        Atlanta, GA

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        • #19
          FWIW, back in the bad old days when there were still a few stock parts in NASCAR, we cut the center out of one wheel and welded it to the outside of another complete wheel. This doubled the strength of the center section and kept them from breaking under racing loads. It might be easier to weld Stude centers on the outside of the FoMoCo/MoPar wheels than trying to cut slots and add clips.

          thnx, jack vines

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          • #20
            quote:Originally posted by ROADRACELARK

            Nate,

            The cop hubcaps with the holes in them and no name also look kinda' neet. They're hard to find in decent shape any more. I've got a NOS set to go with the cop wheels on a 63 R-1 Cruiser I'm workin' on for later down the road. The Stude wheel centers I was refering to would use the later 63-64 type small hub cap.

            Dan Miller
            Atlanta, GA

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            Dan,

            I obtained a set of caps just like you describe, but without the holes - I've still got three of 'em there must have been some variation in the size of the nubs on the wheels, because they fit well on two but not well at all on the other two. The baby moons seem to have a little more give to them, they're still on. Plus I prefer that look anyway so it all works out.

            I'd ditch the whole mess for a set of kidney-bean Halibrands though... I personally think that my car would look just great with a set of big fatty kidney beans with maybe some repro Goodyear Blue Streaks (are those even made?) or Michelin X Radials, but I'm still working on the "go" not the "show"

            nate

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            • #21
              Shoot! Nate, that combo you're refering to would cost more than my whole rig's worth!![:0] I'll just stick wilth my "steelies" and hunt for some new speed rated tires....or better yet some take-offs from some of my vintage racing buddies. I originally started off with some Firestone Super 125 Police Persuit Radials. They were good until they wore out. Next came the Goodyear Eagle GT's, 225-70-HR15's. They were ok but a hard compound. You really had to get'em hot to stick, but then after a few laps they'd start to get "greasy".
              That's when it got fun. Well the search goes on.

              Dan (Slippin'ana Slidin') Miller[}]
              Atlanta, GA

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              • #22
                Dang, I wanted dog dishes on my 59 Lark with better wheels, and I've heard so much about how weak the stock wheels are...

                Guess I'll just have to take a chance on stockers[V]

                Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
                Parish, central NY 13131

                "With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that parking is a pleasure, traffic is a breeze, turning's no trick at all, and happiness is a thing called Larking!"



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                • #23
                  Bob,

                  Most all of the rear drive Chrysler cars up through 1990, (last year for Mopar rear drive cars) will carry a 15X6 or 15X6&1/2. I have a set of the 6&1/2s, 7" and 8's. The 63/64 dog-dishs won't fit on any. The small holes between the stud holes are to attach a chrome center cap on some models. On my last inquirey, none of these wheels are avaible new through the aftermarket....diacontinued, along with the X40273 15X6 Ford wheel. Clean the whole wheel you have and look real closely for any kind of letters/numbers stamped, mabe a Mopar part #, or a manufacturer's ID stamp...ie KH,(Kelsey-Hayes) and part# or even the Mopar penstar symbol. Also check around the lug stud hole area. Hope some of this helps.

                  Dan Miller
                  Atlanta, GA

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                  • #24
                    How'd that happen![?][?][?]

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                    • #25
                      Today I was out in messing with my Wagonaire. I had a wheel that I tried on the disc brake front. It fit, no clearance problems, and the dog-dish fit; and it is a 15".

                      It appears to me to be from a mid to late 60s B-body MoPar- Dodge Coronet/Plymouth Satellite. It has a tire on it, and it's on the car, so I can't say what the width or back spacing is, but it appears to be 6" width.

                      They were all black as I remember. Distinguishing characteristic is what looks to be one 1/2" hole drilled between two stud holes.

                      Definitely bears further research; might be the Holy Grail for those of us who wanted better-quality, stock-appearing wheels that will take dog dish caps <<fingers crossed>>

                      Anyone have one of these cars they can grab a wheel from and verify?

                      Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
                      Parish, central NY 13131

                      "With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that parking is a pleasure, traffic is a breeze, turning's no trick at all, and happiness is a thing called Larking!"



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