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White wall tire size for 64gt

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  • Wheels / Tires: White wall tire size for 64gt

    What is the correct or best white wall tire for a 64 hawk. As close to factory as possible. Possibly from Coker tires. Anyone have any recommendations?
    hunter stanley

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    I think the correct 1" whitewall 205-75 15 will fit if you have at least a 5" rim. In my experience most tire shops will not mount on anything smaller like a 4.5" Coker has an American Classic radial that will work, but they are pricey. The 1" whitewall width is a pretty common tire. I use Hankook.
    Last edited by abkco; 10-11-2020, 03:27 PM.

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    • #3
      I’ll have to get some rims too I don’t have the factory wheels. Thank you.
      hunter stanley

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      • #4
        I had 215-70 -15 tires on my GT, mounted on 6.5" wide '93 Ford Crown Victoria wheels. They fit the car perfect. I agree, the 1" white wall looks best on the GT.
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        • #5
          https://dbtires.com/
          https://www.wheelvintiques.com/

          Note: If buying new wheels....have them balanced before installing the tires, most sellers will not honor returning the wheels if they have been painted or tires mounted.
          Bill Foy
          1000 Islands, Ontario
          1953 Starlight Coupe

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          • #6
            Diamond Back / dbtires.com. Much better reviews than Coker. Hankook tires are good too, don't let the name scare you.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bensherb View Post
              I had 215-70 -15 tires on my GT, mounted on 6.5" wide '93 Ford Crown Victoria wheels. They fit the car perfect. I agree, the 1" white wall looks best on the GT.
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              1963and 1964 (the car in question) Hawks had approximately a one inch wide stripe away from the rim. 1962 Hawks, as the one pictured, originally had a somewhat wide whitewall starting at the rim.
              Gary L.
              Wappinger, NY

              SDC member since 1968
              Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 50Ragtop View Post
                Diamond Back / dbtires.com. Much better reviews than Coker. Hankook tires are good too, don't let the name scare you.
                Just had a post in the last month about tires. Definitely a subject that just depends on the luck you have had. I have nothing but great results with Coker tires and have purchased several sets in the last couple of years.
                Mike
                Fort Worth, TX


                1964 Avanti R2 #R-4986

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                • #9
                  Original white wall tires on a '64 Hawk would have looked something like these Firestones.

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                  • #10
                    I recently received & had mounted all new tires from Diamondback. Both my 64 Avanti R2 & Hawk 64; full performance package, started with 2 complete sets; 10 tires , for both cars. The whitewalls could NOT be cleaned upon removing the blue paint. The white walls were either brown or yellowish. Then we switched to Cooper tires; also 10 tires, and went through 2 complete changes as the whitewall stayed brownish. So between Firestone Tiger Paw and Cooper tires, my tire dealer ordered and returned 40 tires. I wanted matching spares, so 40 changes.
                    I am very very happy with the Diamondback tires.
                    Mark

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                    • #11
                      Hunter, I sent you a PM

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