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  • Wheels / Tires: I found a cheap wheel that will fit a 50 4-lug! (well sort of)

    I've been doing a lot of searching to find a wheel to fit my 50 Champion, and there seems to be much confusion about what will work. It has 4 in spacing, which kind of hard to find unless you're looking at trailer wheels I happened to have 90 14 in Honda Civic wheel that I had lying around, and it works! Mind ypu it's not perfect, the Civic wheel has a 100 mm spacing which converts to 3.937 inches but it should work for a spare or to roll the car and no way for regular driving!!!! These wheels can be found on Civics (later models came with 4.5 in), VWs , and Miatas. Just a though use them at your own risk!!!!
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    There were also 4 lug wheels on some of the smaller engine Ford Fairmont cars from the late 70's. Probably not a lot of them in the bone yards, though.
    RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

    17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
    10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
    10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
    4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
    5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
    56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
    60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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    • #3
      Originally posted by RadioRoy View Post
      There were also 4 lug wheels on some of the smaller engine Ford Fairmont cars from the late 70's. Probably not a lot of them in the bone yards, though.
      Those wheels are 108m (4 1/4") bolt circle Roy. Same as the Pinto and Mustang II. The earlier Mustang, Falcon and Maverick had a 4 1/2" bolt circle, same as Datsun. I believe you 're looking for a 4x4" pattern? It was common to CROSLEY, AUSTIN HEALEY, JENSEN-HEALY and MG. Kawasaki and Polaris also use it on their off road vehicles.

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      • #4
        That's interesting. Maybe I was thinking about Nash Rambler replacement wheels, that are the same as some early Jeeps.
        Last edited by RadioRoy; 12-02-2020, 05:52 PM.
        RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

        17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
        10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
        10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
        4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
        5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
        56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
        60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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        • #5
          Don't front wheel drive vehicles have a different offset? A quick check list Jensen Healy and Sprite, but maybe not 14"

          https://www.roadkillcustoms.com/whee...4x4.00-inches/
          Last edited by Topper2011; 12-02-2020, 05:42 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Topper2011 View Post
            Don't front wheel drive vehicles have a different offset? A quick check list Jensen Healy and Sprite, but maybe not 14"

            https://www.roadkillcustoms.com/whee...4x4.00-inches/
            Yes, FWD cars have a positive offset (centerline of rim is inboard of the mounting plane at the hub).

            Best example are those goofy Toronado rims....

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NCDave51 View Post

              Yes, FWD cars have a positive offset (centerline of rim is inboard of the mounting plane at the hub).

              Best example are those goofy Toronado rims....

              Every time I see either the Toronado rims or VW Bug rims, I think of my days in a gas station using a Coats 10-10 machine with the special adaptors for them. Flip it one way, it's for VW, the other way, Toronado. The Coats 10-10 was not kind to Cragar mags though. DAMHIK.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Topper2011 View Post
                Don't front wheel drive vehicles have a different offset? A quick check list Jensen Healy and Sprite, but maybe not 14"

                https://www.roadkillcustoms.com/whee...4x4.00-inches/
                Yes, but they very, the Honda wheels is not too much, so it works fine.

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                • #9
                  Topper, the first Cragar mags I ever had were some I got from a gas station that had a big chip out of the center where they had broke them on their tire changing machine. They were really cheap & I figured I could over look the chunk missing from the center until I could afford better wheels.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mike Sal View Post
                    Topper, the first Cragar mags I ever had were some I got from a gas station that had a big chip out of the center where they had broke them on their tire changing machine. They were really cheap & I figured I could over look the chunk missing from the center until I could afford better wheels.
                    Mike, that's exactly what happened.

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