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  • Rafe Hollister
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    Here is my 56.

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  • Rafe Hollister
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    I just bought a 56 PowerHawk so not sure its relevant. But has 205/75/15 tires on 7" wheels with 4" backspace on front. 235/70/15 on same wheels in back. But the car appears to me to have been raised a bit. I've driven it 300 miles now, it has HD front sway bar and another in back, so it likes to go around corners fast. There seem to be no clearance problems. It has a Dana44 third member, not sure that is stock, so hmmm...?
    Last edited by Rafe Hollister; 04-10-2021, 06:24 PM. Reason: putting up better pix

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  • bensherb
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    In the two pics above the black walls look good on the black car; not so much on the champagne colored car. Car color makes a LOT of difference. Actually, all the trim pretty much disappears on the champagne car.
    Last edited by bensherb; 04-10-2021, 12:30 AM.

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  • Videoranger
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    I was all set to go with white walls and then came this picture. I decided to go with the Rocket Igniter 15X6 with 215/70/15 Nexen N'Priz AH5 black wall tires. From the info I've gathered they should fit just right and look very cool Click image for larger version

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  • bensherb
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    Originally posted by Videoranger View Post
    I do like the thin whites on the GT.
    I agree!! It's too bad 17" tires don't come in white walls.

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  • Videoranger
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    When you have a car that looks as good as yours, buy the baby some nice shoes! The wheels will still look nice long after the $$$ is gone. Plus you need holes in the wheels to cool the brakes. I do like the thin whites on the GT.
    great wheel pics on this site:
    https://line.17qq.com/articles/fbjdbiddz.html

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  • Andy R.
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    The Real Rodders 7011 15x6 (photoshopped) are on my wish list...
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    I worry the next availability might be the last so will probably bite the bullet.

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  • Videoranger
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    Went to Rocket wheels web site and they have a car specific wheel visualizer. They actually have Studebaker listed as a choice and the 62 Hawk is the only Stude available for this wheel preview. How cool is that! I emailed their customer service to inquire about fitment for my Hawk and they confirmed the wheels would work. Of course I'll have to get the spinners.

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  • Videoranger
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ID:	1887021 photoshop mock up of my 62 GT with Rocket Igniter 15X6 with 3.5" backspace. I really like the look and thinking they should work with 205/75/15 white walls.

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  • bensherb
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    I don't think you'll have a problem with 6" zero offset wheels. I currently have 17" x 7 1/2" wheels with 3 1/4" backspace, (4 1/4" on fender/outside; 235-55-17 tires) on my '62 GT and they fit fine. There is more front fender clearance, about 1.5" than rear, around 3/4" , but as long as your rear spring and shackle bushings are good and tight , so the rear end doesn't wallow side to side it shouldn't be an issue. I previously had 15"x 6 1/2", 3 3/4" back space Ford wheels with 215-70-15 tires and they fit absolutely PERFECT! They are now on my dad's '53 coupe.

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  • Mark Plucenik
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    These are the wheels on my GT . R23-566535 15x6" Rocket racing . Directly after the install I had the front end aligned , no issues. Also, look up on the forum " rose mist GT". about 3 months ago. His photos show the wheels on his GT Click image for larger version

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  • sweetolbob
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    Originally posted by StudeRich View Post

    OK, 15X6, But WHAT was their Backset? Isn't it supposed to be around 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 Inches to clear Suspension, Tie Rods and Stabilizer Bar?
    That's the right question. You can go through a lot of measuring but the best way I've found it to take your old wheel, mock up the new wheel/tire dimensions on it with cardboard and tape to see if there is sufficient clearance.

    Generally the fronts will take 3 1/2" BS and the rears 4 1/2" but there can be differences with rim diameter and tire size.

    Bob
    Last edited by sweetolbob; 03-21-2021, 04:39 AM.

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  • GrumpyOne
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    I was considering these for my '55 President sedan without disk brakes...

    https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Speed...-BS,54996.html

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  • Mark Plucenik
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    Backset on these wheels is 3 1/2"

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  • StudeRich
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    Originally posted by Mark Plucenik View Post
    I just put 4 new Rocket Wheels on my 64 GT. It does have the factory disc brakes up front. I used Uniroyal Tiger paw 215/ 70 /R15 tires. Everything fit up fine. Rocket Wheel #
    R23-566535 15x6"
    OK, 15X6, But WHAT was their Backset? Isn't it supposed to be around 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 Inches to clear Suspension, Tie Rods and Stabilizer Bar?

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