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  • Wheels / Tires: 6” wide wheels that will work with Lark hubcaps - Any ideas?

    I’d like to run the stock dog bowl hubcaps on my ‘63 Lark, but I’m not a fan of the stock 4.5” wide wheels. I want new 6” wide wheels.

    Anyone have a potential solution?

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    Matt, I just picked up these Ranger wheels for free and they have holes which I think can be used to attach the stock poverty cap clips. I've always liked that look.

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    • #3
      Hey Matt....I bought new wheels from Vintages for my Wagonaire and used VW spring clips to hold the dog dish caps in place.

      https://vwparts.aircooled.net/Hubcap...11-698-131.htm

      Not sure if these were the ones I used....they have several styles available
      Bill Foy
      1000 Islands, Ontario
      1953 Starlight Coupe

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      • #4
        All my Studes are running '54-'56 Packard Clipper wheels. They are 5.5" wide and accept the bottlecaps.

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        • #5
          The spring clips may be the easiest way to go. Thanks Bill.

          Ross.. I have no idea where to source a set of ‘55 Packard wheels. But my preference would be new manufacture. I gave up on trying to deal with old wheels that are almost always rusty, bent, cracked, etc.

          Long ago, someone told me there was a wheel manufacturer on the west coast that would take the center out of an old wheel and install it into a new rim. Can’t remember the name of the place, though.
          Last edited by mbstude; 07-09-2021, 03:33 AM.

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          • #6
            Found it! “Wheel widening”:

            http://www.stocktonwheel.com/powder_coat.html

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            • #7
              Looks like a great service, (wheel widening). I have a few good artillery style wheels that have the wrong centers. Looks like they could make them in to whatever I want.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tsenecal View Post
                Looks like a great service, (wheel widening). I have a few good artillery style wheels that have the wrong centers. Looks like they could make them in to whatever I want.
                Yes, No, Maybe. Stockton Wheel has been around forever and does good work, but has gone through ups/downs/ins/outs. Sometimes they answer the phone; sometimes they don't. Sometimes they're taking on custom builds; sometimes they aren't. The one sure and certain is their prices will be higher than the last time they did the same work.

                jack vines

                P.S. - every time the discussion of custom built wheels comes up, an owner of a '49-'56 E11-12 thinks about having a one-piece rim welded to the original centers so he can have tubeless tires mounted at the corner tire shop.

                The 16" drop-center rim is much smaller ID than the two-piece rim. The OEM centers will have to be cut down so much to mate with the drop center rim. the result no longer resembles the original. Doesn't bother some people.

                jv - forty years still running the two-piece wheels.
                Last edited by PackardV8; 07-09-2021, 10:26 AM.
                PackardV8

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                • #9
                  If Stockton Wheel, doesn't work out, you might try Pete Paulsen motorsports, in French Camp, Ca. I had wheels done by both years ago, they're both local to me. Stockton wheel is about 26 miles away, six miles further than Paulsen.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bensherb View Post
                    If Stockton Wheel, doesn't work out, you might try Pete Paulsen motorsports, in French Camp, Ca. I had wheels done by both years ago, they're both local to me. Stockton wheel is about 26 miles away, six miles further than Paulsen.
                    Thanks, I’ll look into it.

                    Stockton didn’t answer the phone yesterday (tried multiple times throughout the day) and I’m finding a lot more negative reviews online than positive.

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                    • #11
                      Matt
                      I don't know a thing about these guys but you might look into them.

                      https://weldcraftwheels.com/

                      Bob

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                      • #12
                        The previous owner of my E-12 had new rims put on the original centers. I think there are a lot of places that will do this kind of work. Just check around. Wasn't cheap, but it's done. Many (most? ) like the original 3/4 ton wheels, but I would prefer hubcaps.

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                        EDIT: I just checked the web address. They no longer own it.
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