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Modern Tires for 1961 Hawk

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  • Modern Tires for 1961 Hawk

    The 1961 Hawk's original tires and treads look OK but getting leary of driving on them. Owner's manual recommends 6.70 x 15 but dealers tell me this size now available only in truck tire, no whitewalls. Can anyone suggest a safe alternative?

  • #2
    The usual recommendation is a 195/75R15; if you have 5" wide rims you can kick that up to a 205/75R15. If you have the 4.5" wide rims but want some wider meats under the car I believe the usual recommendation is to get some wheels from a base model Ranger, forget which years, but there's a guy that sells 'em new that has an ad in TW. Those wheels are 6" wide and you might be able to get away with 215s or 225s on those.


    55 Commander Starlight
    62 Daytona hardtop
    55 Commander Starlight


    • #3
      Hi Coker tire can/should hook you up

      My Studes:
      1.1947 Commander 14A-C3
      2.1948 Champion 2 door sedan (parts car)
      3.1948 Champion 2 door sedan
      4.1950 Champion 2 door sedan
      5.1959 Lark 2 door post
      6.1964 Stude challenger 2 door


      • #4
        Yes, Coker has tires but they ain't cheap. Try $150 or so ea. plus shipping. Can't remember 61 but my Mom had a '63 GT with thin whitewalls. Almost all the bargain basement radial tires in a 205/75-15 have thin whitewalls. I put 4 on my 57 Hawk with custom wheels for about $200 out the door and they look great to me. Of course, it is your car, so put on what you can afford.


        • #5
          The F*rd wheel N8 spoke of is the NWRA(National Wheel and Rim Association) # X40273 Base wheel for 4x4 Rangers and Bronco II's, its a 15x6 5 on 4 1/2 bolt pattern.

          You can use the original lugnuts with this particular wheel.
          I paid $36 ea at a local Tire and Rim Service.


          • #6
            Many thanks to all respondents