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  • Dick Steinkamp
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    quote:Originally posted by N8N

    Where do you find 6" wide 15" alloys?
    I found mine at swap meets...



    1960's Crestlines. It is even tough to find 15 x 6 alloys used, however...in the 60's, everybody wanted 14" wheels.


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  • N8N
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    Where do you find 6" wide 15" alloys? I don't seem to be able to find them. The 7" ones are all zero offset that I see.

    I'm currently running 15x7" MoPar cop car wheels and they're darn near perfect for a C-K. I just got in the mail yesterday some baby moon hubcaps, if they work I think I will just run those with some trim rings (don't want to use the stock hubcaps, I like the cooling holes.)

    nate

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    55 Commander Starlight
    http://members.cox.net/njnagel

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  • stuvw2mny
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    Even 205 Radials are too wide for a 4.5" rim! Unless you are an authenticity phreak at least find a set of Stude 5" wheels (they were standard on my 56 President)for any 205R or 215R tire.

    If safety and comfortable ride are more important find a set of Kelsey-Hayes 5-1/2" wheels that were commonly used on many Fords and Chryslers. They can be obtained with very nearly the same offset as Stude wheels. Pay attention to the lug nut whole size. As I remember Ford used 1/2" wheel studs and Studes and Chryslers used 7/16" studs.

    Where? The high priced ones from a tire dealer. Much cheaper ones from a junk yard. Inspect them and have them checked for roundness - both the dealer-obtained ones & the junkyard ones! If you have to buy 6 from a junkyard or swap meet to get 4 "perfect" ones it's probably cheaper and you'll have a spare wheel from the next best one. I used to get 6 wheels so I could mount up a pair of snow tires for winter use, but Studes are seldom driven in winter conditions anymore.

    My favorite Stude tire for V8 cars is the 215/75R15 on the K-H 5-1/2" wheel or 6" alloy wheels. I have never (in 47 years) had a clearance problem with this size tire and wheel on any Hawk. I will be trying them very shortly on a 1960 Lark V8. Right now I am testing a pair of 225/75R15 tires on the 5-1/2" K-H wheels on the rear of my 62GT Hawk. No clearance problems! Nice ride! and it lowers my highway rpm's a little bit.

    I also have 3 different sets of 6" wide alloy wheels, including some antique? Fentons and Shelbys. I never have had a clearance problem with them on Studes. Since there are hundreds of different models I am sure you can find some with clearance problems. If so, find another model! One Stude user went to air shocks to jack up the rear of his Hawk to avoid rubbing "his" wheels. That is not a solution I would take, but. . . . Forget 7" wide alloy wheels - clearance problems are almost certain, unless you . . . . My experience is that the wilder you get with wheels the more problems you create for yourself.

    Another solution if authenticity is so important is to get 2 sets of wheels and tires- one set of radials on wider wheels to drive your Studebaker Driver Club car and one set of "authentic" 4 or 4.5 inch wheels with authentic bias ply tires for the damn judging contests (Ask me how I really feel about those).

    Finally 2 safety items - get the bigger lug nuts that go with the "new" wheels. They are 1/16" wider that the Stude nuts - 13/16" I believe whereas Stude nuts are 3/4" (12/16"). The wider nuts may even be a benefit for older Stude wheels whose lug nut holes are a little worn. Pay attention to your wheels! Do not depend on some tire-changing jockey who may not have completed high school!

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  • N8N
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    I'm thinking a 215 might be a little wide for a 4.5" wheel, but not for a 5" wheel. I don't recall what a '60 would use...

    nate

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    55 Commander Starlight
    http://members.cox.net/njnagel

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  • 60studehawk
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    Thanks for everyones help


    Jeff Sheaffer
    60 Hawk

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  • 64V-K7
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    The 205/75R15 tires have an 8.3" tread, sidewall is 6.2" and diameter is 27.5

    The 215/75R15 has a. 8.7" tread, sidewall is 6.5" and diameter is 28.05"
    The 215 is probably closer to the original diameter, so your speedo won't be off too much.

    I put 205's on a 55 Sedan and compared to the original 7.10/15 tire, the speedo is off by 5mph@60. No problems on any clearances. I've put 215's on an Avanti without a problem

    Bob Johnstone

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  • 60studehawk
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    I just called Universal tire and they said I need 215/75R15 tires for the Hawk. Is there any rubbing problems with this size tire?
    http://www.universaltire.com/cart.ph...ategory_id=354

    Jeff Sheaffer
    60 Hawk

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  • blackhawk61
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    quote:Originally posted by 60studehawk

    Has anyone ever used these tires? DIMENSION IV ANTIQUE TIRE
    They seem cheap and was wondering if they are any good.

    Jeff Sheaffer
    60 Hawk
    This is one You need in that brand.(Coker)
    P205/75R15 American Classic 2 3/8 Whitewall
    SKU: 530350



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    Our price: $169.00

    1961 Hawk 4BC,4-SPEED,TT

    Lewisville,NC
    (formerly chevpartsman)

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  • Dick Steinkamp
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    These?...

    http://store.coker.com/product.php?p...1&cat=0&page=1

    I just put a set on my '63 Hawk. I don't have many miles on them yet, but they are quiet, smooth, good handling so far.

    They wouldn't be the correct white wall for your '60, however.




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  • 60studehawk
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    Radial tires for my Hawk

    Has anyone ever used these tires? DIMENSION IV ANTIQUE TIRE
    They seem cheap and was wondering if they are any good.

    Jeff Sheaffer
    60 Hawk
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