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  • Front Axle / Front Suspension: 55 C-body wheels

    Want to keep my hubcaps }on my 5 or 5.5 inch wide wheels} but have been told it would be better to get wider wheels since I run radial tires. Can my old ones be made wider and be able to accomodate front disc brskes? I suppose Turner is the way to go for simplicity...?

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    I used 6"x 15" wide 1993-2010 ford ranger/explorer steel wheels on my 55 President 4 Door Sedan. The wheels have 8 oval slanted holes on the center.
    215/75/15 radials.
    The hubcaps fit like stock. I use a thin layer of marine GOOP or a layer of 90 MPH tape on the wheel to stop the hubcap from drifting and damaging the valve stem.
    That's a common problem with even stock wheels.
    Only tire rub I've had is in a tight turn pulling off or on the road from a weird slope. Suspension tweeked almost to the limit. In otherwords practically never.

    USE THE FORD LUGNUTS, THE ANGLE ON THE WHEEL IS DIFFERENT THAN THE STUDE WHEEL.
    South Lompoc Studebaker

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    • #3
      I've been running P215-75R-15 tires on my 51-56 rims for years with no problems.

      Those tires are the same diameter as the 710-15 bias ply tires that came on those V-8 cars.
      RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.


      10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
      4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
      5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon

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      • #4
        There are at least fifty previous threads about using later/wider Ford/Mopar wheels on your Stude and about why the stock wheels are too weak to bother modifying. Try some searches.

        jack vines
        PackardV8

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        • #5
          Went to the U-Pick-It yard today to find some Ranger Wheels for my CK.
          Don't this just suck.

          Bill
          http://www.rustyrestorations.org/index.php
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          • #6
            I have 1970 Ford Galaxie disk brake wheels. Fit perfect, look right and hold the full wheel covers just fine. Use the Ford lugnuts. They are 15 X 6.

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