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  • Wheels / Tires: Rim specs for Flight Hawk

    I know this info must be somewhere in the forum but darned if I can find it. I'm looking for wheel specs for my Flight Hawk as far as width, which I think is 4 1/2", but also offset and backspacing. I have a bit of runout in 1 spot on one of my wheels which is causing symptoms similar to an out of balance situation. Tires were rechecked for balance and a small bit of runout was found, about 3/16", all in one spot. Unless I can find someone around here who does rim repair I'll need to find a replacement but 4 1/2" width is darn hard to find. I think I've seen something about some Chrysler rims from the 80's being recommended? I'd actually like to go to a custom rim on all 4 some day but can't find anything less than 6" and that would require also a tire change. With only 1500 miles on the current ones, that's not gonna happen.

  • #2
    The wheel is 5" wide. Studebaker didn't go to 4.5" until 1959.

    Your car should be a 56, since that is the only year they made flight Hawks.
    RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

    17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
    10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
    10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
    4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
    5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
    56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
    60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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    • #3
      What Roy says is correct. So that means that there are a lot of Studes. out there that ARE using or used to be using this 5 on 4 1/2" Pattern 5X15" wheel with the 3 rectangular holes for the small Hub Cap CLIPS.
      That is; ALL '51 to '57 Studebakers.
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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      • #4
        1955-1958 Chassis Parts Catalog
        1402 Wheels, Hubs and Drums
        Illust # 1402-1
        Wheel size, 15"x4.50
        57G [after serial #1,388,191]
        57B [after serial #8,464,827]
        57H [after serial #7,200,122]
        58G, 58B, 58H
        Canada used them in 57 and 58.
        South Lompoc Studebaker

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        • #5
          Interesting. I did not know that 4.5" wheels started in late 57. Should have looked in the book.
          RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

          17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
          10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
          10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
          4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
          5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
          56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
          60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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          • #6
            Thanks for the help!

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