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Old 03-25-2018, 11:15 AM
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Default Wheel/tire size combinations for 1960

Looking to upgrade the wheels and tires on my 1960 hardtop restoration project. I know stock is 14 inch rims with 203 mm wide tires. Looking at the back wells it appears I can fit a battleship back there, but does anyone know the largest tolerable rim/tire that the front can accommodate without issues? Hoping for a nice look and ride. Thank you for any suggestions.
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Old 03-25-2018, 02:28 PM
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Looking to upgrade the wheels and tires on my 1960 hardtop restoration project. I know stock is 14 inch rims with 203 mm wide tires. Looking at the back wells it appears I can fit a battleship back there, but does anyone know the largest tolerable rim/tire that the front can accommodate without issues? Hoping for a nice look and ride. Thank you for any suggestions.
With or without skirts? Try doing a search, there are a couple of threads where people have gotten far larger than what I thought possible tires on, a lot of research went into offset, wheel diameter etc.
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Old 03-25-2018, 03:14 PM
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I put 15 X 6 spoke rims with 225 X 75 X 15 tires on mine. There are 2 things I found:
1. The wheels and tires clear the fender skirts with no problems, but to get the tire on and off, I need to jack up the car by the bumper to get the differential to drop down. This gives me clearance to get the tire on and off.
2. The front tires ended up rubbing against the upper ball joint. I ended up installing a 5/16" wheel spacer to stop this. When I added the spacer I also needed to install longer stud bolts. That was a real pain, finding the right ones.
It looks like the backspace on the rims is 4".
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