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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old Mar 7th, 19, 1:49 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Lifting Rear of 1966 El Camino

Thanks DR; that is very helpful information! What is the backspacing on the rear wheels? Iím surprised you got 16 X 7s to fit in the front. Whatís the backspacing up front? Nice wagon, btw! Thanks. P

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They are 16x7 4bs up front with 225/55r16 and 16x8 5bs in rear with 255/50r-16.

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Hey RAMBO, after some random searching I ran across a post of yours and a picture of a Gold Ď69 Elky you had (or worked on) in 2006. It had 15 X 10 Chevy Rallys with 5-inch backspace and 60-series tires. It looked awesome and pretty much the stance I seek. The Ď68 - Ď69 were heftier vehicles, so I donít know if I could replicate this on my Ď66. What do you think buddy? Details, sizes, and specs greatly appreciated (and earn you a few beers at my local establishment in Manhattan if you ever find yourself in Gotham). Thanks man! Patrick
15x10's with 5.0" backspacing (-12 offset) will put the rear tires into the outer fenders, unless you jack up the ride height to clear them.
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Re: Lifting Rear of 1966 El Camino

Just a couple of points.
First off, all the recommendations from/for 68' and newer don't apply to 64'-67's.(The wheel wells are vastly different for wheel/tire fitment.)

What rear axle length do you have? ( early axles are shorter ) Makes a difference on backspace.

With the early cars you are limited to a 255mm wide tire and a 8" rim max without mini tubs and some frame carving.
If your willing to modify the wheel wells and frame you can fit a 295/65-15 just barely.
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post #20 of 24 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 19, 2:50 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Lifting Rear of 1966 El Camino

Thanks LaVelle, I really appreciate this information. I suspected as such. So I have decided to go with 15X8 steel Rallys, 4.5 inch backspace and 255/60s tires on the back; Iíll leave the 14X6s up front. Thanks everyone for your considered comments.

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Just a couple of points.
First off, all the recommendations from/for 68' and newer don't apply to 64'-67's.(The wheel wells are vastly different for wheel/tire fitment.)

What rear axle length do you have? ( early axles are shorter ) Makes a difference on backspace.

With the early cars you are limited to a 255mm wide tire and a 8" rim max without mini tubs and some frame carving.
If your willing to modify the wheel wells and frame you can fit a 295/65-15 just barely.
64-65's have tighter wheelwells and are a different animal. 66-67's have much bigger wells, not quite as large as the 68-72's, but can still handle pretty big rolling stock. 66-67 rear end are 1" shorter, than a 68-72 rear, but the backspacing requirements are pretty much interchangeable. There are a number of members here, with 64-65's, that are squeezing a 9"-9.5" width wheel and 275 tire on the rear. Lots of 66-67 owners are fitting a 10" wheel and 295 tire. The 68-72's can handle up to an 11" wheel and 315 tire, if you do your homework.
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For my 65 ElCamino, I had to go to 15x8 Wheel Vintique rallys with a 5" backset to clear the fender lip with Mickey Thompson Sportsman 255/60's. That puts the lower shock mount very close to the wheel flange, but a slight trimming clears them easy. 4 door Station Wagon springs will raise it a couple of inches and give a harsher ride.
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For my 65 ElCamino, I had to go to 15x8 Wheel Vintique rallys with a 5" backset to clear the fender lip with Mickey Thompson Sportsman 255/60's. That puts the lower shock mount very close to the wheel flange, but a slight trimming clears them easy. 4 door Station Wagon springs will raise it a couple of inches and give a harsher ride.
Just for info but this is a common occurrence with 15" wheels. 17" or larger diameter wheels clear the lower shock mounts and can allow a wider wheel to be centered, in the wheelwell.
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