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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 19, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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Old guy needs tire help!

Hello everyone, I recently bought a 1964 Chevelle SS convertible with original 14" tires. I want to add 15x7 wheels with 225-70 R15 tires.Most of the wheels I am looking at are either 3 3/4" or 4" backspacing. Will I have any problems with this setup as far as rubbing? I know this question sounds dumb to most of you but it is important to me. The car has 75k actual miles on it and has the inline 6 cyl, only 1551 made that year. Dont know whether to drop in a 350 or leave it stock. Your input is important so thanks for any responses, Lowell
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 19, 12:06 PM
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Re: Old guy needs tire help!

Welcome to Team Chevelle

A Measuring Tape is your best friend in determining what will fit in your 64's Wheel Wells

Measuring your car's Wheel/Fender Wells on both sides will provide us with the #s
that will enable us to cal the Max sized Tire and the proper Wheel BackSpace

Take the following measurements with the Wheels/Tires off the car;

1. Total Space of Wheel/Fenderwells, from Frame/Fender on the INside TO the OUTside Inner Lip of the Outside Fender = ?
DR side = ??
and Passenger side = ??
they can be different

2. The OutSpace for/from the Outside Fender Inner Lip TO the Face of Rear Brake Drum/Hub = ?
DR side = ??
and Passenger side = ??
they can be different

3. The INSpace from the Face of Rear Brake Drum/Hub to the Inner Fender / Frame = ?
DR side = ??
and Passenger side = ??
they can be different

NOTE there can be interference from the Lower Shock Mount Bolt if the Wheel is to Wide
and the Exhaust Piping may also rub on the Sidewall of a Tire that is to Wide
plus Ride Height plays into how Wide a Tire will be allowed to be used

Provide the above measurements and the Details of the Tires Height/Side Wall Width
and we can advise

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Born 283 / PG / A51
468/TH400 2,500 stall/ S60 3.70 Gs
Prev Best on M/T ET S/S #3454 street Tires/Dress 2018/05/20
60' = 1.664
1/8 = 7.532 et / 91 mph
1/4 = 11.814 et / 115 mph
NEW Best with 3,500+ Stall TC 2019/09/08
60' = 1.547
1/8 = 7.311 et / 91.76 mph
1/4 = 11.595 et / 114.28 mph


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Re: Old guy needs tire help!

Welcome to TC, Lowell!

Sounds like a neat car - we need photos.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 19, 7:53 AM
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Wheel Vintiques has a good selection. i bought mine from summit racing.

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Re: Old guy needs tire help!

You want the wheel as close as possible to the car for predictable handling. The further they stick out the more leverage pot holes and road imperfections have against the steering wheel..


The set of wheels I have listed are 15 x 7 with 4.75 back space. They are factory looking stock wheels which I think look the best. They are from The Parts Place, that company seems to have a good following and sell many one off, hard to get factory parts.. You could do chrome lug nuts with them or baby moon hub caps. You could also do factory wheel covers..

https://www.ebay.com/itm/GM-15-x-7-S...53.m1438.l2649

I'd look into souping up the 6. They have some real cool looking performance parts for them. Go on HAMB there's a lot of 6 info over there. Just one thing, Please don't put a high performance exhaust on a 6! They sound terrible. Just use a stock quiet muffler.
Six cyls aren't that bad, no sense trying to make these old cars fast with the high performance factory iron that's out today.. Just last night I was coming home from a cruise with my daughter, she was driving her Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo 6. She stayed neck and neck with me in my 69 el Camino with a 454!!

I also have a set of chrome reverse wheels for sale for $400 plus shipping that would fit your car perfectly. These wheels balance nicely. Chrome reverse wheels were very popular when our cars were new..
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