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Re: QOD (Question of the Day) for 1/23/2023: Wheels (2/12)
 1/23/23 8:17am
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Equinunk, PA - USA

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1972 conv, 4-speed, 350, 200hp, numbers match, rally wheels, war bonnett yellow w/white top. good condition, nice driver.


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I have the O.E.M. wheels, trim rings and center caps. Repainted and very nice. They are my favorite style. B F Goodrich T A radials are the traction getters. Again, nice tires and a favorite brand for me. 



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Re: QOD (Question of the Day) for 1/23/2023: Wheels (3/12)
 1/23/23 10:41am
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Lawrenceville, GA - USA

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1978 Silver Anniversary. Restored in 2012. All new 'complete' suspension f & r, engine, trans, exhaust, interior. Car is driven - garage kept but not a trailer queen.


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Replaced the original Alloy wheels (which I kept) with correct 1978 anniversary Alloy wheels and center caps.  Wanted the original external look of the vette to remain stock.

 

Re: QOD (Question of the Day) for 1/23/2023: Wheels (4/12)
 1/23/23 11:51am
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Grapevine, TX - USA

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1972 LT-1 convertible with factory air.


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I replaced my old original Ralleys with new 15" Wheel Vintique Ralleys from Summit.

Had thought about going to a 17" rim but not the Ralley look as they just look out of proportion.

I have both the trim rings and center caps and also a set of P02 wheel covers.



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Re: QOD (Question of the Day) for 1/23/2023: Wheels (5/12)
 1/23/23 11:56am
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1978 L48 Auto. Red with Oyster Leather interior. Owned since 1990.


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We have aftermarket alloy wheels fitted to our '78.  They we put on when we bought the car by Tom Falconer, of the UK's Claremont Corvette, to replace the hideous wide, wire wheels that the car had when we first viewed it!    They are however, for a later, 80 -0n, Corvette, but I like the look of them.

That said, they are a real pain to balance, needing a huge amount of weight to overcome what I assume is rather poor casting.  I've no idea who made them, so am reluctant to buy others in case they are the same!  Id' be interested to hear of Vette78RL's experiences with his new set and, where he bought them.



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Re: QOD (Question of the Day) for 1/23/2023: Wheels (6/12)
 1/24/23 12:06pm
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Sure thing Kentvetteuk. 

Bought the entire four wheel set from Mid America Motorworks.  They sell it under part #642-376.  Have had them since 2013.  I have all my tire work done at my local factory Goodyear shop.  They've never had a problem balancing them.  To not mar or distract the appearance on the outside of the wheel, they're always balanced only with the weights on the inside. 

Re: QOD (Question of the Day) for 1/23/2023: Wheels (7/12)
 1/25/23 10:24am
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1969 LeMans Blue Coupe 390/427 4sp 2016 Stingray Convertible 7sp


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Still using the original Rally wheels with trim rings and center cap. 

Re: QOD (Question of the Day) for 1/23/2023: Wheels (8/12)
 1/25/23 10:31am
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Vette78RL said:

Sure thing Kentvetteuk. 

Bought the entire four wheel set from Mid America Motorworks.  They sell it under part #642-376.  Have had them since 2013.  I have all my tire work done at my local factory Goodyear shop.  They've never had a problem balancing them.  To not mar or distract the appearance on the outside of the wheel, they're always balanced only with the weights on the inside. 

Thanks!   My tyre man puts the weights in the "slots" so as to not spoil the appearance.  But he would really like to put weights on the inner rim, but on our wheels there is no useful inner rim for "hammer on" weights and the clearance is too tight to the calliper to add stick on weights to the inner edge.   It make it difficult to balance them.    
Hence I was wondering about replacements, original style or maybe Torque Thrusts.......😄



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Re: QOD (Question of the Day) for 1/23/2023: Wheels (9/12)
 1/25/23 11:38am
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Lawrenceville, GA - USA

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1978 Silver Anniversary. Restored in 2012. All new 'complete' suspension f & r, engine, trans, exhaust, interior. Car is driven - garage kept but not a trailer queen.


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The weights they use are peel & stick.  They're soft metal and cut to the size they need.  They adhere them to the back rim of the wheel.  The adhesive is super sticky and I've never had one fall off.  This shop works a lot with alloy, mag and custom wheels for their customers.  I never go anywhere else when it comes to wheel and tire work.  Unfortunately,  Goodyear no longer sells a P255/60-15 size tires but they can get the P255/60-15 B.F. Goodrich Radial T/A's I run so its all good.

Re: QOD (Question of the Day) for 1/23/2023: Wheels (10/12)
 1/25/23 11:54am
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Germansville, PA - USA

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1974 Coupe 358ci 4 speed Black w/Medium Saddle interior w/79 custom leather seats. . 1999 C5 Convertible, 6 speed, Atomic orange, Oak interior.


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For something different than most...Wheels are original Appliance WireMags from the early 70's.



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Re: QOD (Question of the Day) for 1/23/2023: Wheels (11/12)
 1/25/23 5:49pm
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Overland Park, KS - USA

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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


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I ordered mine with Firestone 500* white line tires. Sold those to a friend and put on BF Goodrich T/As 255/60-15s.  It was about that time that I sold the original Rally wheels, caps, and trim rings and replaced them with American Racing Vector 8 1/2" X 15" wheels. I originally saw those wheels on one of the Chevrolet Corvette CERV prototypes.

Wore those out and put on Bridgestone 255/60-15s.   Wore those down to about 50% tread and put them on some old Rally wheels and used them for my autocross tires. Then I used Goodyear Eagle GTs 255/60-15s for daily driving.

* The friend got free replacement Firestone tires because of the Firestone 500 recall.



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Re: QOD (Question of the Day) for 1/23/2023: Wheels (12/12)
 1/25/23 6:05pm
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Twin Lakes, CO - USA

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SOLD - "The Toy" - '70 Convertible
SOLD - "The Beast" - '90 ZR-1 (#682)
"BLKBRRD" - '78 Trans Am, 400ci/220hp, 4 spd, Black w/black interior, Hurst t-tops


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While I like the original 15" rally rims with the trim ring and center cap I put 16" A-molds on "The Toy".

 



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