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Username Post: Wide Whites and Stock Rims Are In!!        (Topic#228167)
kunk 
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10-21-09 01:30 PM - Post#1792028    



I have a 57 2door Hdtop that is by definition a street machine. I have 350/350 drivetrain and Disc brakes up front. I currently have beautiful Centerlines and wide tires on the car. Recently however, I purchased a stock `57 Chev. that had original hubcaps/ tires. The more it sat in my garage, the more I began to like the original wheels and tires. Very classy.

I'm now thinking about putting wide whitewall radial tires and stock caps back on my car. Looking for recommendations or perhaps someone has a set they would like to part with. I want to run radials and I want wide whites. I need a rim to fit over my Disc brakes as I have no intention of returning back to stock brakes. Ideally I would love to find an aftermarket 15" lookalike hubcap/rim combo but I have not had any success finding something like that. Recommendations welcome!

Thanks.

1957 Belair 2door Hardtop

Looking for 1937 Chev. PU
Looking for 1937 Chev. Coupe
Looking for 1965 Impala 2drhdtp


 


DZAUTO 
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10-21-09 03:16 PM - Post#1792095    
    In response to kunk

If you do that, please don't post a picture!



 
john_johnson 
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10-21-09 04:54 PM - Post#1792165    
    In response to DZAUTO

I have a '55, and good stock wheels look good. I am happy to hear someone say they like the look, just go to any Classic Chevy International event and you will see tons of these stock wheel cars. Mine are from a 210, so they have dog dish hubcaps, and the color of the rim matches the car, and they even have a nice pinstripe around them. I am not sure where to find them, seems like one of the tri-five suppliers, cci, danchuk, harmon's, paddock might have something like this. I did a quick search and did not find anything @ danchuk.

"That's all I have to say about that!"


 
LtFrankDrebin 
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10-21-09 06:36 PM - Post#1792230    
    In response to kunk

You can't beat stock rims with wide whites on these cars. I'm using wheelcovers from a '70s Cadillac on my '56 with a '57/'58 spinner and they look great with the wide whites.

'56 210 Townsman wagon 6cyl/3spd OD | '58 Impala Sierra Gold 348


 
6-bangertim 
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10-21-09 08:39 PM - Post#1792303    
    In response to kunk

Try a early 70's-80's GM steelie - 14X6 or 15X6, designed to clear disc brakes. Easy place to look is a local tire and wheel shop where they stack the take-offs in the back. Center hole is PENTAGON shaped. IMO a better looking wheel than the 14X5 stockers, as I like a deeper dish for Baby-Moons or the stock dog-dish 'caps. Old Chrome Reverse wheels with scuzzy chrome can be dust blasted and repainted - but check for fit over the discs first!

My '57 has a lo-buck '60's look with 1" whitewalls, 14X6 PENTAGON CENTER wheels (clear my Chevelle calipers over S-10 roters - but did have to chamfer the tabs on the center where spot-welded to rim) painted semi-gloss black with Nova baby-moons (a freebie from a neighbor ). 2" drop spindles give it a slight rake, looks JUST RIGHT - despite the rough bodywork and crappy paint!

Best Wishes, Tim

Too Poor to Restore...My Nifty 150!
Proud owner of MISS NOVEMBER - 2011 Tri-Five Calender


 
kunk 
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10-22-09 05:34 AM - Post#1792397    
    In response to john_johnson

Danchuck does sell a replacement rim which is 14x6 that will clear the disc brake calipers and will accept the stock hubcaps. There very spendy. I guess the good thing about those is that we probably will stand behind them.

I guess in the long run, it's probably about the same as a custom wheel when you factor in new caps as well. I'm not crazy about the danchuck repo caps. I'd like to find a show quality set of stockers.


Kunk.

1957 Belair 2door Hardtop

Looking for 1937 Chev. PU
Looking for 1937 Chev. Coupe
Looking for 1965 Impala 2drhdtp


 
gotta56forme 
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10-22-09 05:52 AM - Post#1792407    
    In response to kunk

Kunk,

I feel compelled to say that my understanding of the word hubcaps and wheelcovers is the following:

hubcaps: small cover, wheel hub sized, sometimes referred to as 'dog dishes'. Fit just over the lug nuts, and will fit 14", 15" and maybe even larger steel wheels

wheelcovers: cover the whole wheel, and (I believe) are wheel diameter specific. The '57's were factory with 14" wheels. The wheelcovers also need the little metal nubs on the wheels to keep them from rotating and possibly shearing a rubber valvestem.

I only write this, as I've noticed that some people interchange the words hubcaps and wheelcovers, when to my understanding, they are not interchangeable. Not saying you are, but wanted to make sure everyone was agreeing on terminology...

Scott/Gotta56forme



 
kunk 
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10-22-09 06:14 AM - Post#1792422    
    In response to gotta56forme



Yep, to be specific, you are correct here. But also in 57, all they offered for Hardtops was the "wheel-covers" which are advertised in many places as "caps". I'm pretty sure only the 150's had "caps".

I plan to use the "wheel-covers" on my car.

Thanks,

Dan

1957 Belair 2door Hardtop

Looking for 1937 Chev. PU
Looking for 1937 Chev. Coupe
Looking for 1965 Impala 2drhdtp


 
john_johnson 
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10-22-09 06:40 AM - Post#1792440    
    In response to kunk

Hey, Here are the GOOD version (I agree danchuk's wheel chrome was not right!) of 150 and 210 hubcaps.
http://www.paddockparts.com/Paddock/product_famil y...

I have 4 of these from paddockparts, and they are nice, not like danchuks. It took 6 months of waiting though, paddock had a long backorder on these.

If you are looking for the full wheel cover (Bel Air Model) then I think there are many suppliers for those full face hubcaps.

"That's all I have to say about that!"


 
john_johnson 
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10-22-09 06:43 AM - Post#1792442    
    In response to john_johnson

BTW, I am going to put 'wide whites' on my 210 hubcaps on my '55.

"That's all I have to say about that!"


 
bowtiefan 
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10-22-09 06:45 AM - Post#1792443    
    In response to kunk

I can't help with the wheels, but a little about tires. When I bought my '61 Corvette 3yrs ago, the po had just put on a set of BF Goodrich wide white radials made by Coker. The tires are great. We just finished a 6800 mile round trip on Route 66 and they show very little wear. I have UniRoyal 1" white walls with the delux wheel covers on my '57. I have always prefered the smaller ww, but it still has the classic look.



Ken

39 business coupe, 56 2 dr sdn. 210 Del Ray, Corvettes 61, 67 convert, 07 Z06, 16 Z06, 21 Silverado, 15 BMW 435 vert.


 
john_johnson 
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10-22-09 07:05 AM - Post#1792447    
    In response to bowtiefan

Here's a '57 210 wheel & hubcap:

http://www.procharger.com/myspace/1957_Chevy_21 0.j...

"That's all I have to say about that!"


 
C57Heaven 
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10-22-09 09:22 AM - Post#1792509    
    In response to john_johnson

Since a repro 14" 57 wheelcover is made I wonder why they didn't try a 15"? There sure is a market for one. Even if the repro doesn't have the chevy emblem in the center.

Peace,
John H.
55 BA 2dr Sed owned since 1979, sold 6/1/09;
1957 Conv (starting to restore)


Edited by C57Heaven on 10-22-09 09:22 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
kunk 
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10-22-09 11:16 AM - Post#1792571    
    In response to C57Heaven

HERE HERE!!!! Seems like a lost opportunity.

Thanks for the input everyone.

1957 Belair 2door Hardtop

Looking for 1937 Chev. PU
Looking for 1937 Chev. Coupe
Looking for 1965 Impala 2drhdtp


 
kunk 
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10-22-09 11:34 AM - Post#1792581    
    In response to bowtiefan

Very nice Ken,

Are your wheel covers originals? I was thinking about those for my car.

1957 Belair 2door Hardtop

Looking for 1937 Chev. PU
Looking for 1937 Chev. Coupe
Looking for 1965 Impala 2drhdtp


 
Richard Martin 
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10-22-09 12:08 PM - Post#1792599    
    In response to kunk

  • kunk Said:


Yep, to be specific, you are correct here. But also in 57, all they offered for Hardtops was the "wheel-covers" which are advertised in many places as "caps". I'm pretty sure only the 150's had "caps".

I plan to use the "wheel-covers" on my car.

Thanks,

Dan



The 1957 Bel Air series, all body styles including the Nomad station wagon, came standard with full wheel covers. The 150 and 210 series (including hardtops) came from the factory with the small hubcaps. Wheel covers were a dealer installed accessory on 150 and 210 '57 Chevys.

My info is from the original factory supplied to the dealer--'57 Chevy Facts Book. page D4: "Wheel Disks are provided on BelAirs; hub caps on Two-Ten and One-Fifty models. Bel Air disks available as accessories."
----
Richard





 
CJS57 
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10-22-09 03:08 PM - Post#1792712    
    In response to Richard Martin

I like full wheelcovers too. I designed my suspension mods around them. Here it is with 5x14" disc brake wheels front (with 10.5" discs) and 7x14" wheels rear. Tires are 225/75/14 Coker rear and 205/75/14 Diamondback front. Car is lowered 4" in the front and 1" in the rear from stock. No rubbing at all at full lock going into a steep driveway at a good speed.



1957 Belair 2Dr Hdtp, 58,000 original miles, original never rebuilt 283 engine, 245hp, Dual Fours, Tremec TKO 600 5-speed, 3.70 gears, AACA Senior in 1985
previous trifives:
1955 Belair Convt
1956 210 2dr Sdn
1957 Belair 2Dr Hdtp


Edited by CJS57 on 10-22-09 03:10 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
4dr 57 
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10-22-09 03:32 PM - Post#1792733    
    In response to kunk

Darn if someone didn't just recently suggest wide whites for our 4drht!

BUT 15" wheels and the bigger tire along with 69 Camero disc brakes might be too much for 50 year old axles. I like the thin whites too. I looked at US Wheel a lot but wound up at Summit out of necessity and conveinence.



It's all good. Mostly


 
bowtiefan 
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10-23-09 07:08 AM - Post#1793009    
    In response to kunk

  • Quote:
[Very nice Ken,

Are your wheel covers originals?/quote]

Yes, but not to the car as it is a 210. The guy I bought the car from was a parts guy and when he built in many years ago, he had all original parts and so he Bel Airized it at that time. They could use new center emblems, but otherwise they are in great shape.

Ken

39 business coupe, 56 2 dr sdn. 210 Del Ray, Corvettes 61, 67 convert, 07 Z06, 16 Z06, 21 Silverado, 15 BMW 435 vert.


Edited by bowtiefan on 10-23-09 07:10 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
jaxbeachdawg 
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10-23-09 07:20 PM - Post#1793426    
    In response to DZAUTO



1957 Chevrolet 4 Door Bel Air Sedan,283 Power Pack,Powerglide,Power Brakes and Steering,81,000 Documented Miles,Proudly Driven In Loving Memory Of My Son Cory(1983-2000)


 
60chev 
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10-24-09 04:06 AM - Post#1793505    
    In response to bowtiefan

I just picked up a set of 4 - 15 x 6 stock steelies for free from craigslist. I think they off of an early S-10. They are in mint condition and just got to be painted although the white on 'em now is really good. Just a thought, as I always check the free or barter section of craigslist. I got a free quad carburator off of there not that long ago that works fine. Now I got to find some nice dog-dishes!!

60chev

1960 Bel-Air 4-door 305/3onthe tree
1994 C20 350/4L60e


 
57CW 
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10-25-09 11:19 PM - Post#1794506    
    In response to kunk

WIDE WHITES and full wheel covers are my choice, beautiful classic look. The thin whites, if my memory doesn't fail me, started around the early 60s, my mom's new 1963 Chevy Impala had them back in the day, they look nice, but I prefer period correct tires for the 50s stock styling. The set up on my '57 wagon are B.F. Goodrich Silvertown 750-14 2 1/4 WWs. I am pleased with the ride and look along with the full wheels covers.





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Jack-57CW

1957 Chevrolet 210 Townsman wagon
57EM - ELECTRIC MISTRESS


 
CJS57 
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10-26-09 02:35 PM - Post#1794800    
    In response to 57CW

Beautiful! Artistic picture, the black and white works! Nice car, Can I say it? I had one of those too!

1957 Belair 2Dr Hdtp, 58,000 original miles, original never rebuilt 283 engine, 245hp, Dual Fours, Tremec TKO 600 5-speed, 3.70 gears, AACA Senior in 1985
previous trifives:
1955 Belair Convt
1956 210 2dr Sdn
1957 Belair 2Dr Hdtp


 
afiftysman 
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10-26-09 06:27 PM - Post#1794942    
    In response to CJS57

I like them too.



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LtFrankDrebin 
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10-26-09 07:10 PM - Post#1794982    
    In response to afiftysman

Nice car!

'56 210 Townsman wagon 6cyl/3spd OD | '58 Impala Sierra Gold 348


 
57CW 
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10-26-09 09:12 PM - Post#1795037    
    In response to 57CW

Thanks, appreciate it, I wanted to make the pic look old school style with the B & W. It's odd, I can't find the color original pic on my HD, just poof.
Oh well, it alright, I like being in the 50s. Let's see more whitewalls and hubs or covers.

That 57 4dr is sharp looking, sierra gold?


Jack-57CW

1957 Chevrolet 210 Townsman wagon
57EM - ELECTRIC MISTRESS


 
jaxbeachdawg 
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10-27-09 06:05 PM - Post#1795462    
    In response to 57CW

Here is Mine! http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/oo138/jaxbeach d...

1957 Chevrolet 4 Door Bel Air Sedan,283 Power Pack,Powerglide,Power Brakes and Steering,81,000 Documented Miles,Proudly Driven In Loving Memory Of My Son Cory(1983-2000)


 
LtFrankDrebin 
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10-27-09 07:20 PM - Post#1795493    
    In response to jaxbeachdawg

Another nice car. What it comes down to is that these cars with stock rims and wide whites will always be in. Other tire/wheel combo fads come and go.

'56 210 Townsman wagon 6cyl/3spd OD | '58 Impala Sierra Gold 348


 
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10-28-09 05:42 PM - Post#1795890    
    In response to LtFrankDrebin

"The thin whites, if my memory doesn't fail me, started around the early 60s, my mom's new 1963 Chevy Impala had them back in the day,"

The '61 factory SS was the first car with the narrow whites; Regular production with '62 models all styles.

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10-30-09 04:50 PM - Post#1797098    
    In response to kunk

http://www.classicchevy.com/dept.asp?dept%5Fid=177...

GET ER DONE .. AS I GET OLDER I LIKE FAST CARS I CAN STILL DRIVE. AND VERY SLOW WOMEN I CAN CATCH while still able..arnie garrison


 


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