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Old December 16th, 2011, 05:49 PM   #1
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1955 bolt pattern help please.

Does anyone know the bolt pattern on the 55 Olds? Looking to take my original wheels off for sand blasting and repainting, but want to find rollers to put on while I do this. Would other GM models of this vintage work?
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Old December 16th, 2011, 06:03 PM   #2
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They're 5", same as fullsize rear drive GM's thru the 60's and 70's and full size GM pickups.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 08:44 PM   #3
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They're 5", same as fullsize rear drive GM's thru the 60's and 70's and full size GM pickups.

A couple of exceptions to the above info, 49-70 full size Chevrolet are 4 3/4".

Most 77 thru 80s B body rwd GMs such as Chev Impala/Caprice, Pontiac Bonneville/Catalina, Olds 88, and Buick LeSabre will be 4 3/4". 5" was an extra cost option starting in 77 on these cars. All full size rwd wagons will also be equipped with 5" bolt pattern.

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Old December 16th, 2011, 09:16 PM   #4
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They are a 5 on 5 bolt pattern which Cadillac, Buick and Pontiac shared of this vintage. Also Packard '53-'55 ( no joking)
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Thank you for the replies! I guess I will be visiting Desert Valley Auto Parts this weekend. They have plenty of fine examples.

Now...does anyone know where I can find a reasonably priced set of 1954-1955 Spinner Caps? Fusik is a bit overboard with their prices.
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Old January 15th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #6
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does anyone know if i can put 14" rims on my 56 88.Has 15's now with 5on5 bolt pattern,want to run 245-60-14 or 15 on rear and 225-6014 or 15 on front.Thanks
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Old January 28th, 2012, 06:05 PM   #7
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does anyone know if i can put 14" rims on my 56 88.Has 15's now with 5on5 bolt pattern,want to run 245-60-14 or 15 on rear and 225-6014 or 15 on front.Thanks
Probably not. If you still have drums all the way around, the drum won't fit inside a 14" rim.
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I havent been able to find a 5x5 bolt pattern in a 14 anyway,thanks for the reply Glen
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Golds56,

If you are trying to lower your 56 some try 215/60/15 series tires ,I have a set that I use when I take the car on long trips.They do drop the car enough that some speed bumps can be a problem.It gives my car just little bit of the 50's custom look and I can put it back quick with no hassle, plus it rides much better than those bias ply tires that I show it with....Tedd
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Just a after thought 235/60/15 won't fit under the fronts but will just clear the backs on my 55.Your mileage may vary depending on wheel offset....Tedd
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Thank you for the replies! I guess I will be visiting Desert Valley Auto Parts this weekend. They have plenty of fine examples.

Now...does anyone know where I can find a reasonably priced set of 1954-1955 Spinner Caps? Fusik is a bit overboard with their prices.
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You can watch ebay but a decent set of Fiesta spinners will cost you about $400 for a set of 4. Not cheap.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 12:43 PM   #12
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Thanks guys ,I was told i could fit 245/60/15 on the rear and 225/60/15 on the front,i really want some chrome rims too.out of the 10 hubcaps i have four are nice two of one kind and two nice dog dishes.I will find something that isnt to ghetto like american racing or cragar ss.For now i may just pick up a couple that will match what i have ,you know 60mph caps or something.Or i could just put two on one side and the dogs on the other ,think anyone would notice?LOL Glen
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Be sure and try those 245/60/15 on before you buy them, they would not fit on my 55 without rubbing. That is with 8 inch chrome reversed wheels so the offset may be the difference.....Tedd
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Probably not. If you still have drums all the way around, the drum won't fit inside a 14" rim.
I find that hard to believe. Didn't the '59 and later 88 & 98 series have 14" wheels? It doesn't seem likely the brakes got smaller, since the cars were getting heavier.
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copper128, I believe your correct. I think the 14 inch won't fit on 15 inch brakes thing comes from the disk brake cars not us drumers..... Tedd
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'57 Olds came with 14 inch rims...
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So as far as I am getting this my 56 88 should have 5 on 5 lug pattern Right? I had some problems measuring the wheels i bought today and ended up with a set of pretty nice wheels that will fit my Mustang or an old Chevy None of my trucks have that same wheel or lug pattern the short trucks have 6 lugs and the C 20 trucks have 8 lugs anyone need a set of Aluminum wheels 15 inch that fit a Chev or ford they are the type that have 5 hole X 4.75 or 5 X 4.50 oh well live and learn
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So as far as I am getting this my 56 88 should have 5 on 5 lug pattern Right? I had some problems measuring the wheels i bought today and ended up with a set of pretty nice wheels that will fit my Mustang or an old Chevy None of my trucks have that same wheel or lug pattern the short trucks have 6 lugs and the C 20 trucks have 8 lugs anyone need a set of Aluminum wheels 15 inch that fit a Chev or ford they are the type that have 5 hole X 4.75 or 5 X 4.50 oh well live and learn
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Harry:

You should take pictures of the wheels and post them in the Classified Section.
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