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Old June 28th, 2013, 06:58 PM
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I have a 1968 Delta 88 with the stock steel wheels/hubcaps.



I am looking at this front disc set up that will require I get larger rims, the kit says I can use '71- GM steel wheels...and luckily I have a '76 cutlass sitting around, with post-'71 steel rims on it.

however, my hubcaps won't fit on the later wheels, and I'm sure the wheels were larger for a reason, so I can't put the '68 wheels on the cutlass.

does anyone know if I can buy steel wheels that will accept the smaller hub caps?

also budget-in-mind, I'll take suggestions for alloys that would look kickass on my car. I don't want to put 20s or anything massive on it, and a little more grip in the rear would help. I'm going for a classy looking daily driver here, not a race car or a show car.
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Old June 28th, 2013, 07:46 PM
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"This setup eliminates the stock ball bearings with safer, cheaper tapered roller bearings yet still preserves the stock 5 on 5 inch bolt pattern. "

WTH is that about?
What "ball bearings"?

weird that they skipped 1965 Big Cars in the list of applications. What's different about the '65 Olds Big Cars ??
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Old June 28th, 2013, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by copy/pasted from the ad
1965 models require rework of the stock drum hub due to use of smaller bearings.
and I'd imagine that the '59-'64 cars may have used ball bearings instead of tapered bearings.
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Old June 28th, 2013, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by 1976Oldswagon View Post
and I'd imagine that the '59-'64 cars may have used ball bearings instead of tapered bearings.
You are correct my 64 uses ball bearings.
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Old June 28th, 2013, 10:42 PM
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I have doubts that your '76 Cutlass wheels will fit your '68 Delta 88. The bolt pattern on your '68 should be 5 x 5". The bolt pattern on the Cutlass should be, 5 x 4.75".
When I switched from 14 x 6 wheels to 15 x 7 wheels on my '67 Delta, I used 15 x 7 Chebby truck rims from the '80's. My wheel covers from '67 would no longer fit, so I ended up purchasing wheel covers from a '73 Olds with 15" rims.
The reason I switched from 14" wheels to 15" wheels was because I couldn't obtain the proper size 14" radial tires. I believe the proper tires are non-existent.
My '67 Delta originally had manual drum brakes. Adding a power brake booster greatly increased my stopping power. I would suspect that your car already has power (drum) brakes, but I know, you most likely want to be able to stop even sooner. Stopping when we want to is a very good thing. Good Luck!

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I had an idea a couple of days ago. I was looking at a 69 Impala that had factory disc brakes and a 12 bolt rear. I believe that 65-70 big cars share the same frame so why couldn't the Impala setup be installed on an Olds? It would give disc brakes, a 12 bolt Chevy rear that is easy to find parts for, and a 5x4.75 bolt pattern which would allow installation of any of the many wheels available for the Cutlass/442 A-body platform
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I had an idea a couple of days ago. I was looking at a 69 Impala that had factory disc brakes and a 12 bolt rear. I believe that 65-70 big cars share the same frame so why couldn't the Impala setup be installed on an Olds? It would give disc brakes, a 12 bolt Chevy rear that is easy to find parts for, and a 5x4.75 bolt pattern which would allow installation of any of the many wheels available for the Cutlass/442 A-body platform
The 65-70 Chebby full size cars used different spindles, wheel bearings, rotors, etc. Ball joints are Chevy-only and do not interchange with the Olds ball joints, so I do not know if you can put Chevy spindles on the Olds control arms without major machine work.
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Originally Posted by joe_padavano View Post
The 65-70 Chebby full size cars used different spindles, wheel bearings, rotors, etc. Ball joints are Chevy-only and do not interchange with the Olds ball joints, so I do not know if you can put Chevy spindles on the Olds control arms without major machine work.
Joe, I was thinking about a complete exchange of all front suspension, everything that attaches to the frame, upper and lower a arms, sway bar, and all attached hardware and parts. That is why I was saying I believe the frames are the same because, if they are, this exchange would work for the front suspension and the rear exchange as well.
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