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matre101 April 20th, 2018 05:32 PM

63' F-85 wheel and tire selection
 
Hello everyone! I have a question that I hope one of you will have. I have a 63 F-85 and I'm getting ready to order some smoothie wheels. I'm just not sure on size. I want to put 15in rims on, but don't know how wide I can go and tire size. I guess I just need to know what the biggest wheel and tire combination I can go with without any troubles. Thanks in advance for your time!

joe_padavano April 27th, 2018 04:35 AM

I know first hand that 215/60-15s fit fine all around on the optional factory 15" wheels. You want zero offset wheels.

dbaum May 2nd, 2018 07:54 AM

Did the optional 15" wheels come with 5 studs or the regular 4, as with the 13 inch standard wheels?

Thanks

joe_padavano May 2nd, 2018 08:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dbaum (Post 1093051)
Did the optional 15" wheels come with 5 studs or the regular 4, as with the 13 inch standard wheels?

Thanks

Every single 1961-63 F-85/Cutlass made has a 4 x 4.5" wheel bolt pattern.

dbaum May 2nd, 2018 09:09 AM

Does anyone out there know where I might be able to find a set of 4 x 4.5 15" rims for my 63 f-85?

Much appreciated

Dallas
Nelson BC

joe_padavano May 2nd, 2018 09:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dbaum (Post 1093058)
Does anyone out there know where I might be able to find a set of 4 x 4.5 15" rims for my 63 f-85?

Much appreciated

Dallas
Nelson BC

If you're OK with aftermarket, Wheel Vintiques 12-570404

dbaum May 6th, 2018 08:03 AM

How did you make out with your tires?

I have a 63-f85 and am about to purchase as well.

I would love to see some photos if you have any.

Thanks!

dbaum May 7th, 2018 01:54 PM

Hey there Joe, could you have a quick peek at my purchase to be?

I just wanna make sure I'm buying the right wheels and tires for my 63 f85 before I pull the trigger.

Much appreciated

https://www.performanceplustire.com/...aef4f435342994

joe_padavano May 7th, 2018 02:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dbaum (Post 1094092)
Hey there Joe, could you have a quick peek at my purchase to be?

I just wanna make sure I'm buying the right wheels and tires for my 63 f85 before I pull the trigger.

Much appreciated

https://www.performanceplustire.com/...aef4f435342994

I think you will be very happy with that combo. The only thing you need to be aware of is that the stock lug nuts are LH thread on the driver side of the car and RH thread on the passenger side. I ended up swapping the lug studs on my car to all RH thread to avoid that problem.

Bret F-85 May 8th, 2018 03:44 PM

15 wheels on a 63 F85 Deluxe
 
Are you saying I can put 15 wheels on my 63 F85 deluxe wagon?

joe_padavano May 8th, 2018 04:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bret F-85 (Post 1094353)
Are you saying I can put 15 wheels on my 63 F85 deluxe wagon?

Have you not been reading the posts in this thread?

carbizguy May 28th, 2018 11:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joe_padavano (Post 1092045)
I know first hand that 215/60-15s fit fine all around on the optional factory 15" wheels. You want zero offset wheels.

hey joe, was that also the factory tire size on the 15" wheel option? :confused:

joe_padavano May 29th, 2018 05:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by carbizguy (Post 1098600)
hey joe, was that also the factory tire size on the 15" wheel option? :confused:


215/60-15 tire size didn't exist in 1962.


The available tires were likely something like 5.90x15


EDIT: I can confirm that 5.90x15 tires are 25.62" in diameter, right between the 6.50x13 and 7.00x13 tires.

carbizguy May 29th, 2018 04:55 PM

I appreciate your help

dbaum May 30th, 2018 07:15 AM

15" rims
 
I know this is a long shot but does anyone know where I can get a sec of OEM 15" rims for my 63 f-85?

I have a set of 13's in excellent shape if anyone has a trade.

Much appreciated.

joe_padavano May 30th, 2018 07:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dbaum (Post 1098892)
I know this is a long shot but does anyone know where I can get a sec of OEM 15" rims for my 63 f-85?

I have a set of 13's in excellent shape if anyone has a trade.

Much appreciated.


It took me about five years of searching to find a set of four, two at a time. I had good luck over at AACA. Keep in mind that Skylarks used them too.

Bret F-85 August 9th, 2018 07:24 AM

F85 1963 deluxe wagon
 
Dave

i just purchased 12-570404 15 x 7 steel wheels from Wheel Vintiques for my 63 F85 deluxe wagon. I appears that the wheels stick out too far in the rear and the tire will rub on the wheel well. Did you have this problem?

thanks

bret

matre101 August 9th, 2018 08:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bret F-85 (Post 1115895)
Dave

i just purchased 12-570404 15 x 7 steel wheels from Wheel Vintiques for my 63 F85 deluxe wagon. I appears that the wheels stick out too far in the rear and the tire will rub on the wheel well. Did you have this problem?

thanks

bret

I got 15x7 inch rims. They were zero offset. I put 215 75r tires on them and they barely rubbed the wheel wells in the back. I just rolled the lip of the quarter up a little bit and it is now fine.

joe_padavano August 9th, 2018 09:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by matre101 (Post 1115918)
I got 15x7 inch rims. They were zero offset. I put 215 75r tires on them and they barely rubbed the wheel wells in the back. I just rolled the lip of the quarter up a little bit and it is now fine.

215/75-15 is a very tall tire (27.8"). I'm surprised they fit the 61-63 cars. 215/60-15 is about the same diameter as original at a little over 25"

matre101 August 9th, 2018 11:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bret F-85 (Post 1115895)
Dave

i just purchased 12-570404 15 x 7 steel wheels from Wheel Vintiques for my 63 F85 deluxe wagon. I appears that the wheels stick out too far in the rear and the tire will rub on the wheel well. Did you have this problem?

thanks

bret

I got 15x7 inch rims. They were zero offset. I put 215 75r tires on them and they barely rubbed the wheel wells in the back. I just rolled the lip of the quarter up a little bit and it is now fine.

Bret F-85 August 10th, 2018 02:34 AM

I would love to see pics of your wheel tire combo.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by matre101 (Post 1090774)
Hello everyone! I have a question that I hope one of you will have. I have a 63 F-85 and I'm getting ready to order some smoothie wheels. I'm just not sure on size. I want to put 15in rims on, but don't know how wide I can go and tire size. I guess I just need to know what the biggest wheel and tire combination I can go with without any troubles. Thanks in advance for your time!


matre101 August 10th, 2018 06:35 AM

63' F-85 with wheel vintiques 13 series smoothies
 
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/classic...23351dcb3a.jpgI am about to paint the centers of the wheels blue here in the next few days. So I'll post a pic when that's done.

dbaum August 22nd, 2018 08:14 PM

Looks fantastic!

Thanks for the pic!


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