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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:48 PM   #1
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66 Toronado spare wheel is BIGGER?

I just had my 66 Toronado wheels blasted and powder coated. A local tire shop got in some thin white wall Cooper tires. They said the spare rim is a 15.5in rim whereas the other rims are true 15 in rims. What???? The tires fit on 4 rims but not the spare. Has anyone runacross this before? Does anyone sell a 15.5 in tire? Wondering what to do...
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Old December 1st, 2011, 11:15 PM   #2
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I just had my 66 Toronado wheels blasted and powder coated. A local tire shop got in some thin white wall Cooper tires. They said the spare rim is a 15.5in rim whereas the other rims are true 15 in rims. What???? The tires fit on 4 rims but not the spare. Has anyone runacross this before? Does anyone sell a 15.5 in tire? Wondering what to do...
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For the heck of it, did you measure your spare compared to your 4 others just in case the tire shop made a mistake?

What is the exact name of the cooper tire, I think I'd be interested in trying to find them for my '67 Toro.
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 12:54 AM   #3
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I just had my 66 Toronado wheels blasted and powder coated. A local tire shop got in some thin white wall Cooper tires. They said the spare rim is a 15.5in rim whereas, the other rims are true 15 in rims. What???? The tires fit on 4 rims but not the spare. Has anyone runacross this before? Does anyone sell a 15.5 in tire? Wondering what to do...
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Agree with Jeff. I would check it for yourself and possibly put in a call to the shop manager. Sounds like a mistake and not one a tire tech should make! I've never heard of a 15.5" tire or rim. Not impossible, but not likely. Why would they do that? Let us know what happens!

BTW, Jeff, the Cooper Trendsetter has a regular thin white wall stripe (.75"?). Available in many 15" sizes for "Legacy" cars like ours. Yeesh...sorry for the computerspeak.
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 05:00 AM   #4
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That is the exact tire I just put on... Cooper Trendsetter SE in a 235/75-15. I have not measured the spare rim but I will. Interestingly enough the tire techs said the angled valve stems I got specifically for the 66 Toro wheels "won't physically fit" on the rims. So they put on straight ones.

Maybe I had the JV team at the tire shop. Maybe not even the JV team!

Has anyone put angled valve stems on their wheels? I have to imagine it would work.

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Old December 2nd, 2011, 05:31 AM   #5
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I've never heard of angled valve stems.

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I believe the angled valve stems are for the later disc brake wheel and not for the earlier drum brake wheel.

I know we had to use the "angled" for my 68.
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 10:16 AM   #7
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Angled valve stem.

Here is a picture of the valve stem for a "66 Toronado" that apparently doesn't fit my drum brake rims. I was too stupid to look at the stems that were on the rims when I took off the old tires. The valve stems the tire shop put on look out of place. Any photos of what the valve stems SHOULD look like would be appreciated.
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 10:19 AM   #8
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1966 all and 1967 drum brake wheels use a standard rubber snap-in valve stem. 67 disc brake and 68-78 Toronado/Eldorado wheels use an angled metal valve stem similar to a truck. Has a rubber seal washer and a nut threads on the inside of the rim to hold it in place. Most have a black rubber or plastic cover on the exposed stem.

Pain in the ***, truth be known.
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Wow. Neat item.

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