15" steel wheels

Discussion in 'The Hides' started by '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl, Mar 13, 2020.

  1. '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl

    '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl Well-Known Member

    Afternoon everyone. I'm looking to go up to 15" steel wheels on my '72 Lark. I currently have the 14x6 5x4.75 rims on now.

    I'm wondering if these rims will work. All of the measurements seem to match but their website says 1950-1964.

    https://www.cokertire.com/o-e-style-chevy-wheel-oepr157sg414.html

    https://www.cokertire.com/o-e-style-chevy-wheel-oepr158sg414.html

    If these don't work does anyone know where to get a set of 15x7's & 15x8's? I'm looking at these because they will just need to be painted or powder coated. Not blasted, primed, & then powder coated. Plus the junkyard wheels seem to be nonexistent around me. I thought I saw that Steve may make rims(Underdog350) but I could be wrong.

    As always any help or leads would be great.

    Thanks,

    Kyle
     
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  2. Kyle,

    These should work just fine.
     
  3. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    I think you would want more back spacing on the 15 X 8. 4.25" isn't enough if you want to put some wider rubber back there. My 15 X 8's have 4.5" BS, with P275/60R-15's and it is close on one side of the car. Could use another 1/4" I think. In any case, I'd want at least 4.5"BS
     
  4. '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl

    '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. I’m debating about 15x7’s all around or 15x7’s up front & 15x8’s in the rear.

    Would like to find a set already painted/power coated. But if I need to I have a power coater near me.

    Kyle
     
  5. jonmil

    jonmil Well-Known Member

    I have 2 15 x 6" steel wheels that are rust free if you want to go smaller up front.
     
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  6. '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl

    '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl Well-Known Member

    I appreciate the offer Jon.

    However that may be a little narrow for what I'd like to run.

    Thanks though.

    Kyle
     
  7. BrunoD

    BrunoD Looking for Fast Eddie

    I could sell you a pair ,these are 15.7.Remember,shipping is expansive,but I'm sure you know that already.Bruno.
     
  8. '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl

    '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl Well-Known Member

    Bruno, how much for the pair & how much to ship to 80233?

    Thanks,

    Kyle
     
  9. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Kyle,

    If you have any salvage yards close by, you can use this chart as a good cross reference.

    The wheels you're looking for came on many GM models for a while. I got mine from a junkyard and had them blasted/painted. Total was about $300 for everything.

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  10. '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl

    '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl Well-Known Member

    Boy if only it was that easy Brett:p!!

    I’ve called many around me & some out of state & all of them say that they no longer have any of them.

    Im trying to do this on the cheap since they’ll need to be blasted & powder coated.

    Kyle
     
  11. Dragdoc

    Dragdoc Well-Known Member

    image.jpg In the rear of my ‘72 Lark I have 275/60-15 M/T radial street slick on 8” wide with 5.25 backspacing. Fit is fairly close inboard but well away from the outer wheel lip. These were custom ordered from Wheelsmith, they have the 10 and 1/8th poverty cap lugs.

    I’m actually wanting to go to 10” wheel and 315/50 tires. I narrowed the rear frame rails so even more rom under the factory wheel wells!

    Will be selling my 275s and 8” at some point. Literally have less than 100 miles on them before car came apart for BBB and chassis work.
     
  12. newmexguy

    newmexguy Well-Known Member

    I may? have a single 15 x 7. Yes these cars have pretty much dried up in the yards, even down here. Last possible donor I saw was an '82 fullsize Olds. Three of the rims disappeared very quickly, I did take the remaining one.
     
  13. BrunoD

    BrunoD Looking for Fast Eddie

    I have 3 that are powder coated already.but they are more costly.I'll take $200.00 for the regular set,plus whatever the actual shipping cost will be.In other words,I'm too old to pack these things,to be told afterward that it costs too much.So my price for shipping is whatever it says on the package.Bruno.
     
  14. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    The trunks of caprices and clones usually provide decent 15x7 steel wheel cores. I just bought a couple for my 66. 20 for the pair. It was much cheaper and easier finding 15" tires.
     
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  15. '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl

    '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl Well-Known Member

    I sure wish I had your guys’ luck. I’m calling today & getting nuttin’!

    “We don’t have any or we just not have 20–& newer”.

    Grrrr:mad:!!

    Kyle
     
  16. '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl

    '72 Skylark Custom 4bbl Well-Known Member

    Would a Caprice Classic have the same wheels as a base Caprice?

    I see a few of them in a yard by me. Not sure if the wheels are still on though.

    Kyle
     
  17. 70lark350

    70lark350 Well-Known Member

    Stock 15x7’s powder coated
    Wheel Vintiques 15x8 with a custom backspace
    275 60 15’s
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  18. PatricksBuick

    PatricksBuick PatrickBuick

    how is this possible? I mean there are still yards with 40ies, 50ies, 60ies cars. How can all these standard GM cars from 77-89 disappear so quickly? A 2digit millions number of cars.... all gone? Unbelievable...
     
  19. newmexguy

    newmexguy Well-Known Member

    A lot of smaller family owned yards have closed over the last 20-25 years. Many crushed out in the mid 00's with the "fake" run up in commodity prices (Oil, Scrap, Pork Bellies etc.) Unprocessed cars (with drivetrains, interiors, tires etc) reached $265-$275 A TON in the El Paso TX area for a brief period, believe late '06 into early '07. A single seventies land barge netted many self employed scrap runners up to $600 a vehicle. The U Pull it model has taken over in many areas (not everywhere) also. Bring a row in, pull a row out nothing stays over a year for the most part, regardless of what it is.
     
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  20. PatricksBuick

    PatricksBuick PatrickBuick

    now you got me crying....
    I am very sentimental.
     

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