Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

Discussion in 'Pro-Touring' started by Grum.Man, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. Grum.Man

    Grum.Man Well-Known Member

    Finally got the Viking coilovers, UMI upper control arms, and wheels on. Haven't driven it yet as the rear tires are rubbing on the inner fender. Plan to machine the mounting flange down tomorrow. When it's time to order tires again I will go with a 30 rear tire instead of a 35, they look too much bigger than the fronts for my taste as they sit.

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  2. 1965Buick

    1965Buick Well-Known Member


    Grum.Man,

    I like the look of it! I also think the stance is good as well. I was wondering if you would share the stats on the wheel/tire combo and the suspension? Which springs, shocks, wheel size, back spacing, and make and model, plus whatever info you don't mind sharing on it. I'm looking at putting 15x8 with 5 inches of back spacing on the back of my 65 Skylark and running 275/75R15's, but I haven't figured out what to run on the front yet. I like your wheel choice they look good!

    Thanks,

    Doug
     
  3. sriley531

    sriley531 Big green hunk of $#*^....

    That looks sweet! Love how you took a different approach is using a 4 door. Really nicely done.
     
  4. Grum.Man

    Grum.Man Well-Known Member

    Doug,

    the wheels are Vision 143 Torque wheels 20x9.5 5.25 BS rear, 18x8.5 4.5 BS front. Tires are Mikey Thompson 265/35-20 and 245/40-18. Rear springs are stock sagged springs. Front is Viking double adjustable coilovers with UMI .9" raised baljoint upper control arms. The front is sitting about an inch lower than the stock springs that were worn out. My guess is 2-3" lower than new stock springs. Replaced the lower control arms with Stock replacements and installed energy suspension sway bar links.

    If ordering the same rear wheels you will need 5.5 BS as mine rub at 5.25.
     
  5. Grum.Man

    Grum.Man Well-Known Member

    Thanks! Obviously I would have loved a 2 door but for me the 4 door cars are so much cheaper to purchase it just made more sense.

    I pick up the 455 tomorrow so next phase will be under way before I even get the tires dirty.
     
  6. Taulbee2277

    Taulbee2277 Silver Level contributor

    Looks sweet!

    I really like a well done 4 door, good to be different!
     
  7. nekkidhillbilly

    nekkidhillbilly post whore

    wish more 4 door cars where built
     
  8. Smokey15

    Smokey15 So old that I use AARP bolts.

    I have noticed more 4drs being built, in many forms, lately. Cheaper to buy and the sleeper effect are two major draws.
     
  9. gs66

    gs66 Well-Known Member

    I've seen quite a few 4 doors and wagons on the Power Tour. More room can be very practical.
     
  10. Grum.Man

    Grum.Man Well-Known Member

    Got the wheels machined today. I was only comfortable taking 1/8" off but that was enough to clear the fenders. I get an ever so slight rub over really big bumps. If it becomes a problem I will have to take a hammer to the inner fender. As for the Vikings, I am shocked at how good they rode. They feel just as compliant as the stock springs but without the floating. I have them set for the recommended comfort cruise mode. With the umi uppers the front end tracks much better and I can tell the rear is now the hold back. I didn't get any noticeable nvh from the rod ends that I feared. Now just got to double check the bolts, and grease all the ball joints.
     
  11. nekkidhillbilly

    nekkidhillbilly post whore

    oh I have too lately. still I love seeing one it stands out.
     
  12. Dr. Evil

    Dr. Evil Silver Level contributor

    Very nice. Keep the info coming, we can add it to the collective knowledge needed for our early A bodies. I just installed a jeep grand Cherokee steering box in mine to tighten up the steering.
     
  13. SPS

    SPS Member

    Love it! Very nice ride
     
  14. darkstar02496

    darkstar02496 LT1 into .....everything

    Looks good, I've been working on my 4door for 8 years and it's still in many pieces. I have a old thread on here in the pro touring section somewhere.
     
  15. lostGS

    lostGS Well-Known Member

    There is a guy in Colorado who built a 65 Chevelle 4 door. He runs it in the Good Guys autocross every year. Does quite well. Neat car.

    Tim
     
  16. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    I like the car, nice work!
     
  17. Bygblok

    Bygblok Well-Known Member

    loving the look of the 4-door and the stance is perfect! I've been trying to find a decent combo for the setup on my 66 special and just can't nail down what I want to do yet. Too many options for this old brain to get wrapped around.
     
  18. gs66

    gs66 Well-Known Member

    I like it too, well done!
     
  19. Grum.Man

    Grum.Man Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the compliments. I am trying to find some ways to add some sportiness to it. Some sort of stripe, splitter, or spoiler. Was thinking red corvette style GS stripes on the fender. I know it's not right for the car, but it's still "GS". Also thought about doing stripes like the 67 GS 340. Any photo shop pros that could help me out would be appreciated.
     
  20. Bygblok

    Bygblok Well-Known Member

    I'm a little confused about where the wheels/tires were hitting. You have a 9.5" wheel with 4.25bs and it's hitting the inner fender in the rear? It would seem to me it would hit more with a 5.5" backspace......or was it hitting on the inside of the 1/4 itself? I have have a set of billet specialties 9.5/5.5 bs wheels and with the 4"+ it won't fit under my 66 special. I can't use anything more than 3.5" to the outside without clearance issues. Maybe I'm just not seeing this right...........man I love that 4dr!
     

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