Wheels and Tires.
This seemed easy enough....... grab the four correct '60 rims between the two cars and go. Good thing I checked to see if any of them were bent. Three out the four were bent. Of the six remaining wheels, five of those were bent too! OK...... thought I could steal the rims off a '70 Electra parts car I have. Negative.... the center register hole at the hub is smaller on the '70. Won't work. Damn. I was able to grab the two best rims of the bent pile and carefully hammer 'em straight. Problem is all four of these rims are different from one another. Two 15 x 5.5s for the front and two 15 x 6 for the rear. This bugs the heck out of me but they'll do the job until I can find a matching set later. Just did a quick clean, power wheel strip, hand sand and paint the rims black.
The LeSabre originally came with the small center hub cap and body colored rims. Caps are supposed to be "BUICK" in block letters. Cool, but almost impossible to find in usable condition. I found a set of '61 caps that are close (in the pics) but these won't fit three of the early wheels that I have on the car. I'll have to run the optional full '60 covers (which are pretty damn cool too!) until I change the wheel situation. Had to paint all the rims black since you can see through the vents on the full caps. I hope to find a set of old aftermarket chrome reverse wheels with the correct Buick centers. Blast 'em, paint 'em body color with the correct caps. Would fill up those wheel wells and give it a little meaner, cop car package look.
I found out why so many of these wheels were bent. When I tossed the first one on my 40 year old Coats tire machine I didn't get wheel screw on the machine completely tight. It bent the center of the rim instantly when i started the bead breaker! On closer inspection these old wheels are some fragile junk. Thin, poorly stamped, little reinforcement. The '70 wheels are three times the quality and structure of these old things. The old wheels wouldn't survive a minor curb hit. Hence why so many of the ones I have are junk.
A couple a little bits...... Lug "bolts" are different front and rear. Wheels have protruding "bumps" for the bolts that secure the brake drums in the lug area. Holes for the pins too. The center register hole is the biggest I've ever seen on a Buick. You can't just toss on any 'ol 5 on 5 wheel on an early Buick.
Tires are just some old 225 75 15 whitewall radials I had sitting around. They'll do the job..............
Steve weim55 Colorado