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  1. #1
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    Default Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

    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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    John

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    Default Re: Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

    Quote Originally Posted by Grum.Man View Post
    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.




    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

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    Default Re: Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

    That looks sweet! Love how you took a different approach is using a 4 door. Really nicely done.
    Shawn
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    Default Re: Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

    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.
    1965 Buick Special
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    Default Re: Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

    Quote Originally Posted by sriley531 View Post
    That looks sweet! Love how you took a different approach is using a 4 door. Really nicely done.
    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.
    1965 Buick Special
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    Default Re: Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

    Quote Originally Posted by Grum.Man View Post
    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.
    Looks sweet!

    I really like a well done 4 door, good to be different!
    Justin
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    Default Re: Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

    wish more 4 door cars where built
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    Default Re: Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

    Quote Originally Posted by nekkidhillbilly View Post
    wish more 4 door cars where built
    I have noticed more 4drs being built, in many forms, lately. Cheaper to buy and the sleeper effect are two major draws.
    Jerry
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    Default Re: Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

    I've seen quite a few 4 doors and wagons on the Power Tour. More room can be very practical.
    Jim
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    Default Re: Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

    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.
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    Default Re: Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

    Quote Originally Posted by Smokey15 View Post
    I have noticed more 4drs being built, in many forms, lately. Cheaper to buy and the sleeper effect are two major draws.
    oh I have too lately. still I love seeing one it stands out.
    66 skylark 2 dr hartop...... in progression
    07 silverado 3500 hd 6.0
    12 kia sorento sx
    99 f150
    89 dodge spirit
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    Default Re: Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

    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.
    Russ
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    Default Re: Pro-Touring 65 4 Door

    Love it! Very nice ride
    Shaun Spoerle
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