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Currently my 72 Elco has custom aluminum 14" x 6" wheels and they look fine, but I've been thinking of going to 15" wheels and tires.

What style and size of 15" wheels for the front and rear do you think would like best without costing a fortune?

I have a brand new 393 stroker motor to put in it once I get the bodywork done.

Thanks,

Doug
 

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I'm using Series 62 Wheels from Summit.. In the photo I had them painted black with chrome lugs like we had in the 60s and 70s.. I'm having them painted the same color as the car now with the stock dog dish hub caps..

I used 15x7 with a 4.25 back space.. They fit perfect.. In the photo I have an old set of 255/60r15 front and 275/60r15 rear.. These tires are too wide for a 7" rim.. If going to wide tire best to get the 8" rim with 5" back space..

It's best to have rim width the same as tread width for best handling and looks..
 

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I love the look of the red el Camino, the blue 69 is mine..

I'm doing the same wheel set up as the white el Camino..

I wish I could get all the suspension specs of the red el Camino.. To me, it is one of the most perfect cars I ever saw!
 

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Wheel &Tire Sizes

On my '68, I have 15 X 6 wheels on the front and 15 X 7 on the rear. Wheel backspacing is 4 1/2 inches at all corners. Front tires are 235 50.15 and rears are 245.50.15. The wheel wells are full at this size - 245s on the front hit the wheel wells under hard cornering, and 255s will rub if mounted on the rear. Those are the fit characteristics for my completely stock '68...............Ken
 

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I love the look of the red el Camino, the blue 69 is mine..

I'm doing the same wheel set up as the white el Camino..

I wish I could get all the suspension specs of the red el Camino.. To me, it is one of the most perfect cars I ever saw!
That red elco looks like mine.

I got 15s on mine with 215s in the front and I think 235s in the rear.........also 2 inch drop front and back.


 

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I found the classic wheels - Western Turbine wheels!

He has (4) 7" and (2) 8" wide wheels. I can pick all 7" or a pair of each.

Should I go with all 7" or should I use the 8" wheels in the rear?

 

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They say you want the wheel width as wide as the tread width..

I'm using 225/70r15s all the way around with 15 x 7 wheels..

Thank for the info Kevin, nice el Camino!
 

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I have (4) 225/70 R15 tires so they are 27.4" tall and 8.9" wide. I guess the (2) 8" wheels are actually 8.5" wide with 4" backspacing. Will the 8.5" wide wheels fit in the rear without any modifications so they won't hit anything?
 

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Nice ride Keven!15x7's?And what's the backspace?Thanks,Bill.
Thanks Bill. Yes...15x7 in the front but I think the backs 15x8 or maybe 9. Couple inches wider than the front it looks like. Fits nicely under the well (the look I like). I can't take credit for that though....the previous owner (a friend) did all that before I get her.

These are fun rides.
 

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I bought all (4) 15 x 7 wheels as it will make it easier to rotate the tires around when that needs to be done.
 

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My 70 has American TT vn215 wheels and Nitto 555 G2's mounted on it,now.
18x9's w/5" backspacing (0 offset) and 255/35/18's on the front
20x10's w/5.75" backspacing (+6 offset) and 305/30/20's on the rear

In the planning now are either 17x9's & 275/40/17's or 18x9's & 285/30/18's for the front. For the rear, I'll go with either 17x11's or 18x11's, with 315's.
 

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Clint44 do those ones on your 70 work well, no rubs? I have the chance to get a set of Foose wheels with 245/35-ZR18 in the front and 285/30 -ZR20 in the rear, I don't know the backspacing though, trying to find out.
 
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