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jboymechanic
Posted 2017-09-18 10:21 AM (#548624)
Subject: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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I could use some advice. I need to make wheel decisions on both of my FL cars.

For my 1956 Imperial, I love the factory wire wheels with two spoke spinner as shown on this example Imperial:

https://bringatrailer.com/2014/04/06/no-reserve-1956-imperial-southa...

I have a set of these wheels, but they need restoration. New sets are also available, but they are expensive as seen here:

http://www.hobbycar.com/chrysler.html

I've thought about getting some alloy wheels that would be easier to keep clean and presentable, and really be less maintenance. Here is the only wheel I've found that I'd consider so far:

https://www.budnik.com/surfaced-series-wheels/artillery

I want something that is simple, yet elegant, to fit the Imperial to be matched with white walls, any suggestions? I also want to stay close to traditional size, so 15 or 16 inches (maybe 17, only since the car is so big). Until I make a decision, I may just get some low cost tires on my clean, steel dodge ram wheels and run the original wheel covers.

Any input is appreciated.
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Powerflite
Posted 2017-09-18 11:02 AM (#548630 - in reply to #548624)
Subject: Re: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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I'm not a fan of wire wheels. I like the original caps. I would use those with wider wheels, like 7" wide and put on 235x70 whitewall tires.
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56D500boy
Posted 2017-09-18 11:07 AM (#548632 - in reply to #548630)
Subject: Re: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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I think wires look good but if you want something different, there is something like this:

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GaryS
Posted 2017-09-18 11:52 AM (#548636 - in reply to #548624)
Subject: Re: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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I'm partial to '80 Cordoba 10-spokes. Classy and sporty, but not ostentatious, though I'm not sure how they'd look on a luxury car like an Imperial.



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56D500boy
Posted 2017-09-18 12:16 PM (#548637 - in reply to #548636)
Subject: Re: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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GaryS - 2017-09-18 11:52 AM
I'm partial to '80 Cordoba 10-spokes. Classy and sporty, but not ostentatious, though I'm not sure how they'd look on a luxury car like an Imperial.


Like these



Very crude Paint-o-shop:

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jboymechanic
Posted 2017-09-18 12:24 PM (#548638 - in reply to #548636)
Subject: Re: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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I like the wheels on this Cadillac, but would want a smaller OD, wider whites and no yellow. Original Imperial tires were about 30 inches in diameter, so I do plan to fill the wheel wells.

I believe the wheel is even called "Imperial" by Intro Wheels: https://introwheels.com/product/imperial/


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jboymechanic
Posted 2017-09-18 12:38 PM (#548640 - in reply to #548638)
Subject: Re: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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Like the Turbine wheels from American Racing also. Check out the 1961 Chrysler with the wheels (I wouldn't add any color)

http://www.americanracing.com/wheelbuilder.cfm?wimageid=14099#!&win...



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60 Imp
Posted 2017-09-18 4:09 PM (#548658 - in reply to #548624)
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Jon, the Intro wheels are the ones I recon, would look awesome on your Imperial. Here is a link to another site with those wheels showing the sizes available. I saw these same wheels some years ago, and thought they would look good on my 60 also.

Steve.

https://www.customwheelsdirect.com/wheel/model/3035/intro-wheels-imp...
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Beltran
Posted 2017-09-18 9:44 PM (#548670 - in reply to #548624)
Subject: RE: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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Penny in wires from Hobbycar.



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Viper Guy
Posted 2017-09-18 11:17 PM (#548673 - in reply to #548624)
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I'd stay with the wires - just my opinion.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2017-09-20 9:48 AM (#548774 - in reply to #548624)
Subject: Re: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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I agree about the look of the wire wheels, but I worry about keeping them clean.

Steve, thank you for the link on the Intro Imperial wheels, now I have an idea around cost.

Is there anyone out there that could do a good job photoshopping the Imperial wheels onto a 1956 Imperial coupe? Then I could have an idea of how they look on my car.

Edited by jboymechanic 2017-09-20 9:50 AM
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Powerflite
Posted 2017-09-20 11:08 AM (#548789 - in reply to #548624)
Subject: RE: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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How is this?



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LostDeere59
Posted 2017-09-20 12:34 PM (#548794 - in reply to #548789)
Subject: RE: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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That's some mad photoshopping skills right there . . .

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60 Imp
Posted 2017-09-20 4:35 PM (#548810 - in reply to #548624)
Subject: RE: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial


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Good skills Poweflite!!! In my opinion the 56 Imperial coupe is one of the best looking cars to come off a production line in the 50's. Whatever you decide Jon, you will have a fine looking car when yours is finished. Cant wait to see more pics of your ride.

Steve.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2017-09-21 8:55 AM (#548853 - in reply to #548624)
Subject: Re: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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Wow, thanks Nathan, exactly what I wanted to see. Now I'm heavily leaning towards these wheels. A set of 4 new wire wheels would be $1995 while these wheels in the same size would be $1220. Then there'd be money left for a nice set of tires too.

Steve, car should be done very soon, I plan to post more pictures when I pick it up. Target date is end of September with end of October being my absolute cutoff date.
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Beltran
Posted 2017-09-21 6:58 PM (#548899 - in reply to #548624)
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That is just darn pretty. I wish I had seen these before.
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60 Imp
Posted 2017-09-29 7:52 AM (#549389 - in reply to #548853)
Subject: Re: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial


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jboymechanic - 2017-09-21 10:55 PM

Wow, thanks Nathan, exactly what I wanted to see. Now I'm heavily leaning towards these wheels. A set of 4 new wire wheels would be $1995 while these wheels in the same size would be $1220. Then there'd be money left for a nice set of tires too.

Steve, car should be done very soon, I plan to post more pictures when I pick it up. Target date is end of September with end of October being my absolute cutoff date.


Jon, if you miss your deadline and you want to rid yourself of that pesky Imperial, let me know!

I look forward to the pictures mate.

Steve.
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57burb
Posted 2017-10-06 11:02 AM (#549881 - in reply to #549389)
Subject: Re: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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I have just never warmed up to modern wheels on'50s luxury cars. Those don't look bad.

So I wanted to see what a slightly newer set of Imperial wheels would look like on a '56. I kind of like these '63 caps. And they'd be pretty easy to keep clean!
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57burb
Posted 2017-10-06 11:03 AM (#549882 - in reply to #548624)
Subject: RE: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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Man, I hate this forum's attachment protocol. Let's try that again.



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60 dart
Posted 2017-10-06 2:31 PM (#549893 - in reply to #548624)
Subject: Re: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial



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57burb
Posted 2017-10-06 3:14 PM (#549894 - in reply to #549893)
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59 in Calif
Posted 2017-10-18 5:37 PM (#550561 - in reply to #548624)
Subject: Re: Wheel suggestions, 1956 Imperial


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I got a set of the 15" Tru spoke wire wheels. Gives the car ( 59 Dodge ) or any car a classy LOOK. But beware of BFGoodrich www. tires. I got a set of 4 and they have been my worst NIGHTMARE. I will never ever buy BFGoodrich again !!!!! Jerry
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