Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Re: 1966 galaxie 16" vs 17" wheel and brake combo
went to the Slammed and Cammed car show in Baton Rouge this weekend and realized a few things.
There was a fullsized car with the 17" US Wheels magnum 500s at the show. The non-stepped wheels did not look "right" at all when compared to a few nearby mustangs with the 15" original style wheels. So, I scratched the US Wheels version off my list. The rest of you probably already knew this, but I realized that the original style is a stepped (added in edit), two piece, chromed wheel.
Now I'm conflicted about using the monocast American Racing VN501 or the CNC cut Scott Drake wheels. I didn't see any of these at the show, so I'm not sure of how they look in person compared to the 15" wheel vintiques. they are stepped to mimick the two piece wheels but they lack the seam and they are not polished to mimick the chrome look (added in edit). American Racing does offer the VN500 as a polished two piece 17" wheel which seems to better mimick the smaller original wheels, but it costs over $200 MORE per wheel. I'm not sure if the look of at seam is worth $800. wish I could see the scott drakes, AR VN500 and VN501 in person.
All of the magnum 500 wheels at the car show were 15" (except for the one referenced above). the really nice looking setups had 275 rears and 225/235 fronts. they all used either Cooper Cobra GTs or BFGoodrich Radial TAs (or a funky looking no-name bias ply type tire). I looked at TireRack and Discount Tire and those seem to be the only two tires supporting the 15" muscle car market. the tech on those tires is 30+ years old. bummer
The show had plenty of 15", 17", 18", and 20" plus wheels on old cars. I know its all in preference, but I realized that the overall look of the 15" wheels just seems to "fit" on the 60s cars (maybe the cut of the wheel wells, or maybe the suspension stance?). this was upsetting, because visually I like the 15s but the 17" wheels have way better tire availability, tire technology, and accommodate larger and lighter brake rotors which reduces brake temperatures and unsprung weight (added in edit).
For tire diameter, I was originally looking at 28s on the rear and 27s in the front. at the show, a few full size cars had this setup. the 28 diameter tires looked good in the back of every vehicle at the show as long as it was a wide tire, but the 27" tires in the front looked a little big. I looked online at Tire Rack and Discount Tire and going down to 26" tires for the front drastically increases the number of tires available. Seems like wheels are getting larger but overall tire diameters are getting smaller at the same time. this worries me because the smaller diameter tires have lower weight ratings (added in edit).
Seems like I always see lots of mustangs, novas, chevelles, mopars, cadillacs, etc, but there's a lack of full size Fords at car shows in my area. In the last 5 years, I've only seen two Galaxies at car shows. one was a super nice 63 with the 427 double quad motor, and one was a 1978 that looked ratty like my 66. I've only seen two other Galaxies driving around my area... one was a white 1965 and the other was a red 1966. for not being rare cars, I'm surprised to see so few of them.
Last edited by lsugymrat24; 07-24-2019 at 09:00 AM.
Reason: added and revised info (edits are noted by parenthesis)