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I bought my new rims and tires yesterday which are 15x8 with 4.5 bs and 275/60/15 MT drag radials. When i tried to put them on they will not fit between the hub and the fenderwell,the rearend is as low as it will go (jackstands under the frame) I let the air out of the tire and finally forced it on but when I install the exstended wheel studs this will not work.I know people are runnig bigger tires then this,How do you get them on?
When they are on there are no clearence issues at all,plenty of room all the way around.
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I know what you mean, because when I tried my brothers stang rims 17" GT rims with 275/40's, I had to rest the cars frame on stands pretty high off the ground. I'm pretty sure that I tilted the bottom inside and kinda let them fall on the ground face first. Hard to explain but it worked and not a big deal. Havent tried with a 15" rim but the same combo will more than likely go in my car too so I'd like to know too.
 

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I just bought this car and it still has a old set of air shocks on it,the lines are not even hoked up,( i intend on replacing the shocks in the near future) maybe they do no extend as far as regular shocks.Because I slid the bottom of the tire under the hub first and angled it in and all the weight is off the axle, it is just hanging there. THANKS GUYS!!!!!!!!!
63 boxtop you can get 30/12.5's without clearence issues? I wanted to get 28/12.5' but i thought they would rub.

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I undo the bottom shock bolt. It lets the diff drop an extra inch or two.
I put the wheel up in behind the diff and then bring it forward. Its a bit of a jiggle to get my 10.5" slicks around the 3" studs.

63boxtop, what make of tires and backspace are you running? My slicks are on a 4 1/2" BS wheel and their almost on the spring.A 12.5x28 would look great if you could find the right combo.
 

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Some exact measurements on the tires and wheels would be great. Especialy the tread width and back spacing.
Got any close up or near pics other than the profile photo? Fronts look like pro-stars.
Pretty cool lookin beast you got there 63'.
 

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Did you see the program on TV last night about a 1969 Camaro restoration and Auction? It was on before Overhaulin' but I don't remember the name. Anyways they put some really wide low profile wheels and tires on that Camaro and they used an air shear to cut the fender lip back. Said they can usually gain about 1/2" or more by doing that. Might help.
 

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I saw the show...for $56K, I expected a much better product.

The number of people making a business out of building "speculation" vehicles, made just for sale to the highest bidder does nothing of long term benefit for the hobby. I have seen 2 of those shows so far and come away very disappointed with the paint, polish, show and shine attitude they seem to reveal. Is that really how professionals build a car? If so, no wonder so many of us build our own.

Cutting out the inside fender lip may give you clearance, but it removes a very important stiffening element from the fender. The shape is what keeps the fender from flapping in the breeze or flexing when the car goes over rough roads.

It's bad enough to "roll" the inner fender, cutting it shows Piss poor prior planning - like they say..."Would you buy a used car from this man?"... for me - I think not.

Much as some of you have gotten all over Foose, OverHauling or Boyd Coddington for some of the things they did/do ... at least they usually seem to care about the car and what ends up going out the door.

That show seems more interested in profit potential and turn over. They could just as easily use the same business model on house remodeling - Make ovr shows are not about building something to be proud of..its all about smoke and mirrors, "Curb appeal". I give that show 4
...the only reason it didn't get a full 5 - at least it was about cars.
 

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I've seen guys use a jack and piece of wood to "stretch" the fender wells an inch or more...you have to be very careful to not get any creases in the quarter panel.

Since those cars ( 60 - 64 Galaxies) are so slab sided...when you look down the side of the body, its pretty obvious what you did. If you need the clearance, then do what you think is right. I would try to find a way other than bending the fenders or cutting out the lip. airing down the tire dis seem to work didn't it? Just be sure to carry a couple of cans of tire fix or something else that will re-inflate that ire if you have a problem.
 

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Shoot, i have to use a bumper jack and hydraulic to change regular ol tires. Just not much room between the fender well and the hub. When i actually get good shocks and springs I'll probably have loads of fun then. lol

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my car is in no way perfect but thereis no way in hell I'm gonna cut,trim and or stretch my fenderwells.I would simply buy different tires. Now I am not against unbolting my shocks to get the axle to drop if that is what it takes.By the way I did roll the fenders on my 90 lx stang, but the galaxie, no way!!!!!
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my car is in no way perfect but thereis no way in hell I'm gonna cut,trim and or stretch my fenderwells.I would simply buy different tires. Now I am not against unbolting my shocks to get the axle to drop if that is what it takes.By the way I did roll the fenders on my 90 lx stang, but the galaxie, no way!!!!!
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I think the discussion was about cutting the lip off, not about rolling the lip. However, rolling the lip is not a perfect solution, just a more acceptable solution to PPPP. ... I mean is that extra 1/4 - 1/2 inch really THAT important? Having the full fold in the metal keeps the fender stable. Taking some fender stiffness away, by rolling the lip is the problem. The shape gives the fender rigidity. You can easily bend a flat piece of sheet metal...but a panel with a few structural bends in it, can hold a lot more weight with out buckeling. Look at the newer cars...you get door dings in body panels by taking a hard stare at the door...no structual bends and no molding or chrome strips for support.

We are not talking about the Rosetta stone here..this is well known knowledge.

Agreed...you do what you gotta do...that doesn't mean it's the best way, just the that its the best alternative for your present situation, wallet, skill level or planning ability. Compromise is part of building anything.

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On 2006-04-15 14:48, GalaxieInOregon wrote:
I have 275/60/15 on my 64, I just jack up the car from the frame and angle the wheel from the bottom of the hub and tilt it up and it fits and i have no rubbing anywhere.. Works great..
What kind of tires, I don't think a regular 275/60/15 will be the same dimensions as a 275/60/15 M/T drag radial.
 
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