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Hi folks,
'64 Galaxie convertible is in need of some rubber (and really some rims...the 14's just don't do it justice). I find the whole rim-size thing quite confusing so I'm asking the pros...

Will these fit my car?
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*New* Set of 4 17" X 7.5 American Racing Casino Rims
-Glossy Black / Machined Wheels
-(Series AR 393)
-Size 17" X 7.5
-Bolt Pattern 4 X 100
-Off Set 45
-Backside setting 6.02
-Product Code AR 39377549

I think the black rims are a straight-sexy look on a bright (Guardsman blue) car.

thanks for the help
M
 

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Those wouldn't even bolt onto the hubs, 4 X 100mm, when you should need 5 x 4 1/2".
 

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IMO , dont do the big wheel thing . Stay true to the era of the car . For me I like 15s Picked me up a set of 15x7 & 15x8s supremes for my 63 galaxie running skinny whites . Im likeing the oldschool lowerrider look. If you like the big wheel thing the ones that look good to me are the retro styled ones. ;)
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best look for 64 galaxie is steel wheels, stock hubcaps , & narrow whitewall tires . I bought set of 17" Torq thurst wheels back in 2005... luckily i managed sell those....'
everything bigger than 15" looks incorrect for 60`s style !
 

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Y'all are lucky you can run 14"&15" wheels I've got to deal with the big ole 4piston disc brakes that came on my 66. A retro look is best in my opinion if you want to deviate from stock.


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best look for 64 galaxie is steel wheels, stock hubcaps , & narrow whitewall tires . I bought set of 17" Torq thurst wheels back in 2005... luckily i managed sell those....'
everything bigger than 15" looks incorrect for 60`s style !
It depends on what you're trying to do.

Personally, from an appearance perspective, what matters is that the tire overall diameter's at least 26.5in. All the OE tire sizes for these cars were around 27in. Anything smaller looks a little odd - I tried a set of 255/50-16s (just under 26in diameter) on my '64 and decided they just looked too short.

You see a lot of these cars running around on 14in wheels, and they're running some little tiny tire because you can't get anything bigger for a 14in wheel any more...sorry, I'm not into the low-rider look.

The more a modern standard of performance matters, the more important it is to give up on the 14s and even 15s and just go to a 16in wheel and 225/60-16 tire. Still leaves you plenty of sidewall. I'd think even a 17in would look fine with a 235/55-17 tire.

You pays your money and you takes your choice.
 

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I agree with 64 ragtop, here's a shot of my wife's Merc with the recently mounted original hubcaps and bias ply tires (is that correct?) Firestone 8.00x14 as the station wagons. We wanted more rubber in the fenders, both of us are very happy with the new look.
 

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I'm in the (no more than) 15" camp myself. Right now I'm still running these 'dinky' looking 215/14" wsw on stock blue painted rims and the dog dishes. Ultimately I plan on springing for AR Torq Thrusts O (straight spoke) and unsure on which tire (bsw or rwl, and which brand). Oh yea, the price tag has me living with what I got for the time being. Folks who look at the car give me about 50/50 feedback of leaving it as-is (or maybe going to 15" steel wheels and d/dishes) vs TTO wheels.

This is my Guardsman blue/white v-top Gal the other day after we added 2 more leafs, so she's 'unsettled' yet in this fresh photo. Still, gives you an idea of what folks who have said anything shorter than 27"-ish looks 'dinky'. These are 26-ish.
 

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Minn64Gal, I think that looks perfect. Something about the painted steels with dog dishes gives it a mean, "street tough" look. In the picture at least, the wheel size looks right on also.
 

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Personally, from an appearance perspective, what matters is that the tire overall diameter's at least 26.5in. All the OE tire sizes for these cars were around 27in. Anything smaller looks a little odd - I tried a set of 255/50-16s (just under 26in diameter) on my '64 and decided they just looked too short.

The more a modern standard of performance matters, the more important it is to give up on the 14s and even 15s and just go to a 16in wheel and 225/60-16 tire. Still leaves you plenty of sidewall. I'd think even a 17in would look fine with a 235/55-17 tire.

I was just going through this for my '67. It's got 225/70/14's on it now (26.4") Eventually I want to get some big disc brakes so I picked up a set of 17" Crown Vic wheels. It looks like 225/55/17's will be perfect for it at 26.7". If it doesn't work out I can put them on my Marquis. :)
 

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Minn64Gal, I think that looks perfect. Something about the painted steels with dog dishes gives it a mean, "street tough" look. In the picture at least, the wheel size looks right on also.
Thanks for your input! I appreciate other viewpoints besides my own "bias", pardon the pun. I tend to see what I see....I think we all do that on our own stuff. For now, budget prevents me from changing the look to what you see on EXracer4speed's Gal further down in this thread for example. That wheel/tire combo on that car sez "yep, you nailed it".

Here's a pic of mine today at the in-laws, the 7-leaf rear suspension settled now ...and I agree, those dinky 215/14s look like they fill the wheel wells adequately -but eventually I will do the upgrade. And besides, I have to say that a B-I-G car like this has to benefit from larger/fuller rubber (to a degree, that is).
 

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Minn, that car looks damn sleeper like(awesome). All i would do is order a taller and wider bias tire from firestone/bf etc for the rear.
Thanks EXracer ..... I like the current look alright, but.... at some point, I will make the change to 15" ...ala 15x6 up front and x8 in the rears, either body-matching 'vintique-like' rims & h/caps with b/s/w tires, or Torq Thrust O's and r/w/l BFGs, etc. Or..... do a "Leno" and have all 3 built-up for my wishy-washyness, lol, lol.

I will certainly post pics as things change.
 

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Back from the dead. I'm thinking of changing out my 200s for a set of 15x5 et wheels torq thrust front with a Firestone 640-15 and either painted or chrome 15x7 stockers for the rear with a 28-29" rear bias ply. I'm looking for the ol super stock look. I love the way bias ply look.
 
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