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Re: Vacation Car - 56 Patrician
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CarFreak
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Thank you Humanpotatohybrid for sending the bushings! I got those installed and the front glass is in as well. I just need some time to finishing installing the motors and regulators and trying everything out to make sure it all works.

I installed the horns and in the process I created and installed a headlight relay harness to take the load off of the dash switch. I am thinking I am going to put an alternator on it and potentially get the dash alt meter changed out to a voltmeter. Still havent decided on that.

I got the front bumper mesh polished and sealed. I am going to hopefully bring out the other front bumper this weekend, but I am trying to decide if I want to go the route (and expense) of replating both bumpers. I used tri city plating in TN before and they were reasonable, but that was on a smaller bumper.

had the father in law over to do some light sanding and buffing and the paint is turning out real well! which is why I was thinking of getting bumpers plated.

also looking at getting different wheels. I like the look of the wire wheels, but I dont know how big of a pain it will be to keep them clean. Furthermore tire selection is pretty slim, and expensive if you go white walls. There is this company called deluxe wheel company that makes a 20" wheel, that includes the white wall on the wheel and allows you to use your standard 15" hub cap. That gives you the selection of 20" tires. but the smallest width is 8 inches and I have no idea how that will interact with the rear wheel wells and front suspension.

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Re: Vacation Car - 56 Patrician
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I must admit I had not heard of these wheels before. I was prepared to be appalled but they look better than expected. They might work. I would ask questions around the wheel offset. They will result in a harder ride because the sidewall of the tire will be stiffer.

Posted on: 1/25 14:28
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Re: Vacation Car - 56 Patrician
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bkazmer
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Available widths look way too big

Posted on: 1/25 14:29
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Re: Vacation Car - 56 Patrician
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kevinpackard
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I took a look at Deluxe Wheel just now. I'll be honest, I don't think it's going to look as good in person. It leaves the wheel looking very "shallow" to me.
Sidewalls can't flex as much. Plus you're looking at ~$900 just for the rims, and you still need to get tires. I would just get Diamondback tires made with the whitewall width you want. They will look better and handle great.

If it were me, I would get good whitewall tires before I replated the bumpers. If the bumpers are serviceable then use them as is for now, and replate later. People will notice the whitewalls long before they notice bumpers.

-Kevin

Posted on: 1/25 14:37
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Re: Vacation Car - 56 Patrician
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Packard Don
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Be sure to check your hub diameter and the center hole of the wheels but I suspect you'll have issues fitting the larger wheels into the wells, especially the rear. Even modern radials in a size close to the original bias ply sometimes have issues getting them in!

Posted on: 1/25 14:49
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Re: Vacation Car - 56 Patrician
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The deluxe wheels are 2 inches wider, which is why I am a little concerned with clearances. but I cant say they would look terrible, a little wider contact patch really doesnt hurt, IF they can fit.

Yes the side walls would be a lot smaller, and may mean a "rougher" ride. But given the characteristics of the suspension I think it can handle it. It just means there would be more movement of the suspension.

There was a guy on facebook that had a 56 400 (he sold it a year or so ago) that had 20" wheels with diamond backs 20" white wall tires and according to him it road better with the larger rims. I never got a ride in it since I am in PA and I believe he was in SC or FL.

Posted on: 1/25 15:35
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Re: Vacation Car - 56 Patrician
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However, the guy that had the 56 400 with the 20 inch wheels had 20x8 with 4.75" max back spacing... which is very different than the .5 back spacing on the Deluxe Wheel website.

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