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Old 05-17-2019, 07:45 PM   #1
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Default Ideal 16" wheel

What is the ideal 16" wheel width for a '29 Tudor? The stock '35 wheel is 4" wide, but if I am buying a new reproduction wheel, I could get whatever I want, i.e., I don't need to stick with the rather narrow 4" width.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:36 PM   #2
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I would use original bent spoke Kelsey wheels but that may just be me. What kind of brakes are you using, you may need adapters?

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I would use original bent spoke Kelsey wheels but that may just be me. What kind of brakes are you using, you may need adapters?

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I have Lincoln brakes and the kit I bought has the adapters. I'm thinking that I may be able to go wider than the stock 4" width, but how much wider I don't know. 4" is pretty narrow by today's standards.


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How about a couple of pictures of your car? People could make a better recommendation if they saw the whole picture.

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I have Lincoln brakes and the kit I bought has the adapters. I'm thinking that I may be able to go wider than the stock 4" width, but how much wider I don't know. 4" is pretty narrow by today's standards.


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So the adapters are designed to let you run the early Ford (and Kelsey) wheels?

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Old 05-17-2019, 11:24 PM   #6
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I would probably run 600-16 all around (if not stockers) but if you are into big and little tires I think this post on HAMB came out very well, although I would have used a 16 for the spare. Go to https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/...1111340/page-9 and look for post 249. Be sure to read the whole thread, he did more than just change the wheels. I took the liberty of copying his picture. Any chance you have a local machine shop that could widen 16 inch Ford wheels or Kelseys? A bit of trivia, you can put 600-16 tires into a stock fender well on a '30-'31 (and I assume a '29) by letting some of the air out. Remember to carry a tire pump. Sure like to see a picture of your car.

By the way, what kind of new reproduction wheel are you considering? Did you check them out in the archives (here and on HAMB)?

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My rear rims are 5 1/2" wide to accommodate the 750x16 tires.
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What are your wheels and did you have a machine shop increase the width?

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What is the ideal 16" wheel width for a '29 Tudor? The stock '35 wheel is 4" wide, but if I am buying a new reproduction wheel, I could get whatever I want, i.e., I don't need to stick with the rather narrow 4" width.
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Charlie - OK, I just updated my profile as you suggested. Thanks for the suggestion. Bj
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I have stock 35 wires on my tudor. I run 650 - 16s rear 600 front. Been that way for 10 years. The rim width really depends on what width tire you use.

On my roadster I have 7 rears and 4 front. You also need to consider back space if ordering custom wheels.

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Width depends on stance and front height.

Rears are not as important, but if you don't get the fronts right, it looks like a turd.

I run 8/s and 6/s on my 28 pickup, but it is modified, so my tracks are different to stock.

I would guess a stock A would look good with 6 and 5 and lowered at front..
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