HELP! Doing a RESTOMOD and need modern wheels and tires!

You just finished the bodywork on your '67 Ford and don't want the 14x5.5 wheels, you want the 17x8 chrome wheels to finish off the look!

Here is a road map to matching a custom wheel and tire combo to your classic car or restomod.

OffsetBolt Pattern1. Bolt pattern. You can’t just say, “It’s a Ford or Chevy.” You need to know the EXACT bolt pattern.  Often the Galaxy versus the Mustang for example had a different bolt spread due to different load ratings. 

2. Offset. You need to know your current offset. This can be calculated if you have the backspacing.  In order to calculate though, you need backspacing and wheel width and we can help from there. Even if you are going to make a dramatic change, your previous offset can be a good reference point!

3. Check your clearance. Jack up your car and lower it down onto jack stands so that your vehicle’s suspension is compressed. Turn the wheel left and right and see what type of clearance you have. Make sure you have the measurements on your baseline wheels to give us a starting point and we can go from there. With your baseline plus the clearances at the fully turned points, we can start to paint a picture of what your vehicle will be able to handle. 
4.  If you want to take it a step further, lower the vehicle onto about 4 inches of 1X6 stacked up on one corner. Then jack from the opposite corner slowly, with a spotter of course to handle the jack while you are observing. This simulates compressing your suspension, so you can get an accurate indication of how much travel you have and how that affects the wheel tire clearance in the wheel well.

5. Know your car! Find out what outside diameter maximums your tires can handle or what others have run on similar cars. If your car is fully custom, then mock something up with cardboard and work out the dimensions yourself. Always check forums and other fans of your car. If you have a Ford Galaxy, join the Galaxy Club of America and glean some info from other members!

With this wheel and tire information, along with your clearance info, we can help! Get in touch and we will get that classic Ford out of the garage in time for the spring car shows!


Monday, December 3, 2012 by Randy Smith

I need info for wheels with 3.5" backspace. This is for a 36 FORD truck on a Ranger frame Diameter is not an issue with these fenders.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by

Randy, if you have retained the Ranger hubs/brakes, the best place to start is looking at the wheels we offer for a Ranger. Not all will have 3.5 backspace but it will give you a good idea of styles that we have that fit your bolt pattern and hub.

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