Wheel size options?

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I’m looking to put some new wheels and tires on my car, it has the originals still on it but the car is at the shop. I’m just wondering has anyone ran a 18” wheel and if so what width? Just wondering if a 18” will fit without rubbing. Thanks.

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You need to take some time to do some careful fitment research. There is no way an 18" rim would fit on a 1960 Corvair 4-door sedan!

To start, click on the link below. You will likely be looking at 14" or 15" wheels with a 4-lug bolt pattern.
P195/70R14 (all, good replacement for 1960 - 65 6.50-13)
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P195/60R15 (all, good replacement for 1960 - 65 6.50-13)
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That’s why I’m asking, it looks like there is enough real estate to fit them just wasn’t sure if anyone has done it yet.

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These are some of the larger wheels I have seen on a custom Early Model (1960-1964) Corvair...

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Here is Stephan Håbet's (NorwayCorvair) fascinating 1961 Corvair custom from Europe (Norway).
It was chosen as the Corvair Forum 1960-1964 Corvair of the Year award recipient in 2014.
The wheels and tires are 16x8 XXR wheels that is a modern take of the classic Minilite wheels. The center got a spray of Gulf orange and the center caps were machined down to get rid of the logo. Wheels are 205/40-16 but will in the near future be changed to road slicks in the same size for the look.
XXR 8-spoke wheels
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Those look good!

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I've got 17x7 wheels on my '64 with no modifications to the body at all. I think they look stupid but the handling is much better.
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Super size wheels on an EM Corvair tends to look ridiculous, and poorly done on the rear makes for poor looks, handling, and tire-destroying camber angles...Perhaps SHOW, but NO GO! :cool: ::-): :eek:
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Spotlight-o-rama: An All American Selection
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BY Mike Garrett
26TH MARCH 2013

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In yesterday’s post I gave you guys a broad view of the Goodguys All-American Get Together in Northern California, and today I’d like to narrow in and focus on some of the specific cars that caught my interest at the show. As I mentioned in the first post, there was huge variety of cars that came out – and I think this selection of six vehicles conveys that pretty well.

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Let’s begin with one of those most unique,and also one of the coolest cars I found all day – a 1961 Chevy Corvair Lakewood wagon lowrider. Now just seeing any Corvair wagon is quite rare in itself, but to see one dumped to the ground on wire wheels is something completely unexpected.

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With the rear wheels cambered well into the fenders, it gives the car a slightly European or Japanese vibe. It’s fitting, considering how much different the Corvair was from any other American car of the era.

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Elsewhere, the car was very subtle. The body (with the exception of some mild shaving) and interior were largely original – and in pristine condition.

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It’s always great to see people think outside the box, and that is exactly what the builder of this unique cruiser did. Well done!
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Camber has nothing to do with wheel size. That wagon has crazy camber because it is lowered so much. Ride height determines camber on the rear on EMs.
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Perhaps all of that negative camber on the rear was needed to let the wheel/tire combination clear the Lakewood body without hitting the unique Lakewood wheel well opening. If the rear springs were not cut, the tires probable would not fit without a body modification.
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If that is the case how do they install the wheels? Drop the drivetrain?
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I suppose that jacking up the rear of the car to install/remove the oversized wheels/tires would provide the needed installation room. The problem is body clearance while the car is on the ground and the vehicle is being driven. The negative camber (provided by shortening the rear springs) might prevent the wide tires from contacting the body when the car is driven or moved. But to me that kind of "custom" work does not provide a good outcome. The "low rider" configuration results in a show car that is not really practical or a good vehicle for the road. It is strictly a show piece where compromise in favor of show has priority over drive-ability. :dontknow: :sad5: :cool:
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Here's another approach toward building a unique lowrider...

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A lowrider (sometimes low rider) is a customized car with a lowered body. ... Given these specific characteristics, while a lowrider is always a lowered car, a lowered car is not always a lowrider. The term is used to describe a class of vehicle, not simply the height from ground to chassis.
:link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowrider
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"I suppose that jacking up the rear of the car to install/remove the oversized wheels/tires would provide the needed installation room."
Brad,
Think about that for a second. The suspension swings through the same arc when you jack up the car as it does when you drive the car. If the wheel or tire will hit something at any point in the travel it will do it no matter if you are driving or using a jack.
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