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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for stock wheels for '65

Took my car to the shop to chase out a highway vibration. The mechanic suggest that a find a new set of rims, because mine will not balance up good. Was wondering what the stock size is (14×6?) and if there was a good place to buy new ones. I want to keep my original wheel covers and white walled tires. Also be willing to buy any used ones you guys might have if they are in good condition.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 12:13 PM
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Another source of a vibration at speed is the drive shaft. If it was assembled out of phase or you have lowered the car (and thus affected the pinion angle) it can set up vibrations.

The original wheels were 14 inch by 5-1/2 inch wide; made by one of three vendors. Kelsey-Hayes made the high performance wheels (Police and Heavy Duty Service such asa on a taxi or station wagon), and all rally wheels. They were 14 x 6 in size.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info Big Dave! The driveshaft was checked and was okay. I may let the problem develope and see if it becomes more obvious of the cause. Right now the vibration occurs occasionally at 50+ mph and most of my daily commute is under 45 mph.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-30-2017, 10:07 PM
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Chances are it is the wheels that are not balancing. You can try and move the ones in the front to the rear and see if it lessens or makes the problem go away. On the off chance that it is not wheel related, Big Dave cited the next most common problem - the driveshaft. Typically that appears between 45mph - 60mph. But I will throw in some additional causes -- 1.) Tires. But I suspect the mechanic checked for that. Again, could be alleviated or mitigated by rotating the wheels to the back. 2.) Less common could be brake rotors. Not sure if you still have 4 wheel drum or disc brakes but that can cause the issue you are describing. Good luck.
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