New wheels/tires....'68 Bel Air Wagon - Impala Tech
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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-09-2010, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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New wheels/tires....'68 Bel Air Wagon

I just got new wheels for the wagon.

Its a 1968 Bel Air.
The wheels are flat black Coy C5's...very affordable.
18x8 with 4.5" backspacing and a 245/40 Nitto Invo in front.
20x10 with 5.5" backspacing and a 295/35 Nitto Invo in back.

Fit well and look amazing, pics don't do it justice.
I added an adjustable panhard to get the rear end right and reduce the lateral movement. I still have the slightest rub during hard roll conditions...steep driveway/hard corner. Its a minor rub so I'm not worried about it. I probably could have used a 5.25 backspacing.

I plan to minitub eventually so the rub will go away I can go with an even bigger tire.

This pic was taken immediately after dropping the jack so the front ends a little high. Futures plans include rear bar, bigger front bar, air ride, LS1+T56, twin turbo and 1000hp.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-14-2010, 12:11 AM
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Lookin good Wicked, glad everything worked out for you!

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-14-2010, 09:19 AM
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Ya know, I get on here multiple times every day and click "New Posts", and somehow I don't remember seeing this thread. Sometimes I think that button/link doesn't work 100%.

That's a lot of rubber in the back, I'm a little surprised those fit! Looks good man!

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-14-2010, 02:36 PM
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Nice wheels. Now you just need to tint the windows.

You have a very similar paint color to the one I have on my 70 wagon.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-14-2010, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks guys...She's coming along.

I measured quite a bit. And while they are quite tight, I think it will only get better. I will stiffen the susp and eventually do a minitub.

The car does need to come down little bit. Its riding a little high. But its at least level now.

And yes, tinting the windows is one of the next things on the agenda.

Drabina, the paint is, according to the previous owner, about 30 years old.
I get compliments about how good it looks. I originally wanted to go a matte black scheme but now may mix the stock color with the matte black or something else. May do a matte black vinyl wrap for now. I don't plan to paint the car for quite some time and that would allow me to see if I liked it before I committed.
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That's funny how a good match of paint color to the car can fool people. My car has somewhat crappy paint job but from a small distance it looks really good (especially right after a car wash). I also get compliments all the time. It is just when you look closely you notice bubbles, nicks and small imperfections all over the car.
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That's funny how a good match of paint color to the car can fool people. My car has somewhat crappy paint job but from a small distance it looks really good (especially right after a car wash). I also get compliments all the time. It is just when you look closely you notice bubbles, nicks and small imperfections all over the car.

I need to take the polish and orbital buffer to mine and see if I can improve it.
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Nice. Can I ask what "very affordable" was? I like the C5s, too...
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-15-2010, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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I will tell you what I paid.

Each front wheel....$225...
Each Rear Wheel....$325...
Nitto Invo Front...$150 each
Nitto Invo Rear...$250 each.
Mount, Balance, Shipping....$150
$2050 to my door.

Obvious 2G's is a lot of money. But considering the size of the wheels and the other options, this is very affordable.

There are other options if you don't want a 10" wide wheel in the back.
Go a little narrower and you have th Boss 338 and many other even more affordable options. The bigger you go, the less backspacing options you have, and the more expensive you get.
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Nice. I currently run 18x8.5 and 18x10s on one of my car, and may change them up.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-29-2010, 08:59 PM
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Coys are cool....

nice wheels man, im going with the chrome Coys C5s on my 68 ss too...
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