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Originally posted by 72FordGTS 72FordGTS wrote:

Originally posted by 7T9_Tbird 7T9_Tbird wrote:

Looks good!Thumbs Up Personally. I like the old "street fighter" stance.

 
+1, love the looks as it sits now.  Very nice looking ride. 
 
There is a ton of information in the technical section on coil springs including stance photos.  Most of it is for '72-73 Torinos, but your car is pretty much identical underneath to a '72 GTS so it should have the same stance as a '72 GTS with the same springs.


Thanks!
The more I look at it the more I wanna keep it as she sits.
I've been looking at the coilspring thread and believe I got the info I need. If need be, I can always cut the new springs to match this stance
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Albo74,
My name is Paul. I have a 73 Gran Torino That I bought new right out of high school.
It is in like new condition after a 2 year 100% frame up restoration, motor, Trans. and all.

I came accross the photo of your 74 Gran Torino and noticed the rear wheels, (P275/60R/15.
I am thinking of putting the same tires on the back of my Torino, but am concerned about the space they will have between the tire and the top edge of the fender well lip. And the tire and the frame just just in fron of the tire.

Can you tell me exactly how much space you have between the tire and the fender lip and also how much space between the tire and the frame in front of the rear tire. And what the back spacing is on your back wheels.

I am planning on getting the Cragar 15X8  4 1/4" back spacing  (Old School Spokes) for the rear and 15X7  4" back spacing for the front with 225/70/15 tires

How is the clearance in the front tires with turning?

Thanks for your time and help,   Paul


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those are 295's on my brown torino.  Plenty of room!  15x8 rims.  Could easily do a 305 or 315 (but I'd need new rims and go to 17's for tire variety)
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jason.forte

Thanks for the reply. Nice Torino you have with the tire and wheel set up!

I am thinking of 275/60/15 on the rear and 225/70/15 on the front with Cragars.

15X8 with 4 1/4" backspacing on rear..................15X7 with 4" backspacing on front

Just trying to get someone to let me know how much clearance there is between the wheel and the fender lip and the frame  with this rear setup on a 73 torino.

Close up photos would help.  Thanks,  Paul
                                                                                                             
                                                                                                 
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70's on the front are about what these cars came with originally most people are running 235/60's on the front, me i have 225/50/15's on the front of my car with the 275/60/15's out back Wink
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I Like the 275/60 in the back, but went with 245/60 in the front on a 8" rims all around.  I like a bit more tread on the front, corners keep sneaking up on me.LOL



Although i do have a little more fenderwell than some...Big smile
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The 79 T Birds are a classy looking car. Thanks for the photos and the info. Your wheels really compliment your car and the tires are a real nice fit all around.
Hoping to get a nice fit on my Torino.     Paul

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Thank you! The rims are Cragar Soft 8's in 15x8 w/4" backspace.  The centers are '90s Ford Ranger.  Good luck with your rim quest!Thumbs UpBig smile
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californiajohnny,

Wow, that seams like an interesting combination and an aggressive look.........
225/50/15's on the front with the 275/60/15's out back.
Can you post a profile of your car for us?  Thanks,  Paul
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Nice wheel and tire combo!
Who custom back set the Cragar wheels to 5" on the 15X10 and 4.5" on the 15X8?
I am looking for a wheel/ tire combo for my 73 Torino and I like your set up.  Thanks, Paul
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Cool, looks great...how did you put that scoop on?
Weld it?     I'm working on mine now.   
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Very nice Gran Torino you have.
I want the same wheels and tires on my 73 Gran Torino. I like the stance!!

I know the rear 15X8 wheels with 4 1/2" back spacing and 275/60/15 tires will fit on the rear.

My concern is will the 15X8 wheels with 4 1/2" backspacing and 245/60 15 tires have any clearance issues with the upper control arms in the front?

I have 14X7 stock sport wheels with  (4" back space)  and bias ply G/60/14 tires on all around now.

The tires are the max. width that I can fit on my rims. The tires do bulge out the sides more than normal.

The issue I have is that the front side wall tires that bulge out like they do, come about 1/8" away from the upper control arms. That's very close but they do clear.

I am wondering if I put the 15X8 rims with  (1/2" more backspacing)  that I have now on the front, if the side of the 245/60/15 tire will clear the upper control arm. The rim will be 1/2" closer in towards the upper control arm.

I am assuming you have 15x8" rims with a 4 1/2" backspacing up front with the Magnum 500's.
Was there any special adjustments that you had to make in order to fit your wheel/tire up front to clear the upper control arms, or any steering or rubbing issues?

How much space do you have between the side of your front 245/60/15 tire and the upper control arm?
 Can you please E-mail your response to my e-mail at:

donerightcarpentry@aol.com.

If not I will look for your response here.

Please forgive me, for this is the first time I am posting a message on this forum, so I am not quite familiar with the procedures of posting messages or where to read the response.

Thank you very much for your time.   Paul



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Raptor,
Nice Gran Torino.

What is the rim size and back spacing all around?

Did the tires and rims fit without any issues?

How much space do you have between the side wall of the front tires and the upper control arms?

Thank You for your time     Paul
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Without reading every page, can I put my P225/70R15 tires on a 15×8 wheel?
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Originally posted by handsofstone handsofstone wrote:

Without reading every page, can I put my P225/70R15 tires on a 15×8 wheel?

Should be able too.  Found this chart online;


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I think a 225 is a little narrow for a 8" wide rim myself. And a 70 series will be really tall.  GTS's only had about a 26.8" tire stock (G70-14 for most GTS), and those would be a lot taller.   I run 245/60R-15s on my 15x8s which is a tad shorter than stock.  Some guys run a 255/60R-15 on the same rim which are a tad taller than stock. Both will keep your speedometer reasonably accurate.
 
 
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The tires came with it.  Radar says the speedo is good. I would like to put 60 series all around eventually but didn't want to limit myself by getting 15×7 magnums. Buy once cry once.
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Sorry John, I didn't realize you wanted to reuse your existing tires, I skimmed your post too quickly.  You should be fine, but they will be on the narrow side and might be a bit tricky to mount.  225/70-15 BFG Radial T/A's are listed for 6.0" to 7.5" rims.
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No worries. I can't see a half inch making too much of an issue. Backspace has me a little confused.

The manual says 1/2" which is measured from center line of the wheel to the mounting surface. 

I was looking at a set of Magnums with caps and all lugs for $849. 5×4-1/2 with 4.25"backspace.
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I sold my rims for $300. 
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I used Wheel Vintiques 15x8s all around with 4.5" backspacing. They fit fine, lots of room. I suspect the 4.25 back space would be fine too.

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Same ones I have in my cart. Have to see if coker or jegs or summit has complete package for same price. These are on ebay.  
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I used to run 225/70-15 on 15x8 Wheels on my '80s Crown Vics.
Aftermarket steel that I could run the hubcaps on.
Gave the sidewalls a nice "square" look.
I would get "Touring" tires with wide tread for the tire size.
liked the look and how they worked.
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My tires are pretty new. I just want the magnums to put them on.
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