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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote californiajohnny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-December-2014 at 1:15PM
paul, i just looked at the pics again you have a standard dash, are the wipers non delay? probably, if you can't find parts locally, i have a good std fuel gauge and std wiper switch out of my car both worked fine! let me know if you need them


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found a fuel gauge on ebay but only compatible with sport gauge package, which I don't have. Ouch
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Still waiting for my body guy to finish aligning the doors when they're closed and installing the sport mirrors. Then a fluids change, new fuel filter, and start on the wheels. I'm going with Goodrich TA radials and working on the rims. Found a local supplier for Ansen slot mags but I want my garage to confirm bolt pattern before I order them
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got it back from body guy, looks better, fluid changes done. Got a local Ansen dealer asking $170 for the rims, VN69 polished slot mags. He's suggesting 215/70/15 tires up front, 275/60/15 in back. I agree with the back sizing, not sure about the front? Seems narrow. Thoughts?Question
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote californiajohnny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-December-2014 at 1:42PM
paul, i haven't been able to get to the post office yet on your parts, hopefully tomorrow,
 tires: what about a 225/60/15? some tire manufacturers don't offer a 235 but they have a 225, and the other way around. a 235/60/15 may be tight on a 7" rim, and a 70 series is pretty tall, i'd go with a 60 series, i think both of those sizes are available in the bfg t/a tire
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Regul8r Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-December-2014 at 1:58PM
225/60 or 235/60 are the way I would go.
I went with 235/60
 
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Hey Regul8r, do you have any pics here of your ride?
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John, whenever you can get to the post office is great. I checked bfg site and they make a 225/70/15, I'm still thinking 235/60 might be the way to go.
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New tires.
Not mounted yet.
 
Here are 17 pages of tire/wheel pics and discussions...
 
the best and probably most common combo on our 72-79 cars is 275/60/15 rear and 235/60/15 front.
they work well with 8" rims all the way around.
Nice rake, handles the weight, fits the wheel wells nice etc...
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Up and running this morning. It was cold. note the sport mirrors. Going to order wheel package tomorrow.
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Nice Torino!  What part of Ontario are you from?  What engine do you have in it?  Nice to see another Canadian.
I don't know if you've decided on you wheels or not yet, but here's my experience.  I have 15 x 8" wheels at all four corners on my 1972.  My wheels are repro Magnum 500's and they have a 4.5" backspacing.  There is good clearance all the way around and the front wheels don't rub at full lock.  The rears still have tons of room.
 
Now I didn't want the small/big tire look on my car, so I went with 245/60R-15's in BFG Radial T/A's all the way around (they were also close to the original G70-14's in diameter).  No issues with tire clearance and the BFG's are great street tires.  I wouldn't go smaller than a 235/60-15 in the front and a 245/60-15 or 255/60-15 would work well too.   The two smaller tires size could use a 15x7 or a 15x8 rims.  The 225/70-R15's are too short of a tire for they big wheel wells (in my opinion). These cars understeer and a tire too small on the front end will only make that worse.  The 275/60-15's are a great size for the rear and are not too far off the original tire diameter.
 
Obviously the look you are going for may dictate your tire choice.
 
Keep in mind the stock tires for your car is HR78-14's, which 27.6" tall. 
 
Here are some other specs to keep in mind when selecting a tire.  These are all available in the BFG Radial T/A line.
 
225/60-15's are 25.6" tall
235/60-15's are 26.1" tall
245/60-15's are 26.6" tall
255/70-15's are 27.0" tall
275/60-15's are 27.9" tall


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Hey thanks, I'm in Ancaster, near Hamilton. It's a 351 Windsor,  nothing outside the ordinary, seems to run well. Gotta get use to these non-injected engines again. I've decided on 235/60/15 for the front and 275/60/15 for the rear. I checked the BFG site and it lists the 275's at a diameter of 71.1cm and the 235's at 66.3 cm diameter. I want the rear end up a bit. Going with Ansen sprint mags, 15x7 in front and 15x8 in back. And of course the BFG radials.
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Here's another company offering the vintage slot mag wheel.... US MAGS
 
 
 
 
15x5, 15x7, 15x8
product data sheet
 
15x8, 15x9, 15x10, 17x9
 
I think they look more vintage correct than the Ansen's from American Racing...
 
 
 
But that's my opinion. Not sure if you were aware of the US Mags or not......
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Thanks, I'm checking them out now.
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Strange thing, on the US mag site, when I enter my postal code, it shows closest dealer 75 miles away. When I search their list of international dealers, there's one showing 30 minutes away. I will call that one tomorrow. Not sure if there's a quality difference between US mags and Ansen? Both look fairly close to each other.
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Originally posted by TV 2M8O TV 2M8O wrote:

Here's another company offering the vintage slot mag wheel.... US MAGS
 
 
 
 
15x5, 15x7, 15x8
product data sheet
 
15x8, 15x9, 15x10, 17x9
 
I think they look more vintage correct than the Ansen's from American Racing...
 
 
 
But that's my opinion. Not sure if you were aware of the US Mags or not......
 
IF those pics are correct...
You HAVE to go with the US Mags!
Those Ansens look hideous!
 
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I'm calling in the morning to get a price. Ansens were 170$
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Originally posted by Regul8r Regul8r wrote:

IF those pics are correct...
You HAVE to go with the US Mags!
Those Ansens look hideous!
 
I pulled those picture directly off the corresponding web sites!
US MAGS: http://us-mags.com/vintage-1-piece-cast-c-3365.htm
 
AMERICAN RACING: http://www.americanracing.com/wheels


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Nice car, I really like those hub caps, they give the car such a personality.
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another added benefit to buying new wheels, they should have better alloys in the modern aluminum so they should shine better! did you have the mirrors painted, or were they the same blue?  looks good keep the pics and updates comingThumbs Up 
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