Well Ryan, when we restored my 300L ht, we decided to go for 15 inch magnum 500 c/w the spinner options as the hubcaps that normally are on those cars aren’t in that great a condition and don’t do much for the appearance of the car. It really set the car off with these magnum 500 wheels.
I'm curious about why you are wanting to move to a 15 inch wheel vs. sticking with the 14 inch on what sounds like a very original car. I don't have an issue with running a reproduction Magnum 500 or an attractive (this is of course subjective) aftermarket wheel as long as the original wheels/tires are also retained. Ed has provided all you need to know about tire choices.
If you intend to install disk brakes, a move to 15" will be inevitable but you will not be able to use your stock hubcaps of course. I retained the 14" wheels on my '65 300 Sport but '65 hubcaps are pretty plain so I chose to go with a set of '66 / 67 300 spinner caps.....a beautiful option in my opinion, they really enhance the look of the car. I did find the original 14" rims on my 300 weren't deep enough to accept the 66 caps though and had to put a set together that have the slightly deeper rim.
You mentioned safety, there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding older steel wheels rim failures, many thought to have been caused by radial tires being used on rims 'built for bias ply tires'....which in my opinion is BS. Based on every discussion and all I have ever read on the subject, wheel failures that do occur can always be linked to corrosion and or fatigue from high mileage or abuse. Like anything, it is important to ensure corrosion hasn't degraded the wheel to a point that is unsafe.
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Sent: June 4, 2019 4:15 PM
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Subject: Re: [Chrysler300] A/C work or parts for 65 300
More availability of 15 inch but what would you use for wheels?
Biggest current production 14 is P215/75R14 Hankook Optimo H724 Narrow Whitewall - equivalent of 8.25-14 bias ply. One size smaller than 8.55-14 most likely OE size. But radial - still has enough load capacity.
P225/75R15 best equivalent 15 inch size to original 8.55-14. Toyo Extensa A/S, Hankook H724, Nexen AH5, maybe still Cooper Trtendsetter A/S in whitewalls. More still if you want blackwalls - including Kuhmo.
More still if you go up to P235/75R15 closest to 8.85-14 if you had upsized OE tires. I think there are even Michelin in this size.
As to wheels, the 15 inch Road wheels used on 1970-75 full size Chryslers fit - or the 15 inch Rallye wheels from the 69-up B-bodies would work. Either is a matter of taste - neither are optimum in appearance on 1965 C-body in my opinion - but I have a 65 300L sitting on the 70 full size Road wheels and it looks OK.
Other good option in my opinion is American Racing 5-spoke 15x6 or 15x7 "mags". They are 67-70 vintage after market that could easily have found their way onto a 1965 car. Personally I would go blackwalls with the "mags"
Edward Mills Antique Tractors 1930-1960 Antique Cars 1960-1985
On 6/4/2019 2:23 PM, Curtis Roys curtisaroys@xxxxxxxxx [Chrysler300] wrote:
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