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Old 11-14-2009, 11:42 AM   #1
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55-59 Chevy Trucks--SHOW ME YOUR WHEELS!

Hi everyone. I am looking for some help selecting the look and the right size tire and wheel for the truck. So here is what I got.


It’s a second series 55 with a 75 Camaro clip in it with the stock Camaro front suspension and the Camaro rear axle with the original leaf springs. I have C-notched the frame and flipped the rear axle to get the truck low and level. I am pretty happy with the way that it sits. The bed is stock and I don’t want to tub it. I have a set of wheels that I hate that came with the truck. They are 15x8 with some offset and now that the truck is lowered they are just barely rubbing on the rear fenders. I want to get another set of tires and wheels and the choices in sizes and types are overwhelming. I am looking for the widest possible tire and wheel that will fit. I am hoping your experience will save me lots of time and aggravation.
Also anyone that is willing to post some pictures of your truck with the wheel sizes would be of great help. I would be curious to see what other people have chosen and the way that it looks, from old school steel to some of the new alloys…show me what you got!

The first two pictures are crummy shots from my cell phone. The third is Cal’s 58 GMC, an absolutely beautiful truck that I use for inspiration and I love the look of his wheels. (He is running air suspension and has the bed tubbed)
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Old 11-14-2009, 01:57 PM   #2
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Re: 55-59 Chevy Trucks--SHOW ME YOUR WHEELS!

Stock steel, will probably run some dog dish caps this build. I like the 60's logger look on my truck.
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Old 11-14-2009, 04:41 PM   #3
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Re: 55-59 Chevy Trucks--SHOW ME YOUR WHEELS!

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The third is Calís 58 GMC, an absolutely beautiful truck that I use for inspiration and I love the look of his wheels. (He is running air suspension and has the bed tubbed)
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:20 AM   #4
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Thanks ysmitty!
Hey CAL,

Let me thank you personally for creating your build page. I got this truck delivered to me as just a big pile of parts with no clue of how they all fit together. Friends and family all thought I was nuts. The detail of your page helped me figure out how to assemble it and correct some of the huge mistakes made by the previous 4 people that tried to "hot rod" this truck. More important it gave me hope when I was sitting there staring at it and getting overwhelmed by all of the work that still needed to be done. I am sure that your page got a lot of people back in their garage and working on their project again.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:08 AM   #5
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17x8.5
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:27 AM   #6
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Re: 55-59 Chevy Trucks--SHOW ME YOUR WHEELS!

Wow.....that looks nice. May I ask what size tire you are running, if you are able to run a 8.5 front and rear, and is your suspension and rear axle similar to mine.

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Old 11-15-2009, 10:42 AM   #7
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Re: 55-59 Chevy Trucks--SHOW ME YOUR WHEELS!

sorry i lied to you!!!!!
i looked at my paperwork and they are 17x8...tires are 235/55-17...i have a mustang II front and leaf spring rear.mine do rub on the front sometimes when you turn and the suspension is compressed on that wheel. not bad enough to worry about .
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Old 11-15-2009, 11:03 AM   #8
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Re: 55-59 Chevy Trucks--SHOW ME YOUR WHEELS!

I'm not sharp enough to post pics. but I run 17x7 and 18x8 Coys both with 4" of back spacing they fit well. I have the same set up as you suspension wise. My bed is mini tubed I will be going to 20x10 on rear and moving the 8's to the front.
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Re: 55-59 Chevy Trucks--SHOW ME YOUR WHEELS!

Thanks pro1955,

I just looked at the picture you have on the left of the page. That light gray wheel looks real nice too. Nicer than I would have imagined. These pictures are really a big help, thanks
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thanx mixermike
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:31 AM   #11
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Re: 55-59 Chevy Trucks--SHOW ME YOUR WHEELS!

Thanks everyone who posted the pictures. I have found a wheel that I like. It's the polished Coys C5.


Now I am trying to decide between a 18" or a 20" wheel. I would like all four to be the same size. I don't really like the staggered look. I am afraid that the 20" wheel on all four corners might look too ghetto on a classic truck. So I am wondering if anyone out there might have done it or have any pictures of one with 20s all around.

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Old 11-29-2009, 11:45 AM   #12
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Re: 55-59 Chevy Trucks--SHOW ME YOUR WHEELS!

They are running a special on Facebook for 18x9.5 and 20x10 C-5's, free shipping on just those size wheels. I have only seen one 1955 pickup with 20's all around, I thought it looked killer. It had 235/35-20 on front 275/35-20 tires on rear, with 20x7" and 20x8.5" wheels with full air ride. Both wheels had 4" of back spacing, I liked how it filled up the front wheel well area with wheel.
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Old 12-05-2009, 10:46 AM   #13
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They are running a special on Facebook for 18x9.5 and 20x10 C-5's, free shipping on just those size wheels. I have only seen one 1955 pickup with 20's all around, I thought it looked killer. It had 235/35-20 on front 275/35-20 tires on rear, with 20x7" and 20x8.5" wheels with full air ride. Both wheels had 4" of back spacing, I liked how it filled up the front wheel well area with wheel.
Thanks for the lead and the rim and wheel dimensions. I'll look into it.
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:01 PM   #14
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15X10 w/ 3.75 backspace American Torq-Thrust (Magnesium) 29X15.50-15 Mickey Thompsons
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:12 AM   #15
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Re: 55-59 Chevy Trucks--SHOW ME YOUR WHEELS!

Waking up a dead thread. Anybody have any pics of a staggered setup on our trucks? Would really like to see a 18 front, 20 rear. and a 20 front, 22 rear.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:04 AM   #16
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Re: 55-59 Chevy Trucks--SHOW ME YOUR WHEELS!

I think CAL58 has the 18 and 20 combo. I am running stock 98 Vette wheels and tires. 17x8, 245/45 17 and 18x9.5, 275/40 18. You can get stock vette take offs pretty cheap and the C6 cars have the big wheels like 19 and 20's. You'd have to tub it a little to get the width to fit, though.
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Corvette Ralley wheels 15 x 7 up front and 15 x 8 in the rear and is a 5 x 4-3/4" bolt pattern just like the Camaro
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Re: 55-59 Chevy Trucks--SHOW ME YOUR WHEELS!

waybad,
I assume yours is entirely stock, suspension wise?

Mine:
Totally stock height (obviously). 15x7 Torq Thrust wannabe's from back in the day. Cheap; but new! 235/75 tires from takeoffs of a newer F150.

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Parkwood,

I'm really digging that primer gray 57. That thing looks good. The stance on that truck is wicked.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:28 AM   #22
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Parkwood,

What wheels are on the primer truck?

I love them !!

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the wheels on the primer truck are chrome smoothies.
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Dubie got it right, with baby moon caps...

Thanks Bam, yes it sits right with the help of bags in front and TCI spring kit in rear...
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How much do you figure/does the TCI rear kit claim it lowers it from stock? I'm guessing 6"?
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