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Username Post: Original Tire size?        (Topic#261125)
Hgrove51 
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04-13-11 07:40 AM - Post#2076084    

What would the original tire size have been on a 72 malibu?
1951 Styleline Deluxe 2dr
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Richard Martin 
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04-13-11 02:40 PM - Post#2076265    
    In response to Hgrove51

E78 X 14 unless the car was ordered with the optional LS3 400(402) BB 240 horsepower Turbo-Jet engine. F78 X 14 tires were a mandatory extra cost option when the LS3 was ordered.

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Hgrove51 
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04-13-11 02:55 PM - Post#2076273    
    In response to Richard Martin

The car is an original 307. Its my brothers car and im pretty sure it has 15 inch tires aqnd I would have thought that they were the original rims.
1951 Styleline Deluxe 2dr
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Edited by Hgrove51 on 04-13-11 02:57 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Richard Martin 
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04-13-11 03:41 PM - Post#2076286    
    In response to Hgrove51

My info is not from the internet...it's from the specification info sent to Chevy dealers by the factory. I also checked it against the Chevy dealer ordering/pricing guide. The only Chevelle that came with 15" wheels was the SS (F60 X 15 tires) and police package cars. My Uncle was a Chevrolet dealer. When he retired he gave most of the dealer info I have.

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Richard Martin 
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04-13-11 04:39 PM - Post#2076312    
    In response to Hgrove51

The only page in the 72 brochure that mentions wheel/tire size is the Heavy Chevy - SS page. The Heavy Chevy came standard with 14 X 6 wheels. The Malibu came standard with 14 X 5 wheels even if optional F78 X 14 were ordered.
brochure page:

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/chevy/ch72ve l/bil...

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Hgrove51 
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04-13-11 07:36 PM - Post#2076413    
    In response to Richard Martin

Ok thanks. I would have never known that the rims on it arent the original ones. The back rims are even wider than the front ones. I will try and post a pic of them. Now im curious as to what they came off of.
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04-14-11 10:33 AM - Post#2076656    
    In response to Richard Martin

Man, I had a '71 Heavy Chevy the color of the one in the brochure. Talk about the ones you wish you still had. You just don't see many of them. They are very neat restored with a little trim added around the wheel wells, and carpet added to the inside. That color was called Burnt Orange......nearly a dead ringer for the Sierra Gold on my '57.
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04-14-11 11:35 AM - Post#2076671    
    In response to nstlga

That would be color code 63 I'll bet. We really liked that color in 1972. Hated that it wasn't avaialble in '73-'74!! It wasn't burnt orange it was called something else, but the name escapes me just now. They also had a color called Orange Flame that was bright Orange. Code 63 was more of a copper color.
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04-14-11 12:01 PM - Post#2076686    
    In response to wagonmaster

Code 62 in '71 was Burnt Orange.
In '72 code 63 was Mohave Gold.
They look similiar on the old paint charts.

I built a promo car of my Heavy Chevy. Ended up painting it with a sparay bomb of Sierra Gold touch up paint for my '57. Near perfect match.
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04-16-11 05:44 AM - Post#2077340    
    In response to Richard Martin

Don't always believe what the brochures state as they are printed months before launch. I see on thing in that brochure that is false, you could not order the SS option with a 307 base engine.

But it is true, all but SS optioned cars came with 14-inch tires, not 15-inch.
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04-16-11 07:28 AM - Post#2077374    
    In response to elcamino

  • elcamino Said:
Don't always believe what the brochures state as they are printed months before launch. I see on thing in that brochure that is false, you could not order the SS option with a 307 base engine.

But it is true, all but SS optioned cars came with 14-inch tires, not 15-inch.



I don't always believe what the brochures say. That is why I checked it against all the other factory/dealer info on the '72 Chevelles that my Uncle (dealer) gave me. The dealer ordering info sez the '72 SS option was only available with optional engines. What I've found the most unreliable are internet websites such as teamchevelle and personal claims such as "I saw one".

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04-28-11 11:19 AM - Post#2083221    
    In response to nstlga

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In '72 code 63 was Mohave Gold.




CORRECT!! Mohave Gold!! Thanks for tweaking my memory! It was a great color, too! Had a Nova SS with a sunroof and tan interior that was great looking code 63!!
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