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Username Post: Wheels for my 65        (Topic#359005)
65Impala396 
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65Impala396
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12-01-19 06:08 PM - Post#2781352    

Hi everyone,
Been a long time since I’ve been here. I have a 65 Impala 2 door that I did a rotisserie restoration on years back. Due to family obligations and starting my own business, I put the car on hold for around 5 years. All I need to do is install the exhaust, lines, tank, brake systems, etc and the car is done. I’m kicking around buying a nice set of wheels to try to reignite my interest again. I’d really like to get it drivable again so I can hit some cruises in the spring with my sons. Anyone have any suggestions as to what looks good? The car is stock height with a disk conversion up front that requires 15” or larger wheels. As soon as I figure out how to post some pictures I’ll do so. Any suggestions or pictures would really be appreciated.
Thanks,
Fran


65 Impala, 396, TH 350, Cameo Beige


Edited by 65Impala396 on 12-01-19 06:08 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


rick1965 
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Loc: joliet ill
Reg: 12-07-16
12-03-19 05:55 AM - Post#2781420    
    In response to 65Impala396

just an idea, but i put 15x8 factory rally wheels off of my 69 vette on my 65 ss vert, and i think it looks great. i guess it depends on what kind of look your wanting. these wheels bolt right on no mods, and no problem with disc brake conversions.



 
65_Impala 
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12-03-19 07:31 PM - Post#2781469    
    In response to 65Impala396

Any particular goals?

I switched to a 17"/18" combination because there are very few good 15" tires available anymore. Switching from 15" rims with BFG tires to the new rims with Nitto performance rubber made a big improvement in how nicely the car drives. The only 15" tire models that might perform as well as what I have on the car now cost about 4-5X more for a set. To me, the larger rim sizes work well since it's a big car so I don't think they look out of place on it. There is still room to get a decent sidewall width with 17" or 18" tires.





 
SSvert396 
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SSvert396
Loc: GA
Reg: 07-19-18
12-04-19 12:54 PM - Post#2781492    
    In response to 65Impala396

B/G wheels:

17x8 245-50-17
17x9.5 275-50-17

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Joe

Restoration photo album below
https://www.tryimg.com/album/6DcY

1965 Impala 396 convertible


 
Chevelle 
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Chevelle
Loc: San Clemente, CA
Reg: 08-31-13
12-04-19 08:00 PM - Post#2781516    
    In response to SSvert396

Me likes.

Chevelle
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I'll be happy to help just ask.

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bbvetto 
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bbvetto
Loc: Madison, WI
Reg: 04-26-09
12-07-19 09:17 PM - Post#2781692    
    In response to 65Impala396

I Like the Old School 60's Look.........

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65Impala396 
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12-08-19 03:49 PM - Post#2781725    
    In response to rick1965

I had another 65 years ago that had 15x8 rally on the rear with 275/60/15 , 225/75/15 up front on a 7” wheel. I think that was the tire sixes, not sure though. It did look good..

65 Impala, 396, TH 350, Cameo Beige


 
65Impala396 
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12-08-19 03:50 PM - Post#2781726    
    In response to SSvert396

Wow, that looks great! Is the car lowered? I like the fact that the tires aren’t super low, looks really good

65 Impala, 396, TH 350, Cameo Beige


 
65Impala396 
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12-08-19 03:52 PM - Post#2781727    
    In response to bbvetto

Very nice, great old school look. Stock height car? 15’s?

65 Impala, 396, TH 350, Cameo Beige


 
kwhizz 
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Loc: Wisconsin
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12-09-19 04:34 AM - Post#2781768    
    In response to 65Impala396



17"x7 225x55 Front and 18"x8 255x55 Rear



Edited by kwhizz on 12-09-19 04:35 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
aghaga 
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aghaga
Age: 65
Loc: Altavista, Va.
Reg: 07-05-08
12-09-19 06:10 AM - Post#2781771    
    In response to kwhizz



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Old school 15x8's all around. 245-60 fronts and 275-60 rear




 
bbvetto 
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bbvetto
Loc: Madison, WI
Reg: 04-26-09
12-10-19 09:31 AM - Post#2781874    
    In response to 65Impala396

Wagon Springs in Rear, Big Block Springs in Front
454, 5-Spd, 12 Bolt

Thanks for the Comment



 
jktucker92 
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Loc: West Richland, WA
Reg: 02-05-17
12-10-19 12:37 PM - Post#2781884    
    In response to bbvetto

Love this thread! Thanks for all who have posted pictures and wheel/tire specs. I've been thinking about wheels and tires for my car for years (yes, my build is taking awhile), and this thread is extremely helpful. While I have my own preferences for what I like, I can appreciate all the cars pictured here, and it's great to see the options all in one place with the details I need to make a good decision for me.



 
sz0k30 
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Loc: Oakland Co., Michigan
Reg: 10-12-08
12-10-19 12:47 PM - Post#2781885    
    In response to bbvetto

  • bbvetto Said:
I Like the Old School 60's Look.........



X2!




 
Bramlettjk 
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Bramlettjk
Age: 41
Loc: N. MISSISSIPPI
Reg: 12-19-08
12-10-19 04:52 PM - Post#2781907    
    In response to jktucker92

I’m with you. So much information here. I want to say thanks as well. Please keep posting pics and setups for newbs such as myself.

67 SS 396 CHEVELLE
65 SS 396 IMPALA

Life is easy, until you have four daughters.


 
docjns1 
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Loc: upstate NY
Reg: 11-12-19
12-10-19 06:41 PM - Post#2781912    
    In response to 65Impala396

I'm w/ rick1965 if you want to keep an original look (even tho they weren't available on our cars) but bbvetto has those classics just like I had on my 1st '65 back in the '70s

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'65 Impala SS, Crocus Yellow/blk
327 / 300 L74
M11 3 on the tree
12 bolt 3.31 open dif


 
65Impala396 
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65Impala396
Reg: 01-25-12
12-11-19 04:41 PM - Post#2781971    
    In response to aghaga

Man, that looks great! No rubbing issues up front?

65 Impala, 396, TH 350, Cameo Beige


 
65Impala396 
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12-11-19 04:42 PM - Post#2781972    
    In response to aghaga

Cowl hood looks great also! Can I ask who you bought it from?
Thanks, Fran

65 Impala, 396, TH 350, Cameo Beige


 
SSvert396 
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SSvert396
Loc: GA
Reg: 07-19-18
12-12-19 11:56 AM - Post#2782018    
    In response to 65Impala396

I have 2 inch drop spindles on the front, air shocks in the back. still has a little big/little look but also modern not too big.

Joe

Restoration photo album below
https://www.tryimg.com/album/6DcY

1965 Impala 396 convertible


 
Bramlettjk 
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Bramlettjk
Age: 41
Loc: N. MISSISSIPPI
Reg: 12-19-08
12-12-19 04:13 PM - Post#2782031    
    In response to SSvert396

Do you know the size of your springs and what brand shocks? I really like your stance. I may go a little bigger on wheels but yours looks awesome.

67 SS 396 CHEVELLE
65 SS 396 IMPALA

Life is easy, until you have four daughters.


 
SSvert396 
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SSvert396
Loc: GA
Reg: 07-19-18
12-13-19 03:34 AM - Post#2782049    
    In response to Bramlettjk

Thank you!....I have the original stock big block springs up front with one coil cut and CPP shocks. Stock rear springs...I set rear ride height with the air shocks LOL. Sometimes there's a canopy, chairs, cooler, and 2 more passengers in the back...... Future plans = I will eventually put coil overs at all 4 corners because while it rides fine, I have the springs inside the frame pockets with no insulator up front(squeaks occasionally over sharp bumps)and there is no rebound control with air shocks in the rear(kinda stiff). Plus I am constantly adjusting ride height due to air pressure changes/temp etc. Suspension will be next year as she is currently getting an all new top installed with glass window, exhaust, Dynamat and new carpet.

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Joe

Restoration photo album below
https://www.tryimg.com/album/6DcY

1965 Impala 396 convertible


Edited by SSvert396 on 12-13-19 03:39 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


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