<VV> tire question

Lon Anderson lonzovair at aol.com
Fri May 8 13:30:29 EDT 2015

My comments might be a little biased, since I'm the one who sold those Falcon wheels to you... 
I had the guys at the local community college in the metal shop stick them on the lathe and shave the opening 1/16" larger than the size of the hub snout.
The tires I used were 195/70 14 and they looked great. I think I may still have some photos up on my facebook page, but you'll have to dig to find them.
They rode great and I didn't have a problem one out of them. I went to the 14" because of the scarcity of the proper 13" tires a few years back...
I've since sold the car, so I can't tell you how they're holding up, but they were great for me.
I hope this helps.
Lonzo in KY

-----Original Message-----
From: Randy Hook via VirtualVairs <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
To: virtualvairs <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Thu, May 7, 2015 6:58 pm
Subject: <VV> tire question

I have a tire question.  I recently scored a set of early falcon 14" wheels.  I
was told that all you had to do to use them was hog out the center hole about an
1/8 of an inch so the wheel would fit the corvair drum.  When I compared the
finished wheels to a corvair one, I was extremely surprised to see that the
falcon 14" wheels were 4.5 width, and the corvair 13" ones were 5.5 width.  The
tires I had to use are 195-70/14's.   I wasn't sure what to do.  So, after
talking to my friendly neighborhood tire store,  they said you can use any tire
on either rim within its class.  He said it may look a little strange, but would
work fine.  He let me mount one and compare it to the one on the car already. 
It didn't look too bad.  The car is a '63 ragtop daily driver. 
Now, my question
is this:  what difference does it make?  Is there a preference?  And if so,
why?  What would I gain/lose by using the 4.5 wide rims and why?  What would I
gain/lose by staying with the 5.5 wide rims and why?  As you can see, wheels and
tires are not my cup of tea.  Thanks in advance for any help. 
Randy (Cap'n)
'60 700 4dr  '64' 110/4spd 
'63 '500' ragtop 110/pg 
'65 Monza 4dr  84/pg

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