<VV> Documenting stock FC wheel changes

Danny Davis corsa180gt at gmail.com
Sun Jul 1 23:30:18 EDT 2018

My 1963 Deluxe Rampside original wheels did *not* have the "safety bead"
aka bead lock
This is an earlier St. Louis build with the 4-speed "mystery shifter"
Known to be original wheels due to low mileage, (54,200) original full
wheel covers for the DeLuxe series.

 Danny Davis
Graham    WA
CORSA Western Director​

On Sun, Jul 1, 2018 at 4:23 PM, Kent Sullivan via VirtualVairs <
virtualvairs at corvair.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> Let's try a "wisdom of the crowds exercise": I'm trying to pinpoint when
> stock FC steel wheel rims had the safety bead added. The bead is visible
> and
> "feel able" as a narrow, shallow trough that goes around the entire rim
> about one inch in from the edge, on the front face. If you have access to a
> stock-appearing FC for which the modification history is known way back,
> please respond...
> If you have any Chevrolet documents that speak to the changeover, that
> would
> be great, too. I went through several years of parts books and the
> information was very sparse and inconclusive.
> I have heard that this change was at the beginning of the '62 model year
> but
> some field research has so far indicated that Chevy was still using the
> non-bead type late into '63. Hence the need for data from untouched
> vehicles
> and/or Chevrolet documents.
> I was also told that the three "bumps" on the face of the wheel, for
> holding
> a center cap in place, were not present on the '61 wheel. I am not
> researching that particular item at the moment but it's all part of the FC
> Wheel Evolution Saga. (Soon to be a major motion picture!) And, related,
> there may be another running change -- appearance of bumps on the outer
> edge
> for retaining full-wheel covers? Or perhaps Greenbrier only? Again, I'm not
> researching that at the moment but it just adds to the fun.
> Thanks!
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