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Old 07-22-2013, 10:37 PM   #81
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OG bristol style?



or just regular AC Cobra style with big shiny spinners.
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OG bristol style?



or just regular AC Cobra style with big shiny spinners.
I'm not really sure- It's a 427 body style so Hallibrands would be correct, I think, but I'm not a huge fan of them. I might just throw the whole "authenticity" thing to the wind (it's a replica, with BMW independent suspension and a fiberglass body; there's nothing authentic about it) and put something else on it, maybe 16 or 17" to update it a little but still keep some sidewall.

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I like these.

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what about modern Cobra R wheels?
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I'm not really sure- It's a 427 body style so Hallibrands would be correct, I think, but I'm not a huge fan of them. I might just throw the whole "authenticity" thing to the wind (it's a replica, with BMW independent suspension and a fiberglass body; there's nothing authentic about it) and put something else on it, maybe 16 or 17" to update it a little but still keep some sidewall.

Any thoughts?
I know it's mostly because of his exposure on the tee vee, but I think Chip Foose does modernized vintage pretty well in some cases.



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umm...subscribed.

How old are you? Make me feel worse please.
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umm...subscribed.

How old are you? Make me feel worse please.
I just turned 50, which is genuinely bizarre given that I look and feel a lot younger. In my 40's I had the luxury of a Thirty Teen numbering syntax (I wasn't 49, I was "thirtynineteen". Now I'm just fifty.
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I know it's mostly because of his exposure on the tee vee, but I think Chip Foose does modernized vintage pretty well in some cases.




That's pretty much where I'm headed. It's not a real cobra, so no point in trying to front. I really like the wheels you posted, either would look great.
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That's pretty much where I'm headed. It's not a real cobra, so no point in trying to front. I really like the wheels you posted, either would look great.
Plus you know they come in gigantic diameters and widths if he's making them.
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Since most of us can't afford any of this ****, we should live vicariously through pinky and have a mt.net vote for what you should get next.

I vote a factory 5, either this:



Or this:


Although honestly, it seems to me like this would be more your steeze:
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Since most of us can't afford any of this ****, we should live vicariously through pinky and have a mt.net vote for what you should get next.

I vote a factory 5, either this:



Or this:


Although honestly, it seems to me like this would be more your steeze:
You're a psychic. I made a trip to Boston to tour the F5 factory, to look at and test drive their GTM demo car. Scheduled it in advance, got there and not only was the guy I made an appointment with out of town at a trade show, but the GTM was with him. I was a little bit pissed.

The owner of the place, Dave Smith stepped in and gave me a nice tour, but the trip still left me with a bad impression. I did have a chance to look over their hot rod though, and it looks like a nice piece. If I was going to build a F5 it would definitely be that one.
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Plus you know they come in gigantic diameters and widths if he's making them.
So far that's the problem I'm having looking for wheels so far; finding decent looking wheels in a 5x120 BMW pattern that aren't huge. I'm thinking like 17's max so it doesn't look Donk-ish.
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Yes please - Cobra's need some sidewall to look proper.

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So far that's the problem I'm having looking for wheels so far; finding decent looking wheels in a 5x120 BMW pattern that aren't huge. I'm thinking like 17's max so it doesn't look Donk-ish.
If you're the guy I think you are, you've probably already taken measurements to fit a 5 x 4.5" bolt pattern...
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If you're the guy I think you are, you've probably already taken measurements to fit a 5 x 4.5" bolt pattern...
Yeah, I noticed that.. 120.63 mm or something like that.. So close, but still so far. Also, the BMW hubs are designed for high-offset wheels, where the Chevy wheels are regular low offset.

A buddy suggested white OZ Superlegerras or white Kosei K1's, both inexpensive, lightweight wheels, but they both seem too "DTM/Euro-ricer" to me..

I'd love to spring for a cool set of real modular wheels, like some Keizers or something, but the roads here suck a little, and I don't want to bend $500 rims every other week.
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Real wire wheels. They look cool as hell, but are a major pain-in-the-*** to keep clean.
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Real wire wheels. They look cool as hell, but are a major pain-in-the-*** to keep clean.
If it was a 289 body style I'd do it in a heartbeat, but they'd look odd on a flared and bulging 427 replica, which is what this car is. The original wheel was a knock-off ("mounting", not "fake") Hallibrand I believe.

I really like the style of these retro-ish Ridler 695's, but they're chevy 120's, not BMW 120's. Yes, they're probably heavy as crap, but they make a 17x8.5 and 17x9.5 that would look amazing..

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Well Ladies, do I have a story to tell you...

Quick recap; traded a couple cars for a couple cars.

Said cars arrive on a semi-truck yesterday. Cobra is first off, hauler allows me to drive it off the truck, just because Cobra. Runs good. I drive it off, go 20 yards to turn around, it makes a hellatious noise and the left front wheel falls off.

The. Wheel. Fell. Off.

I've hated these wheels from the moment I saw the car, and sure enough, not only are they wrong aesthetically they're also wrong fitment wise. In order to clear the BMW suspension they had to add 1/2" spacer, resulting in the wheel bolts only engaging about 2-3 threads. Plus they used a weird mismatch of ball head Mercedes type bolts in cone seat wheels. It's the scariest goddamned thing I've ever seen.

Anyway, I dragged a jack and tools up the 200 yard long driveway and got it back together enough to drive it on my lift and get the wheels off.

Bonus: it's really nice otherwise.

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The Corvette is an entirely different story; not only have the wheels stayed on, it is actually much nicer than I thought. A couple bugs to work out, but really minor stuff. (The original leather seats are in great shape, no rips, but really dry, etc..). Purists will cringe, but it's got a retro-mod vibe that I like.

So, presented as evidence of my Middle Aged White Guy demographics, is my corvette. Two words I never expected to say together. Because, corvette.

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