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    While I've made many custom rears in the past, it's a heck of a lot easier to just get the correct back spacing on your wheels. The springs are inboard of your wheel house so that's the limiting factor. I'm running an 10.5 inch tread on my '66 and the tire's inboard of the wheel lip. IMO, if the tread is sticking outside the wheel lip, it's a liability and looks a bit odd. To accommodate some vintage wheels, I've just hunted for the correct width rear out of some other chevy and grafted on the spring and shock mounts and everything's good.

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    Wheel housing should be pretty easy to widen though, I'd think. But again, I haven't looked underneath lately with that idea in mind. Just pondering from the soft cushions of my couch
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    I run a little rubber sticking out the side because I grew up with that 70's 'up in the rear' competition look, and personally I like it. To me its very nostalgic and just says "fun" and ultimately thats what my van is all about.

    Just my personal preference that I love huge meats out back, even if the tire is so wide that a little bit sticks past the fender lip I am ok with that. A 325/50r15 or an N50-15 is not going to tuck under the stock wheel well without sticking out a little bit no matter what you do, its just too massive of a tire to fit it all inside. That is cool with me.

    I think the 325/50 is something like 13" wide or so.



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    not to talk too far off base, but tires were definitely very different in the 70' s. that was when 50's, 60's and 70's were most plentiful and radial's were not yet part of our vocabulary. my have things changed now!

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    For a visual... this is a 11.00 x 29.5 slick on a 10 inch wheel set so the tire is flush with the outside lip of the wheel well opening. I believe there is room for a 12 inch wide wheel if the springs are moved under the frame and you can come up with a 6 inch backspace on a 12" rim. Also this would be a narrowed rear axle at 58 inches.
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    Cool

    Here in Maryland tires sticking out past the fender wells is considered a safety violation.
    The 5.0 will pull you over and write you up..

    I kind of like the"'tucked" look.

    That being said.the term "back space" comes into play.
    This is a term that, for what ever reason, most tire/wheel shoppes just do not understand.

    On my 1st gen I ran a pair of J+J fender flares on the rear of my van to keep the 5.0 off of my back.
    Because i drove this van during wet conditions.the Flares also helped to keep the excessive road grime off the sides of the van.



    L/60/15 tires on a fully reversed 8 inch Keystone Classic rim........
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    I have never been hassled or pulled over for tires. I guess it depends on the state you live in.

    Here in WA state, if you have a collector plate, you don't even need fenders at all. Rat rods and traditional or homebuilt hot rods run around with open tires all summer.



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    I bought new tires/wheels today, 15x8 fronts and 15x9.5 on rear. I think they are too big for me, I might go with lower profile tires or go with the 15x8's in the rear and find some 15x6 or15x7's for the front. No more lowrider look.
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    These are 15x12's on the rear and 15x8's up front. The rear tires are 325 50/15's. The front tires are 255/50/15's I think.
    I love those big fat rear tires. I like the tucked look but certainly appreciate the cool 70's rake with the tires outside the well that I remember as a kid.


    I just picked up these 15x12 slot mags and I'm having them refurbished and they will eventually go on this van if I get tired of the Cragars.
    Can't wait to see what you go with!

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    Just my $.02, but I like the wide whites better with Cragars than slots.
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