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Scott

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« on: January 10, 2010, 10:30:42 AM »

I've got a 1965 Chrysler 300 Convertible, 383, Factory Air. I took my wheels down to the tire shop to have the tires dismounted so I can blast and paint the wheels. It turns out I've got two different size wheels. My car was all original before I restored it and I have no reason to doubt all four wheels to be factory originals. I've got (2) 14x6.5 and (2) 14x5.5. Is this normal? What do you guys think? The FSM lists both sizes but there is no listing for two different sized wheels on the same car.
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2010, 11:23:55 AM »

No way. . . .
 
It's either a factory screw up, or 2 got changed along the way.  My money is on the 6" being correct
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2010, 12:22:13 PM »

I concur wit da big guy wholeheartedly 100% unequivacably without doubt.
 
But then again..

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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2010, 12:29:52 PM »

The more I look at the wheels, the more I think the 5.5" wheels are correct.  They are Kelsey Hayes stamped wheels with a date stamp of 8 64 which works with my car's September, '64 build date. The 6.5" wheels do not appear to be Kelsey Hayes and they are stamped "MADE IN THE USA 14X65 KNT A9" and "MADE IN THE USA 14X65 KNT F8".
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2010, 12:31:27 PM »

Weren't the 6.5's station wagon wheels?

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2010, 01:51:31 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2010, 02:04:07 PM »

From a friend of mine:
 
"The parts book is weird and shows Chrysler Newports could take either the 5.5" or 6.5" wheels, all the Chrysler 300s should take only the 5.5" wheels and the station wagons and New Yorkers all should have the 6.5" wheels.  I can't imagine why any Newport should take a wider wheel than any 300???"
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2010, 02:36:13 PM »

maybe the Newport verts would take 6.5? 

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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2010, 02:51:16 PM »

Quote from: Commando1
Weren't the 6.5's station wagon wheels?


 
We have a winner!!!
 
That's what my 68 T/C wagon had on it originally.  I took almost 3 years to find someone who wanted those rims.
 
 
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2010, 03:03:59 PM »

6.5's were on wagons and also was part of the optional towing package on other models.
I would agree with Steve they may have been changed up over the years.
I had 5 of those rims as they were originally on my New Yorker (towing package equipped)
I gave two away and will be reusing the rest and one I found on the BoaB.

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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2010, 09:35:00 AM »

I'd guess in the car's past there was a swap for some reason.  Then again, someone at the factory may have made a mistake that took 46 years to find.
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2010, 10:37:32 AM »

More than likely they were swapped.
It was very common people to buy two rims and mount snow tires onto them.
They did not care if they matched-only as long as they fit.
 
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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2010, 10:57:47 AM »

It seems odd to me that it would have 5.5" rims stock
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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2010, 02:51:09 PM »

The Boab original 14" were 5.5's
They were in the trunk and rusted so bad I threw them out.
I am using the wider ones from my NYer.
 
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« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2010, 04:25:51 PM »

Quote from: CBarge
More than likely they were swapped.
It was very common people to buy two rims and mount snow tires onto them.
They did not care if they matched-only as long as they fit.


 
Snow tires in Southern California and Southern Nevada?  Highly unlikely, I'd say.
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