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Rear wheel width for a '50 3100
#1392149 Mon Jan 11 2021 02:17 AM
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I have a '81 Camaro rear end under my '50 3100. It's within a half inch + or - on each side of what the original torque tube rear measured. What is the widest wheel that I could conceivably fit inside the fenders without tubbing the box? I realize offset plays a part. What have you other bolters been able to squeeze in?

Re: Rear wheel width for a '50 3100
Rocket man #1392164 Mon Jan 11 2021 03:21 AM
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I'm going to be running 11.5". I have to run under 12" for the class I want to run in. I don't like the tub look so I will be widening my rear fenders 2". It's a relatively easy process. Just from measuring you might be able to fit a 10" but I have never tried it. 53/3100.


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Re: Rear wheel width for a '50 3100
Rocket man #1392167 Mon Jan 11 2021 03:45 AM
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I have a 78 Camaro rear end. Wheels are 15" x 7" wide with a 4" backset. Tires are 205 75 R 15. Wheels just touch the box on hard cornering.


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Re: Rear wheel width for a '50 3100
Rocket man #1392179 Mon Jan 11 2021 06:39 AM
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I plan on using a 20" wheel. I've installed 3" lowering blocks...hoping they will fit diameter wise. In regards to wheel width, I hope I can at least get 8 inches. I'm not going to purchase any tire/wheel combination until the fenders are mounted.

Gord&Fran...I assume you meant the TIRES touch the box on hard cornering?

Re: Rear wheel width for a '50 3100
Rocket man #1392189 Mon Jan 11 2021 12:36 PM
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I have a BIG 10 rear end under my 49 running Ridler 18X8 wheels with 4 1/2" backspace with Fuzion 235/45R18 Tires.

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Re: Rear wheel width for a '50 3100
Rocket man #1392228 Mon Jan 11 2021 04:24 PM
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Zippi, those shock towers look so much nicer then the bar between the frame rails I have (76 trans am rear). Are they available online? or did you custom fab them? thx

PS, I have a bunch of fixing required here to fix poor welds/fabs made by PO frown

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Re: Rear wheel width for a '50 3100
KevinW #1392229 Mon Jan 11 2021 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by KevinW
Zippi, those shock towers look so much nicer then the bar between the frame rails I have (76 trans am rear). Are they available online? or did you custom fab them? thx

PS, I have a bunch of fixing required here to fix poor welds/fabs made by PO frown
The PO fab the shock towers.


"If you can't fix it with duct tape it's an electrical problem"
1949 5 Window 3100
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Re: Rear wheel width for a '50 3100
Rocket man #1392235 Mon Jan 11 2021 05:31 PM
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Zippi, are your rear springs moved under the frame rails? I did that on a 56' 210 I had, I was able to run a 12" tire by doing that.


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Re: Rear wheel width for a '50 3100
Rocket man #1392245 Mon Jan 11 2021 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Rocket man
I plan on using a 20" wheel. I've installed 3" lowering blocks...hoping they will fit diameter wise. In regards to wheel width, I hope I can at least get 8 inches. I'm not going to purchase any tire/wheel combination until the fenders are mounted.

Gord&Fran...I assume you meant the TIRES touch the box on hard cornering?

Yes, the tires just touch. That means wheels with less than 4" backspace would be a problem for me. Using Camaro stock drum brakes.


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Re: Rear wheel width for a '50 3100
TUTS 59 #1392251 Mon Jan 11 2021 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by TUTS 59
Zippi, are your rear springs moved under the frame rails? I did that on a 56' 210 I had, I was able to run a 12" tire by doing that.
Yup. Mounted to the frame rails.


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