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5 hours ago, Frosty said:

The rear end is not stock. I replaced the factory 10-bolt with a Mosier 12-bolt back in the early 2000s at a company called Hardcore Performance. At one time, they had the fastest LS-powered Firebird in the country. The shop owner was arrested and convicted on mortgage fraud and the company was shut down. So it is entirely possible that the rear end was not installed perfectly square or perhaps Mosier mounted the 4-link brackets incorrectly. I will need to measure the rear end in order to determine that.

Is it rubbing on both sides?

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OK i found the guy he's in Livonia

Weldcraft Wheels Hmmmm linky no worky

Weldcraft Wheels

Weldcraft Wheels 11881 Belden Ct Livonia, MI 48150 US

Phone: (734) 779-1303 Fax: (734) 779-1345 [email protected]

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Thanks for the info Joe. I will keep him in mind. 

Funny you should mention adjustable rear upper control arms. I do have a set. I've been meaning to install them - hopefully over the winter.

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Well this is sad, but I guess it should not be unexpected either. It seems Duane Fisher passed away in 2017. I didn't know that until just now.  RIP Duane. I will take good care of Lucy!

https://obits.mlive.com/us/obituaries/flint/name/duane-fischer-obituary?id=11175537

 

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On 1/5/2024 at 8:25 AM, Frosty said:

Thanks for the info Joe. I will keep him in mind. 

Funny you should mention adjustable rear upper control arms. I do have a set. I've been meaning to install them - hopefully over the winter.

I know this will probably be a waste, but what wheels do you want for the car? I.E. style, diameter, width? Is it still the Rally ll’s? 

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I have a set of 15x7 (Front) and 15x8 (rear) chrome Rally IIs from Wheel Vintques. This is my immediate plan.

If I had the extra cash I would go for a set of Foose Nitrous SEC wheels. I like the faux bead lock look.

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3 hours ago, Frosty said:

I have a set of 15x7 (Front) and 15x8 (rear) chrome Rally IIs from Wheel Vintques. This is my immediate plan.

If I had the extra cash I would go for a set of Foose Nitrous SEC wheels. I like the faux bead lock look.

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DO NOT get me wrong! I am not knocking Foose wheels, not in the least, but you in general are paying a higher price for a name as well as a smaller volume product. So if that is your absolute heart’s desire, than wait till you can get there. In the meantime you can consider what I said sometime back. Take the chrome rally ll’s & do what you can. And as I said back then was take wheel to a shop where they can remove the welded center from the outer ring. Reset the backspace you want & reweld the center to the ring. Depending on how much the heat impact the chrome on the front of the wheel you may be able to polish it out if not you can find a PVD company in your area an have the wheels rechromed with the PVD process.

But, before you did all of that you might look at American Racing’s Torq Thrust SL wheels. These are what are on the Indian. They look similar to the Foose wheel & less than half the cost. They are a two piece custom welded wheel. They would give you what you need for back spacing & the look would be close until you could get the Foose wheel.
One thing that is unique with this wheel is its built backwards! The step down portion of the rim where the tire falls into when mounting or removing a tire from the rim, which actually reduces the diameter of the rim where the center fits always is on the front side of the rim, which is where the center fits for that configuration. But on this wheel it’s on the backside & so where the center sits on this wheel is the larger diameter of the ring, which gives the appearance of a bigger rim.

Additionally these actually are a quality wheel, well made & when I had mine made even though I ordered them through a distributor I talked directly to the supervisor that was in charge of the area where they made these Torq Thrust wheels, so I could get exactly what I wanted done.

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1 hour ago, Frosty said:

Thanks for the suggestion Last Indian. I will price out a set and see.

Frosty, be aware that you may need to call & speak to someone who knows that wheel. When I originally thought of getting mine their site said I couldn’t get the backspace I wanted & they weren’t an option for my car. I don’t know why, but it did. Upon talking to the supervisor that ran that area & discussing what I wanted  he said in wasn’t a problem & told me haw we could do it. Hindsight I wish I had done more backspace. I could have had an 1” deeper dish on both front & back.

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7 hours ago, Frosty said:

Great advice as always Last Indian. I appreciate it.

Frosty, look at this word doc. This shows how the center hub can be moved back, it also shows how the wheel is backwards as I said & why it would appear larger. It also shows that I used a SS wheel adaptor I made to move the front wheels out an additional 3/4 “. Which I could have put more backspace in & not used the adaptors.

 

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