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55 chevy - how old & what r the rims -chrome rims 15 bolts along with 5 lugs

just bought my first 55 chevy. I have never owned one so I am really new to all this. It has these chrome 15 inch rims with 5 lug nuts in the center. the outer part of the rim has 15 smaller chrome bolts. I was wondering what kind of rims these were. I would like to replace these with the stock wheels and small hubcaps. Is e-bay the best place to sell? I have no idea what to ask. They are still in greast shape, no scratches no rust but I have never seen rims like these. someone suggsted I buy "smoothies" as they look like the original rims....... not sure if the extra $40.00 a rim to powder coat is worth it or just have them painted black...thanks if you have any suggestions let me know **************
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that wheel in your pic looks like a
crager sst (very heavy, chrome plated steel)
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Could be any of several copies of the SST or Super Trick. Very late 70s/early 80s. I always liked that look; Yes e-Bay or Craigslist or even the classified section here. Also, if you take your car to "cruise-in's", make a cardboard sign 'selling my rims for $xxx.xx or best offer - will trade for stock steel wheels and poverty caps"

Be aware that 55 chevy specific steel wheels are a hot commodity right now. You may be better off with a generic chevy steel wheel and caps depending on your budget.
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not sure I understand your response

what is the dirrffrence between chevy specifc wheels and chevy generic wheels?
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original and reproduction really... There are as stock reproductions also, and generic 1's that can take a stock looking cap.. The place that commonly sells ither type is wheel vintiques
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what is the dirrffrence between chevy specifc wheels and chevy generic wheels?
The OEM wheels have a part number on them and are very expensive because many guys want the EXACT stock wheel for their cars.

Several sources build repo wheels without the numbers...
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If memory serves, and its been quite awhile since my dad and I redid his 55; The original 55 chevy steelies had odd little 'nubs' to hold the cap in place and are riveted. This doesn't work well. 56 and 57 still have the nubs but are welded. My suggestion is a generic rim sans partnumbers and nubby things. If you're not going out to be judged for 1000point originality; its not worth the expense. Also, the original rims are very narrow (5" I believe) by todays standards; you may want to go with enough offset to get a 15x8" rim in there.

Heres a thread that will provide some pictures and info
http://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=53212

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Could be any of several copies of the SST or Super Trick. Very late 70s/early 80s. I always liked that look; Yes e-Bay or Craigslist or even the classified section here. Also, if you take your car to "cruise-in's", make a cardboard sign 'selling my rims for $xxx.xx or best offer - will trade for stock steel wheels and poverty caps"

Be aware that 55 chevy specific steel wheels are a hot commodity right now. You may be better off with a generic chevy steel wheel and caps depending on your budget.
if im not mistaken they are cragar sst's surprised they are not rusted!!these were cragars answer to the centerlines draglite in a chrome finish.they are on the rare side ,DONT give them away by any means.i would ask "about"$1000.00 or OBO for them.if i didnt already have the rare "vintage"weldwheels version of the centerline's draglite{remember the very thick hubs?},i'd buy them for sure.all the other links i've read on this are correct to the best of my knowledge..best of luck w/your 55'
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