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57 fair lane would it be a mistake to get rid of original rims ?

Have rims a tires being given to me but to save money was gonna put the old rims with sears bias ply on for trade. Mistake or ok

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you can always keep both.
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A '57 Fairlane is a full size car and it came with 14" wheels. If that's what you have, the scrap steel dumpster at the local transfer station is where they belong. Very few people restore '57 Fords as they rusted out beyond belief. Tires are expensive if you can even find the right size that isn't dry rotted even new.
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Not rusted bought from an 90 year old lady been garaged for 22 years. I have seen a lot of beautiful 57 fair lanes on google images is this not a car that will keep its 50s nostalgia. It looks so cool
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'57 Fords are a fine Auto, but Dave's right,'57-'59 Fords have some rust issues and that's why they are not the most common car to restore, but Dearbornclassics and Macs both list resto parts.. As for the 14" original rims. I can't remember if the Fords of that era use snap on wheel covers or if the wheels have tab clips to hold them on.. Either way, there is no real value in original rims, and Sears bias ply tires are going to be too old to use, but if you get rid of them, it may or may not allow you to go back to original wheel covers if you wanted to so it's probably best to stack them in the corner of the garage.

14" tires to fit are probably in the $100 range as they will be 70 series tires which hasn't been used new since the 80's in a 14"
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You didn't fill your profile in, but the '57's in Upstate NY rusted about anyplace there was steel and maybe a few more just because. I'm of the age where I actually had owned three - a red convert(312V8), a red and white hard top(292V8) and the lowest of the low end-vomit green (6 cyl). Every one was a rolling rust bucket. But with that said, I do believe it was one of the best looking Fords ever - but that rust ............
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You didn't fill your profile in, but the '57's in Upstate NY rusted about anyplace there was steel and maybe a few more just because. I'm of the age where I actually had owned three - a red convert(312V8), a red and white hard top(292V8) and the lowest of the low end-vomit green (6 cyl). Every one was a rolling rust bucket. But with that said, I do believe it was one of the best looking Fords ever - but that rust ............
Me and my English Wheel would love to have a rusty conv. ....

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my dad junked his original 55 chevy rims and hubcaps 20yrs ago. oopps.
I say don't scrap good car parts; if you're into getting paid very little for your stuff, sell em on craigs list for scrap price. At least theres a chance they'll go to someone who will use them.
They dont take up much room, so in the end, Id clean em up and stack em in the corner.
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