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Opinions wanted...Model A stance

Later this month I plan to start work on my Model A frame which will be boxed in anticipation of a LS1 power plant from my 2004 GTO (along with the auto transmission).

I have a 4" drop axle ki for the front and hoping to run 15" rims although I am running front fenders.

Would love to hear your opinion about what rim size and rear tire (height) size you think I should use and what you think is the perfect stance for a Model A. 15s up front and 16s in the rear? Same rim size but different sized tires? I want it low/raked stance.

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Old 09-16-2010, 10:39 PM
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Ask Deuce, Cboy about that. Maybe in their journals it will say.
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I'm building a '32 Victoria, I have 15 X 6's on the front with 195/65/15's....the rear are 16 x 8 with 255/70/16's. Nice rake but not too "Dago'd". Lots of guys run big and littles with many varied size tire and wheel combo's. You'll just have to find whats best for you......just keep 'em inside the fenders and please no 20's and 22's...looks like chit on a hot rod in my opinion.
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"20's and 22's...looks like chit on a hot rod in my opinion."


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Try a 3 inch difference in tire diameter front to back

I built a 1930 hot rod years ago that had a 6 inch difference between the front tire diameter and the rear. It looked cool but did not handle well. Later I reduced the the difference to 3 inches. The back tire was 3 inches larger in diameter than the front. Also the tires on back are 8 inches wide, the tires on the front were 6 inches wide. Looked almost as cool and drove much better. Car has a nice rake and gets attention everywhere it goes. The car had 14 X 6 inch rims on the front and 15 X 8 rims on the back. If you are not sure what to do you could start out with this set up. The car would probably handle better with the same size rims and tires all the way around but it does not look as cool.
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These on my '31 are 15x6 (205-60x15=~25" tall)) and 17x8(265-60x17 =~29" tall). I do need to raise the rear end an inch for little better appearance, but the tires do fill the wheel wells just right and more importantly to me at least, the car does handle very nicely at speed.




The wheels are Billet specialties GTX-01 (which have been discontinued tho available on special order). Front back space is 3.5", the rears 3.75" and on a '57 Ford 9".

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Thanks for all the info

Appreciate you folks weighing in on my question.
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These on my '31 are 15x6 (205-60x15=~25" tall)) and 17x8(265-60x17 =~29" tall). I do need to raise the rear end an inch for little better appearance, but the tires do fill the wheel wells just right and more importantly to me at least, the car does handle very nicely at speed.




The wheels are Billet specialties GTX-01 (which have been discontinued tho available on special order). Front back space is 3.5", the rears 3.75" and on a '57 Ford 9".

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On my 32 Roadster ... I run 165X80X15R's on the front and 235/75/15R's on the rear ...







And the same on my 32 3W coupe
The 32 3W coupe has actually settled down a little in the front ... since this photo was shot. Couple thousand miles will make one settle See second photo ...






I have had other 32 Fords and tried different tire sizes ... these work the best for me ...

The 165/80/15R is enough tire for the front ... and the 235/75/15R is large as I want on the rear. Any larger tire ( wide or tall ) does not fit the rear fender as well ... and adds weight to the unsprung weight ratio. The lighter the tire ... the better the ride. With a light car and a short wheelbase ... working on the reduction of unsprung weight really helps the ride. If you like to actually drive your Hot Rod like I do ... I want a decent ride for the 300/400/500 miles weekend trips my wife and I like to take. Also ... a decent ride makes the wife ... want to go off for the weekend ... MORE.

Here is a shot of the rear fit ... with a 235/75/15R

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very nice deuce!! I can only hope for one......maybe one day........
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very nice deuce!! I can only hope for one......maybe one day........
ONE ???

I have TWO and would like to add another 32 ... to the garage.
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....It is a disease that there is no cure for
That's no lie. I'm doubly cursed as I also have the Mopar addiction.

Although this one is still under construction you can see how it sits with my choice of wheels and tires.



Fronts are 15x5 and rears are 16x6. Tires on the front are 195/65R15 and the rears are 265/70R16. This is an early '60s style build so I didn't go wider than what could have been found back then.

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