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Old 09-24-2006, 09:14 PM
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Refirbishing 1973 and 1974 stock rims.

I figured I would put this here since the topic supports "driveline" subjects.

My car currently has mismatches rims/rubber on the front. I need new rubber aswell as a wheel alignment and wheel balancing. So I've been putting off getting that work done until I got matching rims. One rim was an original 14" chevy nova rim and the other I don't know about. However my uncle gave me one of his 73 nova ss rims that was from his car that he rolled.

I just got the rim here and its got some wear and tear. What I would like to do is take all the crappy old rubber off and replace it. But before doing that I want to clean up the rims a little. I was thinking about taking them to my school throwing them in the sandblaster and cleaning them up before painting them. What do you guys think? Would this work well for two rallye rims? One from a 73 Nova SS and one from a 74 Nova SS. The one on my car now is painted grey and isn't too bad. My car is currently in grey primer and I will be painting it black with white rallye stripes in the future. I was thinking of painting the front rims black or silver(to match the rear rims with are superior diamond spokes).

Here are a few pictures. Note I don't have a picture of the new rallye rim. Its in a little worse shape then the one on my car. Its a bit rusty.

Back rims(now has new 295-50-r15 rubber):

Front rim(I think this ones the original rallye)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-26-2006, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by topdogger

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I seriously doubt if you need that much tire on the rear ... and I think the Nova would look a lot better with a matching set of rims ...

We have a man in my area who sandblasts the rims and then powder coats them ( any color ) for a reasonable amount of $$$ ...

That's what I would do ... and work back towards the classic restored look ... but then ... I remember when those Novas were NEW ...
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ya the car definately needs a lot of work but I haven't had it that long. When I got it it had sat beside someones garage without a motor for 10 years in primer. The back right shock absorber mount had blown through the trunk and the passenger side(same as shock) muffler was split open end to end from a rank backfire. At that same time when the shock absorber went through the trunk it fell down and went through the gas tank.

I've had almost all of that crap fixed now. I'm assuming the problem before with the shock through the trunk was from the risers they had above the shocks. There were stock shocks with 3" spacers jerryrigged up and they had quite the flex side to side... But I had a mechanic weld up my trunk and install aftermarket extended shock absorbers which fit perfect. The original hood will be going on after I get it painted to patch the car. Right now its the original burgundy colour. The reason they used the snorkal hood was apparently because they had a tunnel ram going through it. The hood has a cutout where my air cleaner could go up in the scoop but I haven't had a chance to install a 3" riser.

I've just ordered a new gas tank for my car thats an exact replica. I will probably be trying to build up a posi diff this winter aswell while my car is in storage. I'm also looking into a new urithane bushing kit(urithane spelt wrong) for the front and rear suspension.

I'm going through highschool and just looking to make this a fun car. I hate those crappy ricers everyone drives around where its all about how big of a muffler you can get speedy muffler to slap on.
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