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Old 10-12-2008, 02:13 PM
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S-10 Wheels on an early Chevelle

I have decided to use those 15x7 aluminum 5-spoke wheels on my 66 Elky.
I bought a set of the base s-10 wheels for temporary use and had to grind some nubs off from the center hole to get clearance for the hub and rear axel.

Now that I know I will need to machine the hubs and axle flanges to get them to mount, I am needing to get over another issue.

I will want to use the factory s-10 caps on the wheels. (98+ type wheels)

So----will I need to change all of the studs to use the metric nuts that the factory caps will need for retention?

Or----is there a 7/16 version lugnut available that has the outer threads to retain the cap??

Axle has to come out anyway to reduce the dia of the drum locating hub (will leave enough to center the drum) so changing studs would not be a big deal---if they are available to fit the axle and hub.

Any one done this???
Anyone have any input on this??

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I have not done it, but I think I would change the studs.......the metrics seem a little beefier than the 7/16......
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I have decided to use those 15x7 aluminum 5-spoke wheels on my 66 Elky.
I bought a set of the base s-10 wheels for temporary use and had to grind some nubs off from the center hole to get clearance for the hub and rear axel.

Now that I know I will need to machine the hubs and axle flanges to get them to mount, I am needing to get over another issue.

I will want to use the factory s-10 caps on the wheels. (98+ type wheels)

So----will I need to change all of the studs to use the metric nuts that the factory caps will need for retention?

Or----is there a 7/16 version lugnut available that has the outer threads to retain the cap??

Axle has to come out anyway to reduce the dia of the drum locating hub (will leave enough to center the drum) so changing studs would not be a big deal---if they are available to fit the axle and hub.

Any one done this???
Anyone have any input on this??

Bryan
I had the same idea Bryan. I bought a set a few years ago for my 64 Chevelle. I read somewhere these rims use the center hole to locate them & distribute the load. It would be easier to open up the hole in the rim I think.
I don't have any Info about the lug nuts tho'. Haven't figured out what I'm gonna use either.
They are nice looking rims for factory.
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Well,
I will machine the axle flanges and front hubs to fit the wheels
Gonna give that stud changing some serious thought as well.
Hopefully---I will be able to use s-10 rotors when/if I upgrade to discs.

I think these wheels (with 205/70 tires) will look very nice on an otherwise stock appearing car.

Gonna be looking into this as soon as I return home this weekend.
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Went junkyardin' today and bought one of these S-10 wheels-($30)
Dirty but looks okay---I woulda bought it even if it was broken.

Got it home and guess what----slipped right onto the 65 hub I have laying about

Now if I will get up off my lazy butt and go waaaay out back, I will pull a wheel from the frame I have and see if it will fit the axel.

Have no idea why the aluminum wheel will fit and the steel wheel will not

Gonna go on a lug nut and stud search during the week
Also gonna see if the will fit the rotors I have. That old frame had a set of drop spindle discs on it and seems no one wants to buy them. Brand new too.
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Well, finally picked up a set of late model S-10 wheels
Went to mount them onto the car, and they would not fit.
Not to mention that all of the studs needed to be replaced with longer ones, and the "SPECIAL" 7/16 lugnuts needed to hold the center cap plastic retainer nuts.

Rather than bore the wheel center-(afraid of losing a balance reference surface), I trimmed .020 from the front hubs (except where the drums center), and kinda the same thing on rear axles.

I experimented with a partscar axle before cutting the good ones.
Hard to get a true center on the axles in the little lathe at work, so I ended up just removing everything that was not needed to center the rear drums.


Also replace thebearings - used a pair of those bearings that move the bearing and seal surfaces to an unworn position.

Bound and determined to get hese wheels on the car
I WILL be running ww tires---this is about the size tire I am going to use.
215-70-15



I think they look just fine---how about you??

Also finally got my hood goodies put back on----yep, the car is dirty.


one step at a time----it will eventually get back together
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