1963 Country Sedan

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  1. EJ1963

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    Looking for ideas on tire size - looking to go with the Torque Thrust wheel. Car will be normal ride height and be used to tow a vintage trailer!
     

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    Awesome camper / trailer!

    I'd go with 15". I would think 17" or 18" wheels would make for a rough ride, especially for towing.

    I assume you want tires that you can rotate? And that you don't want staggered (wider tires in the back)?

    15x8 wheels on all 4 corners with 255-60-15 tires would be my suggestion. Or maybe 245-60-15.

    What size tires are on the wagon now?
     
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    stock 14 inch wheels and drum brakes at the moment but converting to discs on the front right now.
     
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    I'm curious what size tires. Maybe a 215-75-14? They have tire size calculators, where we can compare the size of your existing 14" tires to the different potential 15" tire sizes available, and come up with something close to the existing diameter, so it won't throw off your speedometer, etc.
     
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    will check
     
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    I did some investigation....

    The standard tire size on your wagon was 8.00 x 14 (for the 'regular' passenger big Fords it was 7.50 x 14. 406 V8-equipped models had 7.50 x 15 wheels / tires.

    The 8.00 x 14 tire size would equate to today's P215/75R14 tire
    If you wanted to upgrade to a 15" wheel, your correct tire size would be P215/70 x 15.
    - And of course you could always upgrade to a bigger tire. There's lots of tire size comparison charts, etc. on the internet.
     
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    Thanks, looking at the original design Torque Thrust wheel now, and with the disc brake conversion, I will need a 15 inch wheel I'm told as a minimum - this number looks like they will fit.
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo The Lost Lamb

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    It depends what kit or parts you use, but remember, there are two Torque-Thrust designs, and the matte finish ones (the "D") were originally cast for the Corvettes with front disc brakes.
     
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    Using this tire size calculator:

    http://www.1010tires.com/Tools/Tire-Size-Calculator3

    the 255-60-15 is just a tad taller than the stock size, 215-75-14. 27.05" diameter vs 26.70" diameter. Should be a good size to upgrade to. The 245-60-15 is a tad shorter. 26.57" vs 26.70" diameter. Would work also. The 245 would be 10mm narrower than the 255. Share some pictures when you get them installed!
     
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    Will post pics as soon as I can.
     

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