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Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros
« Reply #150 on: March 25, 2014, 03:10:24 AM »
15X7, 15X8.5, 15X10 and I think 15X12 but not sure on that. I had the front 15x7 widened to 15x8. The back ones are 15x8.5. The 10&12 are deeeep dish.

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« Reply #151 on: March 25, 2014, 03:26:57 AM »
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« Reply #152 on: March 25, 2014, 03:31:07 AM »
so even though it says 15 x 8 it is probably 15 x 8.5? I wasn't sure if they made different sizes for the magnesium wheels
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Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros
« Reply #153 on: March 25, 2014, 03:41:31 AM »
They did make the magnesium ones in a 15 x 8 size because that was specified by the SCCA as the max legal size, although we know they made cheater sizes (slightly larger). They did not make 15 x 8 200-S Americans in aluminum.
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« Reply #154 on: March 25, 2014, 03:46:16 AM »
I did have a set of 15x8 magnesium wheels. They had a 5x5 bolt pattern for the Lincoln brakes that Ford ran on the front. The rears had the normal 5x4.5 Ford pattern.

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Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros
« Reply #155 on: March 25, 2014, 03:48:49 AM »
The aluminum ones are actually 15x6 3/4 not a full 15x7.

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« Reply #156 on: April 07, 2014, 09:56:01 PM »
Happened to see an earlier question on the vinyl roof on a Penske Camaro... Petty did it first on a Nascar Plymouth, probably to cover a little aero mod to the windshield and front edge of the roofline.

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« Reply #157 on: September 30, 2014, 12:06:26 AM »
I wasn't sure about posting these pics on this superb thread, as they relate to a Mustang. But I hope you guys get some enjoyment out of them anyway. And Jon, please delete if you feel this is not on topic.

A few months ago I visited a guy here in New Zealand called Nigel MacDonald and snapped these pics. He owns a hoard of '67 Mustangs, including a GTA convertible, a pair of Shelby GT350s, a GT500 barn find, a 390 GT, and a fastback race car which he runs with Historic Muscle Cars. But a few years ago he also bought an old '67 Shelby notchback race car, which had been owned by David Bowden in Australia for about ten years. David bought several old competition Mustangs out of NZ all around the same time. This is the only one to have returned.

Anyway, the car is one of the 26 A/Sedan race cars built by Shelby in 1967. It was bought new by a Kiwi racer called Frank Bryan, who did one or two events in the US before he shipped it back to NZ and raced it for a season, before it was sold to another racer called Red Dawson. The car was originally white, but Red painted it metallic blue, and went on to win the 1970 NZ Saloon Car Championship in it, as joint-champion with Rod Coppins in a Camaro.



Nigel is in the process of having the Mustang repainted in Dawsons colors; it was white when the Bowdens owned it. But of interest to this thread is an original magnesium American Racing wheel Nigel has managed to reunite with the Mustang, after he discovered the wheel here in New Zealand. It had been in a guys garage for years.



Note in the centre of the wheel is the indent referring to the Frank Bryan Racing Team. But note also his last name has been mis-spelt: "Frank Byran". I assume these must have been spare wheels ordered by Bryan from American Racing, rather than wheels ordered by Shelby for Bryan's car?


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« Reply #158 on: September 30, 2014, 01:01:24 AM »
No worries at all, Steve. This is the perfect place for your post. Great story about the car and the current owner being able to locate one of the original magnesium wheels. I wonder if any more of them are still lurking out there in someone's garage.
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« Reply #159 on: October 02, 2014, 08:17:34 PM »
Thanks Jon, glad you enjoyed that one. Nigel actually has three of the four wheels. I thought for some reason he just had the one. Nigel emailed me last night with the story:

"In August last year my cars featured in NZ Classic Car mag written by Gordon Campbell. Within a week or two a guy by the name of Harry rang me from Christchurch (in the South Island of NZ, and where Red Dawson sold the car in 1972) and informed me he had 3 of original magnesium rims. He had had them for about 15 years after buying them at a swap meet at Winchester (south of Christchurch) and they had been retrieved from a crashed track car, though not sure what. I made an arrangement to visit with him in a couple of months time when I was down on other business. He was a very genuine guy and was keen to see wheels reunited to the car and a very reasonable deal was done for which I am very grateful".

Nigel was also chasing a lead on a damaged wheel thought to have been from his car, and possibly the fourth wheel from the set. Strangely, this wheel was in Palmerston North, which is in the North Island of NZ, and a long, long way from where the other three wheels were living. Before Nigel could track the owner down, the guy apparently got himself into some trouble with the law, and his collection of parts was broken up. The whereabouts of the wheel are not yet known.

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« Reply #160 on: October 03, 2014, 01:30:23 PM »
Great story and nice bit of further information, Steve. Do the other wheels have the same misspelling of Frank Bryan's last name or was it just on the one?
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Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros
« Reply #161 on: October 18, 2014, 07:53:05 PM »
Here is a set of four 15x8.5" magnesium American D-spoke wheels for sale on ebay if anyone is interested... http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-15-x-8-5-MAGNESIUM-TORQ-THRUST-D-WHEELS-CORVETTE-Z-28-TRANS-AM-SCCA-/291217134935?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Wheels&hash=item43cde4d557&vxp=mtr

Certainly not a give-away price at over four grand but it is extremely hard to find these, especially in a matching set of four. The 5-on-5 bolt pattern
hurts us Chevy guys a bit but works great for the Ford guys with the Lincoln hubs.
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« Reply #162 on: October 19, 2014, 04:22:07 PM »
So what is a set of the same with Chevy pattern worth?  :)   
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« Reply #163 on: October 19, 2014, 04:37:51 PM »
So what is a set of the same with Chevy pattern worth?  :)   
easy answer would be only what someone is willing to pay... ;)
This guy lists wheels often and it seems like double the price of what I have seen actual sets sell for.

I have seen American racing magnesium 200S wheels with a chevy pattern go for around $1200

I saw a set of of magnesium 15 x 7 mini lites with the chevy pattern go for $1800

Hope this helps
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« Reply #164 on: October 19, 2014, 04:46:58 PM »
So what is a set of the same with Chevy pattern worth?  :)   
easy answer would be only what someone is willing to pay... ;)
This guy lists wheels often and it seems like double the price of what I have seen actual sets sell for.

I have seen American racing magnesium 200S wheels with a chevy pattern go for around $1200

I saw a set of of magnesium 15 x 7 mini lites with the chevy pattern go for $1800

Hope this helps

the fella running the ebay ads is a 'magnesium/?? wheel dealer'.... 
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