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Old 08-11-2004, 05:27 PM   #1
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Are these stock wheels?

I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that the wheels I have on my 1973 AS are probably not the original stock ones. Here are the reasons I am thinking this:

1.) The rims appear to be 7" wide - I thought stock ones were 6"
2.) There is about 1" of positive offset - I think the stock ones have 0 offset
(the offeset as I understand it is the distance from the center of the wheel
to the back of the wheel where it mounts to the axle hub - positive offset I
think means the mounting point is closer to the outside of the wheel)
3.) There are mounting clips for a baby moon style hub cap in the middle of the wheel but they had full coverage hub caps.
3.) A Goodyear tire shop said they looked like chevy truck wheels to him. Maybe AS wheels do look like chevy truck wheels?

Also I wonder if the wheel covers that I have are really AS ones. I am including a photo here - does anyone know if these are 1973 AS wheel covers?

Thanks,

Malcolm
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Old 08-11-2004, 05:55 PM   #2
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Isn't the symbol in the middle of the wheel cover the Lincoln Continental symbol?
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The hubcaps were OEM in the early 70's
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Old 08-11-2004, 11:47 PM   #4
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Yes, that is absolutely 70's era Airstream wheelcover. There was a time (10 years ago, or so) when those were plentiful and you could find some at almost any Airstream "flea market". However, they are now a bit hard to come by. If you have a full set, you are in luck!
I don't know about all the spec's re: your wheels, but the mouting clips (for hubcaps) are accurate for an Airstream wheel.
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Had a full set !

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Yes, that is absolutely 70's era Airstream wheelcover. There was a time (10 years ago, or so) when those were plentiful and you could find some at almost any Airstream "flea market". However, they are now a bit hard to come by. If you have a full set, you are in luck!
I don't know about all the spec's re: your wheels, but the mouting clips (for hubcaps) are accurate for an Airstream wheel.
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And then there were three....

Bought our A/S and drove it home for 1000 miles, then took it to the Florida Keys....just into Georgia I noticed that we had LOST ONE!!! Damn the luck.

Seriously considering putting the remaining three on ebay... I've got some great ones for replacement.
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And then there were three....

Bought our A/S and drove it home for 1000 miles, then took it to the Florida Keys....just into Georgia I noticed that we had LOST ONE!!! Damn the luck.

Seriously considering putting the remaining three on ebay... I've got some great ones for replacement.
If you're looking to sell one or more, I'm looking to buy one to replace one I just lost over Labor Day.
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