: 76 cdv wheels ?



blueboy
08-06-13, 04:02 PM
Has anyone replaced the stock wheels on a `76 CDV? Mine are going to need shot blasting and repainting before the hubcaps go back on and then I thought ...hmmm, wonder if there's a newer steel or lighter ally wheel available. Googled but couldn't find any....:-(
Did find those gorgeous stainless steel wire wheels but they're pricey: http://www.cokertire.com/cadillac-tire-wheel-combo-1940-57.html

Globe199
08-06-13, 04:23 PM
Good lord. Four of those wheels would cost more than this beaut:

http://gatewayclassiccars.com/chicago/1976/cadillac/fleetwood-S38.html

sven914
08-06-13, 06:06 PM
Pretty much any 15 inch rim for a GM Rear Wheel Drive made between 1968 and 1992, will fit your car; this includes Chevrolet/GMC trucks and vans. All of the rims are pretty much identical, and will fit your hubcaps, but won't be any lighter. I have one set of rims that came with my car and a second for my winter tires that came from a '79 Pontiac and an '82 Scottsdale, and one rim from an '80 Caprice that I use as a spare. I have 4 sets of hubcaps, dating from '72, '76, '81, and '89, and they all fit on all of my rims.

Technically, any 5X5 bolt pattern will fit your car, and there are several of manufactures that use that use that pattern; I also have a Lincoln Continental rim for my winter spare. Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler vehicles have been using 5X5 rims since 1999, and they might be lighter for fuel economy reasons. Your hubcaps won't fit those rims, and there may be clearance issues.

I believe that in the mid '80's there was a 20-hole variant of the GM 5X5 rim, offered as an option on Cadillac limousines or commercial chassis for one year. They are extremely rare and most of the 20-hole rims are only for Front Wheel Drive Cadillacs.

blueboy
08-06-13, 08:04 PM
Thanks Sven914. Going to have a look around for some wheels from that era...possibly cheaper and easier than taking the present ones off Blueboy, cleaning, shot blasting and painting. I like these tyres:
http://www.cokertire.com/popular-tire-applications/cadillac/1970-1976/maxxis-235-75r15.html

I also found these. I don't think hubcaps will fit but they may be lighter.
http://www.cokertire.com/artillery-wheel-primed-15x6-1.html

I'm trying to see if there is any way of reducing unsprung weight...comes from my engineering mind:-)

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IMHO that Fleetwood (nice) is a bit pricey too!

carnut
08-07-13, 07:49 PM
Unsprung weight??? 5X5 alloys from a Ford or Dodge truck.