I have 63 T-Bird with Kelsey Hays 14" Wire Spokes, what size disk will fit 9" or 11" disk.
I can't say that I have ever tried it or seen it done but to the best of my experience, those 14" rims cannot go over a disc caliper. If for some reason you find a way to do, how about letting the rest of us know how and what you had to do to make it work.
Your not going to get disc brakes with those rims, if you want disc brakes you may have to go with a Dayton wire wheel.
Yes 14" wheels are too small to fit disc brake rotors. Larger wheels (17- 18") are needed for after market disc brakes like Baer.
No, you can use 15" rims like on the 65-66 Bird. I wouldn't ruin the looks with 17" and up unless you want a street rod and not a classic.
It's a big car, a set of 17" wheels would look good but not ridiculous. The outer hoop on the 65-66 15" wire wheels may still have clearance issues for the caliper. I have 17" wheels on my "68" Camaro and it looks great and that's a much smaller car, anything above 17" would be a bit much.
17's on my lowered SB Chevy truck, & it looks good with Nitto 225X50Xr17 & 275X50Xr17 staggered tires.
I found a "63" T Bird with 17" wheels, have a look
17's are the new standard for the old 15's. If you think about it the tire heigth doesn't change only the aspect ratio or sidewall. New tech tires have improved greatly since the old bias ply days. 45 series tires are common on many cars these days. Nittio 17X50's on my Chevy truck shown.
See, 45X17's Pirelli's on my little Fiat Abarth turbo, they came standard. I used 18X35's (plus 1) on a JCW Mini-S with BFG G-Force tires. 17X50's at least, on your T-bird. Sport trucks now use 20's!
Camaro collecter: I had a 1969 SS 396 turbo hydro automatic in 69' that ran 13.00 flat in the 1/4 pure stock! Swapped out the engine later for a crate 427" L-88 then 11. sec. 1/4's. Not bad for an automatic car in 1969! Loved beating up on those 426" Dodge & Plymouth Hemi's in A/SA class.
My 69' SS 396, Camaro 13 seconds flat on Uniroyal 15" Tiger Paws, & GM's Turbo-hydro 400's were great & faster than Mopars Torque Flight auto trans.
My "68" does 3.8 seconds 0 to 60 on Nitto 555's with a 6.2 LS3 Sorry to get off topic star48.
My 69' I raced was IN 1969 & 1970. Of course things have changed with the LS's.
Alright, are we finished with the *issing contest on Chevys? Back to the T-Bird problem. No 14" rims and Disc brakes
It's not a pissing contest, it's chit chat, and besides the question was answered already.
Haha, a pissing contest? that's funny, I'm 65 yrs. old, jitter-bug, & let me take another hit of Flowmax first! I was born with a Chevrolet bow-tie in my hand.
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