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Ok everyone...I finally got my Vintage Wheel Works, Inc. V40 wheels and BFG Radial T/A's from Driverz Inc. I almost didn't get the T/A's. Jon told me that BFG quit making them in 15" size and I thought I would have to go with Cooper's or Firestone Indy's. The T/A's tire molds were bought up by the (can't remember name) that sells Vintage tires. When I opened the boxes boy was I surprised.

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Re: Finally got my wheels and tires for my Z.

That may have been Cooker<sp> Tire ????

BTW.... looks perfect

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Re: Finally got my wheels and tires for my Z.

Looks good!

Too bad BFG is not going to make the TA anymore.


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Re: Finally got my wheels and tires for my Z.

Wow looks great. I love the color combination. I want the same wheels for my car, I have the same color combination, except mine is a hard top and I am going to go for the black wheels. I currently have the same tires, but I am going to go for some old school looking Good Years if I can find them.

PS how do you like the 410 rear. I have a 342 and I am looking to get more gear. Some say 410 is too much. What do you say? I will be running a M20 as well. Motor will be a 1970 350 LT1 or a stroker with all the stock LT1, 302 parts, intake, carb etc.

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I have the same color combination, except mine is a hard top
What makes you think his Z is a convertible?
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Thanks for the compliments guys.

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Re: Finally got my wheels and tires for my Z.

Your right Doug...it's Coker Tires. I just couldn't remember the name.

Took awhile and a lot of looking until I decided what I wanted. Thanks for the compliment.

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Re: Finally got my wheels and tires for my Z.

I'm currently running the 70 350 LT1 with the 4.10's but it's getting old. The car is fun to drive with the M20, she's quick thru the gears.
I have a 3.73's getting ready to go back in the rear. I have a vinyl top as well.

This winter the 302 is going back in as soon as I can make up my mind on head gaskets and what oil pump to use.


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Wow looks great. I love the color combination. I want the same wheels for my car, I have the same color combination, except mine is a hard top and I am going to go for the black wheels. I currently have the same tires, but I am going to go for some old school looking Good Years if I can find them.

PS how do you like the 410 rear. I have a 342 and I am looking to get more gear. Some say 410 is too much. What do you say? I will be running a M20 as well. Motor will be a 1970 350 LT1 or a stroker with all the stock LT1, 302 parts, intake, carb etc.

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Gary the new rims and tires look great.

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He has a vinyl top, mine does not.

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I'm currently running the 70 350 LT1 with the 4.10's but it's getting old. The car is fun to drive with the M20, she's quick thru the gears.
I have a 3.73's getting ready to go back in the rear. I have a vinyl top as well.

This winter the 302 is going back in as soon as I can make up my mind on head gaskets and what oil pump to use.
Hey Gary based on your experience, what changes would you make for the ultimate set up. Since I am starting from scratch I am curious how to get the best of all possible worlds in one great package. Some say more gear, some say less. I do like a bit of hiway driving, but no major long trips planned, just around town.

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What do you think?
Looks awesome Gary, I've sometimes thought about going for a larger size wheel (still an old school design), but those pictures have reassured me that 15" in that style look just right with Radial T/As, as an alternative to the standard Rallys.
Didn't know that BFG had stopped producing that tire, will Coker (? spelling) continue to make them from the molds? If not I'd better buy a set before they sell out....

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Re: Finally got my wheels and tires for my Z.

If you want to build yourself something for fun and seat of the pants thrills, I do like my set up, especially in town areas that you know. By that I mean the cops know you and you know them. Some of the local town police have stuff of their own they come out with and they like to play as well...at least around here. Here in Delaware US HWY 13 and US HWY 113 are the main highways. Became 55 mph when I first got stationed at Dover AFB in 1974 and has never changed since. Some places are MPH. I can usually drive and keep up with traffic with the 4.10's on these roads, but that's if the other travelers stay at the speed limit, which 95% or better don't.

Now they have a thru road (RT1) for the beach traffic and what not which I don't go on much. (I believe it's 65 mph not too sure). Here I can run 4500 to 5000 rpm for short distances just playing around with another friend but I don't sustain that much. I can probably get by if I put back in the 3.73's. This road you'll find alot of the newer HI-PO cars that can go above 120 or more with ease. Mostly at night though.

It's a real tough decision to make when it comes to what you want to put in the rear. Around 1985 I had a 66 Chevy II Nova running a 327/365 and 4.56's, built turbo 350 manual shift only. Now that was fun around town, but no way could I drive it even on 13 and 113. That got old real fast. You could pop right out there in front of everyone street light to street light, but forget it on open road, your toast. 40 mph at 4500 or so rpm isn't good in traffic. My wife hated driving that car. I think I still have a pic of it somewhere. Way old school look. Short Grumpy Jenkins style hood box, roll bar, etc.

And for the winner...my first 69 Z28. I picked this car up cheap wrecked in the front when I first got to Dover AFB in 1974. Rebuilt the 302 to the 12's and 140 cam specs, had plenty of head work done and had 4.88's in the rear, M21. Remember Sunoco 260? My only car then. I had to make a trip to Memphis, Tenn. and back and that was rough, especially with 2 babies in the back seat and a 6 ft female Boa Constrictor. I was glad to get that car back to Dover. I sold it to someone in Maryland when I got orders to England. I took something special there with me, but that's is another story for another time.

Basically...you really have to think long and hard on what you feel you want the car to perform like. You have to feel out your surroundings. How are the roads, the cops (especially). Engine wise that's a no brainer...build what you want for the gas available, but the rear is a whole different thought process.

That is my experience. I'm putting my 302 back in along with the 3.73's and sticking to it. Getting too old for the old days.


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Re: Finally got my wheels and tires for my Z.

I thought Jon at DriverzInc. told me Coker already has the molds for the 15" tire, and from what I noticed about Coker Tires, they are expensive. If you can find any TA's locally get them. Jon called me and said he could not find any TA's anywhere, would I be happy with Cooper or Firestone. I said Firestone INDY 500's. I was really surprised when I opened the boxes and saw the TA's. I think his words to me when I called him were 'I had to pull some strings, but I found a set for you'.


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Looks awesome Gary, I've sometimes thought about going for a larger size wheel (still an old school design), but those pictures have reassured me that 15" in that style look just right with Radial T/As, as an alternative to the standard Rallys.
Didn't know that BFG had stopped producing that tire, will Coker (? spelling) continue to make them from the molds? If not I'd better buy a set before they sell out....

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Thanks Gary. Are your tires 235/60 by any chance?

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