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White Walls Yes/No?

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Rodney McLain
Greenville SC, USA   usa
2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class "The SLK"
2004 Volvo V70 "The Wagon"
2008 Mercedes-Benz E320 "The Diesel"

My 72 came from the factory with white walls and wire wheels. W/W were $32 and wires were $89. Loved 70's prices, did not love polyester.eye rolling smiley With the right color car (Iris, Black, etc) they are quite handsome and very period correct.
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Rick Crosby
South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA   usa
1959 Edsel Villager "OLD Red EDSEL"
1969 MG MGB GT "Emma"
2003 Chevrolet S10 "The S10"
2011 Subaru Forester "Mom's Princess Mobile"
2013 Ford F-150 Pickup 4WD "The Behemoth"

In reply to # 2305563 by Speedracer Also, anyone remember porta-a-walls , LOL smiling smiley

I remember port-o-walls!grinning smiley

Back in the 1970's, I had a friend who lost half his port-o-wall at about 70 mph on the New York State Thruway!eye popping smiley

That certainly threw the wheel out balance!

Cheers,

Rick
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Matt Kulka
Charlotte, NC, USA   usa

You want a cool period look? A redline tire would look great on a black MGB.

http://www.cokertire.com/redline-tires

http://www.volvette.com/WH79C.html
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Manek Dubash
Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom   gbr
1968 MG MGB "Odysseus"

I say no. As a Brit, to me white walls look Ok on 1950s and 60s American cars but not on Brits...just don't look right.



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Andy Mathers
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia   aus
1972 MG MGB MkII "Bee2 (B2)"

I like them. I'd love a set on my B. Thin stripe for mine!

Andy M grinning smiley



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John P
A C, TN, USA   usa

Quote: I say no. As a Brit, to me white walls look Ok on 1950s and 60s American cars but not on Brits...just don't look right.
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Shane Nudds
Henrietta, NY, USA   usa

In reply to # 2305453 by ohlord Those look like Dayton wires,you can get them from tons of vendors. Don't cost 5grand
and you can get them in MGB offsets in 14-15-and 16's
and they don't need tuning
$350 each take modern tubeless tires


I know wires are not 5 grand. I was talking about the custom rims on the Vette in the the first picture.
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McDonough, Georgia, USA   usa

Hell no!!!!!
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Rob C
North of Seattle, N.W., USA   usa
1971 MG MGB "Bedouin 2"

In reply to # 2306279 by kawtoy
In reply to # 2305453 by ohlord Those look like Dayton wires,you can get them from tons of vendors. Don't cost 5grand
and you can get them in MGB offsets in 14-15-and 16's
and they don't need tuning
$350 each take modern tubeless tires


I know wires are not 5 grand. I was talking about the custom rims on the Vette in the the first picture.

Not custom rims and you can get adapters. Wheel place in Ca. can put any center into most any rim to your spec offset for
$80 per wheel. those appear to be stock 80's z28 camaro rims found at almost any wrecking yard. Definitely not $5K custom rims.
14by6.5's running 205's with simple fender rolling and no fender flares.



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Nathan ~
Oregon, USA   usa

I generally think they make the driver look older and the car look slower.

I do like them on cruisers and sleds, like the 49 Merc, 52 Bel Air, 62 Impala.



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George Heissenberger
Victor, New York, USA   usa
1973 MG MGB MkIII "OUR MG- The Old Girl"
2006 Mini Cooper "Greta's Mini"

Most all the cars had them back in the day, I had them on my '71. Skinny whitewalls. Now I don't.



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Shane Nudds
Henrietta, NY, USA   usa

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those appear to be stock 80's z28 camaro rims found at almost any wrecking yard. Definitely not $5K custom rims.
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We must be looking at different pictures. The rims on the red corvette on 100% one off custom wheels. The car was shown at SEMA and built for will.i.am, a millionaire many times over. I am pretty sure he didn't use wheels from a 80's camaro.
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Rob C
North of Seattle, N.W., USA   usa
1971 MG MGB "Bedouin 2"

Money and taste do not always collide. look at a set of Mid 80s Iroc rims almost the same thing sans the paint.
Not $5k in any case.



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Paul PB
Samford, Brisbane, Australia   aus

I have white walls on my 78 roadster and love their look.

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Shane Nudds
Henrietta, NY, USA   usa

In reply to # 2308160 by ohlord Money and taste do not always collide. look at a set of Mid 80s Iroc rims almost the same thing sans the paint.
Not $5k in any case.


The rims on the red corvette are Colorado Customs white wall rims. Check out their website to see how expensive their normal rims are and just try to imagine what they would charge for one-off custom wheels. If you can find a Iroc Z from the mid 80's that has white walls built into the rim then I would be very curious to see. I think you are right about the rims not being 5K though. I would guess they are at least 10-12k for a set, likely much more. We are all out of touch a bit with how expensive custom parts for show cars can be since most of the bits for our LBC are easily found on eBay or online. A car does not become a star of SEMA by rolling on wheels you can get a Pep Boys. The original question was how do white walls look on a B. The photoshop of the custom wheels on the B isn't a fair picture because those wheels would cost more than the car and would take major work to get them to even fit.
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Shane Nudds
Henrietta, NY, USA   usa

Here is a close up shot of the wheels. Not how I remember Iroc wheels looking, haha.

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Dave Diamond
Berkeley, California, USA   usa

Wide white walls were a fixture of the 1950s, not the 1960s, and were gone by the time the MGB came out, replaced by very skinny white stripes (primarily in the US). I had a '70 that had (skinny) whitewalls back in the day, though I never did like the look. It said "boulevard cruiser" as opposed to "sports car". I definitely thing that the wide white walls look silly on anything but cars of the 1950s.
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Rick Crosby
South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA   usa
1959 Edsel Villager "OLD Red EDSEL"
1969 MG MGB GT "Emma"
2003 Chevrolet S10 "The S10"
2011 Subaru Forester "Mom's Princess Mobile"
2013 Ford F-150 Pickup 4WD "The Behemoth"

In reply to # 2308366 by davester Wide white walls were a fixture of the 1950s, not the 1960s, and were gone by the time the MGB came out, replaced by very skinny white stripes (primarily in the US). I had a '70 that had (skinny) whitewalls back in the day, though I never did like the look. It said "boulevard cruiser" as opposed to "sports car". I definitely thing that the wide white walls look silly on anything but cars of the 1950s.

Good Morning Dave,

Close, the exception being very early cars. I know they're been posted before, but below are a couple of BMC ads and the brochure cover for the new 1962 MGB!

Cheers,

Rick



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Chris McMillin
Los Angeles, USA   usa

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Fairfield, CA, USA   usa

There are many properly sized diameter and bolt circle cast wheels available in the market today. Most seem to be ones from back in the day when there was a huge market for the B and the Datsun Z cars.

They don't have the frail look that ricer or gold tooth wheels have...

In reply to # 2305448 by kawtoy You are not going to be able to find a set of wheels like that for a B. The bolt pattern and wheel size are non-existent in todays modern wheel market. You would have to have a set custom made which would be in the $5000 range.



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