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#2382379 - 10/05/17 11:04 AM Wheel and tire availability on 1970 Hemi B-bodies
ChryCoGuy Offline
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I was reading a discussion on a model car message board about the new Revell 1970 Charger kit, which has a Hemi and the Magnum 500 style road wheels. http://www.revell.com/model-kits/cars/85-4381.html#.WdZG6YprzUY

On the message board it was stated by some that the Hemi cars could only be purchased with 15" wheels and therefore the kit wheels were incorrect, but there are other sources which indicate that F70x14s were standard equipment on all R/Ts, including Hemis. I hesitate to ask this question as it only relates to a model car, but it is interesting nonetheless.

Here are the sources indicating 14" wheel availability:





Both above images from Hamtramck Historical: http://www.hamtramck-historical.com/library.shtml

Then there's this build sheet from a '70 Hemi Charger that shows it was originally equipped with 14s (it was said on that board that is is probably a "1 of 1"):



from this page: http://www.1970hemicharger.com/build_sheet_decoded.html

This is more out of interest than anything, but can anybody shed some light on the Hemi 15" wheel thing? I have only seen documentation that supports 14" wheels being standard on them.

Thanks!!

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#2382421 - 10/05/17 12:29 PM Re: Wheel and tire availability on 1970 Hemi B-bodies [Re: ChryCoGuy]
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1970
HEMI b-body tires - F70-14 STANDARD (F60-15 OPTIONAL)
HEMI e-body tires - F60-15 STANDARD (no OPTION)

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Edited by 6bblgt (10/05/17 02:31 PM)
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#2382440 - 10/05/17 12:49 PM Re: Wheel and tire availability on 1970 Hemi B-bodies [Re: 6bblgt]
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Originally Posted By 6bblgt
1970
HEMI b-body tires - F70-14 STANDARD (F60-15 OPTIONAL)
HEMI e-body tires - F60-15 STANDARD (no OTION)


Ah, thanks! Betcha they are thinking about E-bodies!! thumbs

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#2382619 - 10/05/17 05:56 PM Re: Wheel and tire availability on 1970 Hemi B-bodies [Re: ChryCoGuy]
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Originally Posted By ChryCoGuy
Originally Posted By 6bblgt
1970
HEMI b-body tires - F70-14 STANDARD (F60-15 OPTIONAL)
HEMI e-body tires - F60-15 STANDARD (no OTION)


Ah, thanks! Betcha they are thinking about E-bodies!! thumbs


I thought prior to 70 all Hemi B-Bodies had 15" tires

I knew 70 B body could have 14" tires

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#2382767 - 10/05/17 09:53 PM Re: Wheel and tire availability on 1970 Hemi B-bodies [Re: Morty426]
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The 68-69 Hemi B-bodies had 15's. Chrysler lost their minds on the 70-71 B-body Hemis for some reason.
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#2382836 - 10/06/17 01:28 AM Re: Wheel and tire availability on 1970 Hemi B-bodies [Re: RUNCHARGER]
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it was probably driven more by performance & load ratings

1966 HEMI B-bodies 7.75-14 Goodyear "BLUE STREAK" blue line sidewall
1967 HEMI B-bodies 7.75-14 Goodyear "HP" red line sidewall (R0/W0 ??)
1968 HEMI B-bodies F70-15 Goodyear "SPEEDWAY" red line sidewall
1969 HEMI B-bodies F70-15 Goodyear "POLYGLAS" red line sidewall (white line sidewall OPTIONAL N/C)
1970 HEMI B-bodies F70-14 Goodyear "POLYGLAS" white line sidewall (w/RWL OPTIONAL N/C) & F60-15 "POLYGLAS GT" w/RWL OPTIONAL $$
1971 HEMI B-bodies G70-14 Goodyear "POLYGLAS" w/RWL & G60-15 "POLYGLAS GT" w/RWL OPTIONAL $$
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#2383116 - 10/06/17 06:35 PM Re: Wheel and tire availability on 1970 Hemi B-bodies [Re: 6bblgt]
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Not to mention cost.
I would imagine most Hemi buyers changed to bigger rubber almost immediately.
Why spend money on wheels that will not be used?
Very few were thinking of them as investments then.
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