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PostSubject: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Tue May 27, 2014 7:09 pm

Considering this for my Caprice wagon. Not feeling it yet but I did purchase a chrome kit for the rims so these should look cool once done.








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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Tue May 27, 2014 8:39 pm

J-Rod, just to be safe, you realize we need a 5x5 bolt pattern for the wagons, not just a "Chevy " pattern for Camaro's etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Tue May 27, 2014 8:53 pm

lol, I guess you forgot that he has run turbines on his old wagon for years...
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Tue May 27, 2014 11:54 pm

Yeah what he said!

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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Wed May 28, 2014 1:38 am

I like that!

Sharp.

Only thing about that is the availability of 15" tires in our sizes is dwindling to pathetic levels.
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Wed May 28, 2014 7:47 am

So true. Sad to think 15" tires will be more expensive then 17 and up someday.
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Wed May 28, 2014 7:53 am

I know what you mean I have 16's on Shammoo. Where once many sizes were available, now few exist. Very little choice. Finding it hard to replace matched sets with the 295's on the back


BFG still has old school Radials T/A's available in 15's 295/50/15. They fit with the proper offset.
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Wed May 28, 2014 8:52 am

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I'm envious of how clean those rims are. What do you use to keep them looking that good? Off the shelf stuff or is that stripped and powder-coated?

And yeah, I'd love a set of Radial T/As after I saw "Texas Mikes" old 89 OCC. Might color the rims like his, but we'll see. Been trying to calculate the BFG equivalent size for 225/75/R15.
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Wed May 28, 2014 9:08 am

I stripped the rims and then painted the inserts and then sanded the rest with 220 grit sandpaper and when I wash them now,.. I use either Eagle one or Napa's aluminum wash rough casting or bare aluminum. Works great.
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Wed May 28, 2014 3:38 pm

I love those wheels, but make sure they are the right bolt pattern. Not many people know it, but those also came in the smaller sedan bolt pattern. I pulled a set off a 1985 LeSabre Limited at a Dallas salvage yard years back, and thankfully tried them on a junker wagon in the yard, and it was a smaller bolt pattern.

Gotta be careful. Do love those wheels!!

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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Wed May 28, 2014 3:45 pm

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I love those wheels, but make sure they are the right bolt pattern.   Not many people know it, but those also came in the smaller sedan bolt pattern.   I pulled a set off a 1985 LeSabre Limited at a Dallas salvage yard years back, and thankfully tried them on a junker wagon in the yard, and it was a smaller bolt pattern.

Gotta be careful.    Do love those wheels!!


-Mike

Thats why I always carry a wheel pattern tool with me anytime I am carrying enough cash to score a NICE set of rims.
There was a set of those turbines on ebay that were redone and actually looked chrome plated for 1100 dollars,cant find them now though,same guy had a set of redone SS rims for a grand as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Wed May 28, 2014 4:29 pm

81X11 wrote:
I love those wheels, but make sure they are the right bolt pattern.   Not many people know it, but those also came in the smaller sedan bolt pattern.   I pulled a set off a 1985 LeSabre Limited at a Dallas salvage yard years back, and thankfully tried them on a junker wagon in the yard, and it was a smaller bolt pattern.

Gotta be careful.    Do love those wheels!!

-Mike

Yup I know that, took these off a 86 chevy truck. You can see on the backside the smaller bolt hole provisions that aren't drilled.

Not sure if you know this but these rims also have the option of shanked lug nuts like I have on my Roadmaster wagon now,.. and conical seat like the ones I pictured here.
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Wed May 28, 2014 5:05 pm

1993 Roady-man wrote:
81X11 wrote:
I love those wheels, but make sure they are the right bolt pattern.   Not many people know it, but those also came in the smaller sedan bolt pattern.   I pulled a set off a 1985 LeSabre Limited at a Dallas salvage yard years back, and thankfully tried them on a junker wagon in the yard, and it was a smaller bolt pattern.

Gotta be careful.    Do love those wheels!!

-Mike

Yup I know that, took these off a 86 chevy truck. You can see on the backside the smaller bolt hole provisions that aren't drilled.

Not sure if you know this  but these rims also have the option of shanked lug nuts like I have on my Roadmaster wagon now,.. and conical seat like the ones I pictured here.

The ones I had on mine used flat washers and seperate lug nuts. Had to order them special. Such fun!
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Thu May 29, 2014 8:19 am

Yup those are what I have on my Roadmaster now. Bought a set from a Toyota and they worked great. washer already attached.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-LUG-NUTS-12MM1-5-FOR-LEXUS-TOYOTA-OE-LENGTH-FOR-A-5-LUG-CAR-1-47-LONG-5006T-/140885408551?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item20cd6cbb27&vxp=mtr
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:39 am

1993 Roady-man wrote:
Yup those are what I have on my Roadmaster now. Bought a set from a Toyota and they worked great. washer already attached.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-LUG-NUTS-12MM1-5-FOR-LEXUS-TOYOTA-OE-LENGTH-FOR-A-5-LUG-CAR-1-47-LONG-5006T-/140885408551?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item20cd6cbb27&vxp=mtr

Thanks for posting that link. I have been trying to find a set of lug nuts for my alloys and ditch the center cap.

I considered these, but I wasn't sure if they'd work.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Corvette-NEW-Alloy-Wheel-Chrome-Lug-Nut-Set-of-5-1974-1982-/171321084437?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&fits=Year%3A1980|Model%3ACorvette&hash=item27e3884a15&vxp=mtr
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:39 am

I have a set of those Astro centers if anyone wants them. I bought them for a project I never completed. Best offer takes them.
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:00 pm

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1993 Roady-man wrote:

I'm envious of how clean those rims are. What do you use to keep them looking that good? Off the shelf stuff or is that stripped and powder-coated?

And yeah, I'd love a set of Radial T/As after I saw "Texas Mikes" old 89 OCC. Might color the rims like his, but we'll see. Been trying to calculate the BFG equivalent size for 225/75/R15.

Using the "Tire Rack" guide
225/75/15 BFG long trail TA =28.3"diamater
235/70/15 Radial TA 28.1" diameter
275/60/15 Radial TA 28"diameter and you will need at least a 8 inch wide rim for this tire minimum
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:53 am

Hey Mike. Where did you get, and what are they off of, those center caps on your Custom Cruiser wheels. Are those the factory 1990 turbine GM rims that came on the Cruiser? I've got set of those rims but no big caps that I can find anywhere. Where did you come by those caps? They look sharp!
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PostSubject: Re: Picked up another set of Buick Turbines   Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:54 am

I know who has an extra set of those caps... Wink

The big cap isn't the only option, they look good with 79-81 Vette centers and chrome lugs. Also, note that mine are the later ones that take a regular taper seat lug nut.



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With a used Buick emblem from ebay:

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