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Modern style wheels on a 64 Rivi

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bodayguy    43

What do you guys think of these Boss wheels (not my car pictured)? That's staggered with 18s in front, 20s in rear.

 

I have the stock spinner style wheels but damn these are tempting. Do you hate seeing modern wheels on a classic?

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They look great. If my car didn't have the oem wheels I'd have that exact same set already.

Here's the youtube video of that car: 

 

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petelempert    43

Gives the car a Hot Wheels look. It's your car and you should do whatever you want. That's what's so cool about the hobby. Some guys like'm to look original others like customs. Either way, it's all good. PRL
 

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Seafoam65    187

                    To me, they would look fine on a customized Riviera, but if the car is otherwise bone stock, I think

they look completely out of place.

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Black River    97

X3, I actually really like and fully appreciate stock ones, too, and debated between a stock or custom Riv.  This one just kind of came to me.

 

Lucas

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jsgun    31

I like them on a stock car, as long as the shapes work with the car's shapes. Those wheels are the perfect example... the spoke's coke bottle shape works with the Riv's coke bottle shapes (like on Black River's car also). I'm amazed at how large of a wheel looks good on a Riv. On most older cars, 20" wheels look cartoonish. On a Riv, it proportions out really well.

 

I've been considering 17" myself, with a fatter sidewall tire to fill out the wheelwheel.

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On 3/6/2017 at 0:20 PM, bodayguy said:

What do you guys think of these Boss wheels (not my car pictured)? That's staggered with 18s in front, 20s in rear.

 

I have the stock spinner style wheels but damn these are tempting. Do you hate seeing modern wheels on a classic?

Boss-wheels.jpg

 I could roll with this.

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68RIVGS    48

x4 with Winston - while they do look OK, custom wheels on a custom car, stock wheels for an original car !

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60FlatTop    2,010
On 3/6/2017 at 4:25 PM, Seafoam65 said:

                    To me, they would look fine on a customized Riviera, but if the car is otherwise bone stock, I think

they look completely out of place.

I saw that too. It looks like a really nice car.

David-Furnish-Maison-Martin-Margiela-Pai

 

Bernie

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3 hours ago, 60FlatTop said:

I saw that too. It looks like a really nice car.

David-Furnish-Maison-Martin-Margiela-Pai

 

Bernie

 

 Some people have eclectic taste. Some have shi==Y taste.

 

  I am not a fan of the big wheel/ low profile tire. At least not that extreme.  Just my opinion.

 

  Ben

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Chimera    112

Here is my opinion. Both of the two vehicles above look fine with the newer custom wheels. In fact they look great. I like the way these wheels look (venomous and wicked). However, what something looks like also has context connected to a cosmology of the viewer. Taste is developed and fermented, like a fine wine and sometimes even distilled down even further. I personally think that it is very hard to find wheels that look better than the Buick Riviera Chrome Rally (or whatever they are technically called). I also like the look of the aluminum turbines style (very medieval). The wire wheel type are not as good looking, yet sometimes they may be most appropriate, for example if that particular car came with those wheels. There is something very original and authentic about sporting the look that is true to origin. Now when it comes to custom wheels, I would seek out something that no one else has, or very few have. Part of the gravity that Rivieras maintain is that you do not see them very often, and so are much more appreciated when see. Ideally a custom wheel would be engendered with the spirit in mind of original genetics, yet perhaps a different size or artistic interpretation with tasteful variations. 

 

All the examples above are very tasteful and look better than most other classics on the Road IMO, however put bluntly, I do not like that style of wheel very much because I see them used very often and in my eyes cheapens and might even drop the value of a nice Riviera (like breast implants on a women/sorry for the crude comparison). 

 

Keep the stock spinners; do you have a picture? If you want something different and modern, save up and have the wheels custom made so that you are the only one on the road with them. Then, it should not only look badass/elegant/classy, but also maintain the value and be more of a rarity. 

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RivNut    1,019

From the factory in '63, "nuttin" prettier than the optional cast aluminum wheel covers with the stainless spinner.  Especially when seen in motion.  You gotta keep the aluminum polished though to get the best look; well worth the work.

 

Image result for 1963 buick riviera cast aluminum wheel covers

 

In '64 the same cast cover with stainless spinner had the area between the turbine fins painted black.

 

Image result for 1964 buick riviera cast aluminum wheel covers

 

IMHO, wheel choice depends on whether you want the car to appear stock or modified.  Either choice, first generation Rivieras are still good looking cars.  

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RivNut    1,019
45 minutes ago, Rivdrivn said:

In recent years I have developed a new appreciation for well designed hub caps

 

For those of you who might not be familiar with these covers, these are the covers that came as part of the Gran Sport option. Many times the car was ordered with the rally wheels and these were never seen. I agree that there are some covers that are good looking; like the 67 turbine styled covers.

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IMO when you compare the photos of the Boss wheel equipped to those with the spoke covers and the turbine covers, you are talking chalk and cheese. The Riviera with the oversize wheels have lost their elegance, their pizzaz, their flair, as the wheels are what hit you in the face. Whereas with the other Riviera photos, the covers are distinctive but blende the package.

 

i must admit I do love Cragars and Supremes on first generations, as well as the factory rallye wheel and IMO suit the Riviera much much better as they are a period style wheel.

 

I can understand it can be a generational thing where one generation wants to be so different from the previous ( long hair, tattoos, body piercing, rock music, et al) and its your money to spend how you wish. And I can understand one wanting to be different and make a statement with their car.  I don't think I am old fashioned but .........

 

just st my two bobs worth down under

Rodney

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PWB    221
On 3/8/2017 at 10:00 AM, 60FlatTop said:

I saw that too. It looks like a really nice car.

 

 

Bernie

 

LMAO  :lol: 

 

Life imitates...I just don't know here

 

Thanks

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Imperial62    350

Every answer misses the target.  Get both, keep both.  Have the nice set of originals for car shows featuring originals, run the custom boots for cruising, Good Guys or other shows.  I am 53, and prefer if "kustom" wheels are going on an older car to have wider profile tires. Those skinny modern tires, the 18's and 20's, no way for me.

 

But have both, and have the best of both worlds. 

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jsgun    31

I found this site, it's helpful to determine how different sized wheels compare:

 

http://tire-size-calculator.info/

 

It has an option to add a wheel spacer, which is incredibly helpful. I was able to determine the wheels I want would fit perfectly with a 1" thick bolt pattern adapter.

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jsgun    31

I'm a really big fan of the cast aluminum covers. They seems to be pretty pricy the rare times I've seen them on ebay. I like all the turbine caps buick was using through the early 70's. I like custom stuff, so I think almost all of them would look great with a chrome bullet in the center. It would really make them look like jet engine intakes.

 

I like a lot of the early 60's Chrysler caps too, some very interesting shapes on them.

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