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1971 Oldsmobile full size 8 hole polycast wheels, need info

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I found a 1971 delta royal 2 door ht with a very unusual set of factory poly cast wheels. 15" 5x5 bolt pattern with 8 rectangular holes,all four center caps.they are red around the out side edge and look like they should have trim rings, but the owner said he bought the car in 1974 and it never had trim rings. never saw these before. does anybody has any info on them? I can email pics if needed. patsautojeff@aol.com

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Well,J,from other posts here about polycast wheels of the sixties,I'd say that they are fairly rare. I have seen those wheels on a couple of 88/98s inthe past. I knew they were factory wheels,but that is about all. Are you looking to sell them?

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These are the Super Stock IV Polycast wheel for 1971-72 Deltas. They came with trim rings, but those have a tendency toward getting road-rashed. The trim rings clip onto the edge of the rim, and it takes a careful tire man to get the balance weights in just the right spot so they don't interfere with the mounting clips. These bands are peculiar to the SSIV and to the 1977-79 Custom Chrome Wheel and other Olds bands won't fit into the recess between the polycast part and the outer edge of the wheel.

However- I found out that a 15" trim band for 88-up Chevy/GMC pickups will fit this wheel, as will a Ford Polycast wheel trim band as used on mid 70s Thunderbirds and Cougars <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />.

They'll fit any 5x5 bolt pattern Olds, and set the early 70s big cars off nicely. I have a set on my Ninety Eight. "A fat man in dancing shoes" is how one of the Mid Atlantic Chapter guys describes it.

The wheels were made for Olds by Motor Wheel Company and are an adaptation of a design they introduced around 1968- the "Exiter" Polycast. It is similar to the SSIV except uses no trim band (polycast material goes all the way to wheel edge) and has a "tower" center instead of the big cast chrome SSIV center. Which an Olds SSI or early-80s Ciera SSIII center cap snaps into like it was made for it!

How do I know? I found an NOS set of "Exiter" in 5x4-3/4 pattern at Fall Carlisle last year and decided to put them on my Hurst/Olds. For $10 each, I couldn't have gone wrong even after spendfng about half a day searching thru piles of junkyard center caps to find something that would fit. The Ciera caps with repop SSI Rocket decals look real nice on them. The tire? Firestone Firehawk Indy 500s of course!

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I am trying to buy the car, it is a parts car,but has some neat options, leather int ( junk )power bench seat (works good) factory AM/FM-8 Track radio, poly cast 15" wheels and a good running 455-2BBL. The old guy that has it bought it in 1974 and is still driving it daily but he wants to sell it.car is in central WI. anybody got any interest? I would like to see this go to someone who can use it. patsautojeff@aol.com

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They are a factory optional wheel. I have a set on my 71 Delta Custom.....they were ordered from the factory...... Trying to upload a couple photos - but I can email you you if you send me an email to Chargerb@live.ca 

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11 minutes ago, Gord said:

They are a factory optional wheel. I have a set on my 71 Delta Custom.....they were ordered from the factory...... Trying to upload a couple photos - but I can email you you if you send me an email to Chargerb@live.ca 

 

You're responding to a thread that's fifteen years old. I wouldn't bother uploading the photos. The OP hasn't made another post on this site since then.

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