A 1980 REGAL T - TYPE ?

1980 Buick

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Well, "42 years + later", I "again", got this ole ' gal out / and upon popping a battery in it her, it started immead. !. ;)

THOUGHT: I found some 15" rims, (see pic's) ... but these old "A" cars used 14" Eagle GT's (& not 15's). Question: (if anyone would happen to know); I understand I'll need a different speedo gear opting to use a 15" tire / Speedo will be off, but AFTER THAT: does anyone know if the larger 15's will come into contact with the frame / upon turning the car (say in a full cramp) ?. The BF Goodrich Tire's pictured have only 58 miles on them, but their VERY "weather checked" / and nearing 20 years old !. I just thought something "different" would be a fun thing to try / thanks on any opinion's / facts. :ROFLMAO: Finding even "Goodyears" seems all but impossible anyway.
 

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WE2Regal

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Those T Type wheels are 15"x7". The Regal frames from 78-87 are basically the same, so they fit fine. It's the size of the tire you put on the wheels that can cause rubbing.
 

1980 Buick

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I thought that might have been the case, but I guess the whole idea's 'moot' / as the Goodyears aren't made anymore anyway ...

(Thx.) ;)
 

1980 Buick

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Well, after almost 2.6 years / the "Goodyear Eagle GT Tires" are FINIALLY back, (being made again) ... but for ME / "they're not".

Recall (read the above threads), I opted to use my "American Racing" Rims / along with these nicely matched Goodyear Eagle GT raised-white letter tires (I'm tired of the "BF Goodrich Style Tires), Anyway; they SEEMED to mount- up nicely, (the new 15" tires on these particular rims), but upon MOUNTING THEM (on the actual 1980' year car), the outcome (upon a final full-torque down) was that they were very LOOSE on the hubs. So, (after that was discovered), I then was told "hum" ........ "It looks like you'll need some spacers here" ($$)... "Why" I asked ?, / the lugs are to-deep and they cannot "bottom-out" ... SO: I ordered some "spacers" (some 1/4" thick ones), and when those arrived, I THEN learned that the actual "lug holes" (on those spacers), weren't 'large-enough' for the "collared-Lugnut's" (this application requires) ... The style WITH the crush-washer Rings to fit in in the Rim face depressions ... so I had them drilled-out (more $$$), and it was then (unknowingly to me), I THEN learned about the next issue: "the center caps". They slapped around / ready to literally 'fall-out' (note they "fall into the rim" on the inside (or back-side), and they have a tapered lip that prevents them from falling through) ..... and it was THEN, that I learned that a "Center Cap stationing spacer" was & "would" be needed !!!. (n)

Pissed: I was "THEN" / that I SAID "enough" ! ... This crap :poop: ends NOW !.

"The spacers were bad-enough" (as I hate cobbling), So, I opted to go back with another set of the "Modern Wheel" Rims (GM's T-Type "OEM Rim"), and NOW I can't, or ("they can't"), seem to find the required 7/16" chromed lug nuts FOR the Factory wheel application !. Man, what an or-deal, and I NEVER Thought (even the Tire Dealer didn't), that this could occur / or could have happened !. SO, now "I wait and see what's goanna happen".

In the end, I'll have my resolve, but it sure took a long time ta FIND IT !. :mad:

I tried to load some pictures amid ALL of this HERE, ....
but upon trying to do so / I kept getting an "image is too large" message ... (I'll try an figure out what to do about that soon / BUT: that may be beyond my computer skills) o_O "I'll keep you posted". :unsure:
 

WE2Regal

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The factory T Type wheels don't use a lug nut with a washer. They have a tapered seat. You would just need to order some long 7/16 chrome lug nuts with a tapered seat from Summit, Jeg's or possibly any local parts store.
 

WE2Regal

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SPOT-ON !. But the "American Racing" wheels do. The tapered set for the 1980 Model year is what I'm after NOW.

Thanks for the help tho. :)
I have to admit I wasn't really sure what you were trying to say or ask . That was a pretty long and rambling post just to ask if anyone knew where to get some tapered seat lug nuts. The use of all caps, highlighted and underlined wording and double spaced sentences to emphasize your frustration didn't help.
 
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