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Old 12-23-2012, 02:13 PM   #1
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Knock-offs for a C3 (15 x 8")

Yes they were made for C3s by Western in the 1980s and marketed by Corvette America and Ecklers. I believe they came out of Mexico as C3 alloy wheels did. I am thinking of buying a set for my 1974. They are the correct 15 x 8", not the C2 15 x 6".

Anyone have any experience with knock-offs? Do they loosen and even fall off as some have suggested. It would seem to me that properly installed (many directions on-line) they should be fine. I invite comments.
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I've never owned a set. Just removed & installed a few sets over the years on OP cars.
Here's some info you may find helpful:
http://www.vetteweb.com/tech/vemp_11...ck_off_wheels/

http://www.lbfun.com/warehouse/tech_...es/KOwheel.pdf

http://licorvette.com/Aluminum_wheels_corvette_c2.htm

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Friend of mine has a 63 with factory knock-offs. Has had it forever, drives it quite a bit and never had any issues.
The race (well, the cobra and grand-sport replicas') frequently safety wire them.
I take it your eying up those ones now that your top is done.
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I owned a 350 hp 1966 coup with knock off's drove it a lot of hard miles never had a spec of trouble with them also had a 72 MG 1500 with them, never a problem.
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Friend of mine has a 63 with factory knock-offs. Has had it forever, drives it quite a bit and never had any issues.
The race (well, the cobra and grand-sport replicas') frequently safety wire them.
I take it your eying up those ones now that your top is done.
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Yep, the hardtop is done and looks just fine. It is in the basement with a top on it that came with the carrier. The new weatherstrip is installed with a little bit of 3M adhesive. Sure looks fine.



This wheel set has the safety wires. May look a little tacky for the street but what the heck.

BTW, Merry Christmas!
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I owned a 350 hp 1966 coup with knock off's drove it a lot of hard miles never had a spec of trouble with them also had a 72 MG 1500 with them, never a problem.
There is much ado about these wheels over at the NCRS Tech Board. I suspect that it is just a matter of proper installation and I have thoroughly researched that. I hope to have these wheels in the coming weeks. And I will not hesitate to use them come April.

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Never seen a pair up close. Very interesting!
What would be a ballpark price for a set of driver quality wheels and how hard are they to find. Or...Does anyone still make then new?
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The knock-off deal did not go through. I backed out for reasons that will not be disclosed. BUT, Corvette Central (a sponsor here) will be sending me their #643308 1978 Pace Car package soon. I look forward to receipt! Those red stripes should look very nice on my 1974.

I will sell the Centerlines for a modest price in the spring.

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I don't mind those on older c3's at all

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Never seen a pair up close. Very interesting!
What would be a ballpark price for a set of driver quality wheels and how hard are they to find. Or...Does anyone still make then new?
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I found two sets in NC. One set of Kelsey Hayes and one set of Westerns. I don't know if I would pay double for the Kelsey Hayes but real knock offs are pretty cool!

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/pts/3487236655.html

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/pts/3494380406.html
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Never seen a pair up close. Very interesting!
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Never had a problem with my Kelsey Hayes knock offs...they have a tapered pin that locks them in place under the center dust cap. I use a Snap-On 4# dead blow hammer instead of that lead OEM hammer.

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Never had a problem with my Kelsey Hayes knock offs...they have a tapered pin that locks them in place under the center dust cap. I use a Snap-On 4# dead blow hammer instead of that lead OEM hammer.

Just a bit off topic here but....
I'm in the process of getting my '69 convertible painted black and I was wondering what kind of feedback do you get with the white soft top on your car? I have a black top on mine now but I kinda' like the contrast of the black paint and white top on yours.
Just Curious...
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