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Ok, there has to be someone out there with a real Yenko with original Torq Thrust rims on it. I need to know what worked, not what could work. I was told that they had 15x6 wheels from the dealership, and I want to confirm that before I order wheels.
 

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Yenko Wheels...

I'm pretty sure the 70 Deuce wheels were the GM 14 x 7 SS wheels with Yenko center caps.....Atlas wheels were certainly used on a number of Yenko vehicles...the one 69 car I've seen had the XT wheels and dog dish caps...I think Yenko had an extensive list of optional equipment available including gauges, wheels/tires, traction bars, etc...remember the 69 cars were converted L78's...so they would have come from the factory with 14 x 7 steel wheels.

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Yenko's were basically built to order and the wheels were optional. Not all had Torque Thrust wheels. Some came with steel wheels. Most 1970 Novas came with the "SS" wheels but some had Torque Thrusts.

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Thank you Scott for confirming my suspicions. The famous Green car, and the Deuce you posted both appear to have Torq's. What would your guess be as to the sizes?

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I know they were only 14" in diameter but I'm not 100% sure of the width. I believe they were 7" but I don't have any documentation that confirms that.
I heard 6" width. We know 6's fit, not certain of 7's. The real question would be if they work in a 14", would a 15" work. 6" probably, 7"?? I suppose a trial-run is in order. If I have to get a 15 to test mount, I'll be sure to post all progress, as I'm sure it would be a nice sticky for the folks.
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I heard 6" width. We know 6's fit, not certain of 7's. The real question would be if they work in a 14", would a 15" work. 6" probably, 7"?? I suppose a trial-run is in order. If I have to get a 15 to test mount, I'll be sure to post all progress, as I'm sure it would be a nice sticky for the folks.
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Rob, I have 15" Torque Thrusts on my 69, can check tonight, but I am
pretty sure they are 15" x 7" Tony.
 

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I have a set of Torque Thrust 14X7's on my 68. They have a 3.5 backspacing and do rub on very hard bumps on the outer wheelhouses in the rear. If the car was raised up in the rear, then they wouldnt rub. Mine is lowered some.
 

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I have a set of Torque Thrust 14X7's on my 68. They have a 3.5 backspacing and do rub on very hard bumps on the outer wheelhouses in the rear. If the car was raised up in the rear, then they wouldnt rub. Mine is lowered some.
I've looked into the well before, and I really don't think it would make too big a difference at stock height. If the car had very stiff leaves, maybe it wouldn't hit, but i don't have that scenario. If anything, I squat waaayy down on launches. I'm just waiting to see if the 15's fit in a 7" from Tony's car. The problem is ARE doesn't offer any BS choices. You pretty much get what they make and that's it.
 

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A Torque Thrust D 15x7 should fit with a skinny tire and rear drum brakes. A 15x7 with 4 inch back spacing fits fine, but the D's are only available with a 3 3/4 back spacing. If you try to run a wide rear tire it may get too close for comfort, but if you're running something like a 235 or smaller rear tire, it should fit ok, but it will get close to the wheel well lip.
 

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A Torque Thrust D 15x7 should fit with a skinny tire and rear drum brakes. A 15x7 with 4 inch back spacing fits fine, but the D's are only available with a 3 3/4 back spacing. If you try to run a wide rear tire it may get too close for comfort, but if you're running something like a 235 or smaller rear tire, it should fit ok, but it will get close to the wheel well lip.
Yeah, that sucks. I have discs. I'm planning on mounting a skinny tire for street, but I really have to know that the combo is going to work. I'm probably just going to put a 6" in there. You know that'll work.
 

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This car did not come with any Mags on it from Yenko. It came with the stock Nova Rally's on it and Scat Track Tires.
Tim, according to your link:

Installed by: Yenko Super Cars
Rated Horsepower: 425
True Horsepower: Above 500
Modifications: None
Transmission: M21 four-speed w/Muncie shifter
Rearend: 12-bolt Chevrolet with 4.10 Posi-traction
Color: Rallye Green (code 79)
Exterior Options: Black vinyl top, Yenko graphics
Wheels: American Torq-Thrust

I don't think a guy with 285K into his car would put the wrong wheels on it. It did not come from Chevy this way, but surely was ordered from V.V.Cooke that way.
 

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Won't to beat!!! I have known the car scene it was new. Know were it was bought new the guy that bought it new have drove the car and worked on it. I even know were the 427 that came in the car is and it is not in the car now.
 

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Won't to beat!!! I have known the car scene it was new. Know were it was bought new the guy that bought it new have drove the car and worked on it. I even know were the 427 that came in the car is and it is not in the car now.
Well that's a shame for a car to be considered "museum quality" to be chock with non-stock parts, at least not in the sense that something as obvious as the wheels would be misrepresented. The green car is supposed to be the most perfectly restored vehicle of the entire bunch remaining. :eek:

Pretty cool that you've known this vehicle!
 
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