When I purchased my 64 Beetle, it was rolling some stock chrome smoothies with some low profile tires. I am not a big fan of these low profile tires. My preference is for tires closer to the stock size. One of my first priorities was to swap out for one of 2 options.
Option 1: A nice set of early stock wheels, with nice paint or powder coat
Option 2: Some nice aftermarket wheels, preferably BRM’s
Well, wheels and tires aren’t free, so my initial plan was to use the stock wheels and tires that I currently already have. They are nice wheels, but mismatched colors and old fading paint. I was going to remove the tires from the wheels, fix any broken hub cap clamps, and then have them media blasted and powder coated. This was going to cost $100 per wheel, for a total of $400 plus tax.
In order to get the $400 I needed, I decided to sell some parts from my stash. Once I had done this, I was ready to move forward with the wheels. The one thing I had to do before dropping them off was to repair the few missing hub cap clamps. However, before I got a chance to do that, I came across some listings on Facebook Marketplace that changed my plans and essentially took care of both of my options, all for $400!
First, in PT, I came across a set of 4 stock wheels with very nice tires. 145’s in front & 165’s in back.
And finally, right in Sequim, I was able to pickup a brand new, unused, still in the box, BRM’s.
Time will tell, and help me decide exactly what combination I like and looks best.