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Default Original Yenko Torque Thrust Wheel Size/Back Spacing

Hello Everyone,

What was the size/backspacing of the Torque Thrust wheels that came on some of the '69 Yenko Camaros?. How about the tire size?

I have also seen cars with both "straight" and "curved" spokes - which are correct?

If the original style is impossible to come by, what's the most popular/closest looking replacement from American Racing Wheels?

Now that I am looking for one, I can't find a pic of an Orange Yenko with these wheels. I can find examples of every other color, but not Orange. Can anyone suggest a link to a pic?

Thanks in advance,

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Default Re: Original Yenko Torque Thrust Wheel Size/Back Spacing

Original Atlas wheels were 15X7 with a straight spoke. I had a set on a Yenko Chevelle I recently sold. I doubt if you will find a set though. The best thing to do is check all the swap meets and try and find a nice set of early American Racing wheels with the straight spoke. I am also looking for a set for my hugger orange Yenko Camaro! I think the tire size is E70X15 for camaros and the do repop these. I will try to e-mail you a picture of a Atlas wheel for reference.
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Default Re: Original Yenko Torque Thrust Wheel Size/Back Spacing

tried to send you some pics but you come as "not a known member" will try later.
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Default Re: Original Yenko Torque Thrust Wheel Size/Back Spacing

Just looked at the wheels on that website, I think the wheels in the cast version may be close! I am looking into them myself! Thanks Stefano
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Default Re: Original Yenko Torque Thrust Wheel Size/Back Spacing

Thanks for the replys.

My e-mail is awsm502@compuserve.com, if you could send me the pic's it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again!

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Default Re: Original Yenko Torque Thrust Wheel Size/Back Spacing

The American straight spoke wheels are still somewhat commmon at swap meets, especially the smaller shows. Terry Vaughn in Washington state has ton's of these wheels for sale.
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Default Re: Original Yenko Torque Thrust Wheel Size/Back Spacing

Vintage wheel works is currently working on reproducing the American Torque Thrust wheel
from the 60's. It will be 15X7 with the same off-set offered during that period. Vintage claims it will be approx. 6 months before it is offerd. They will update their web site as it progresses www.vintagewheelworks.com.
Phone number is 562-906-8600. Cost will be approx. $800.00 for the set. This may be a good alternative to finding an original set.

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Default Re: Original Yenko Torque Thrust Wheel Size/Back Spacing

Do The Vintage Wheels come in 15", I thought that they were only going to make 16"?
I ordered a couple of sets of Team III's vintage 5 (?) cast wheels. They use the original molds from the 1960s, they differ in that they are two piece to vary the offset and they say no problem with 15" and factory disk brakes.
I'll post some pics in a few weeks when they arrive.
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Default Re: Original Yenko Torque Thrust Wheel Size/Back Spacing

I e-mailed Vintage Wheels to see if they make the 15 inch. They only avertise the 16 inch, will let you know when I get a response from them.
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Default Re: Original Yenko Torque Thrust Wheel Size/Back Spacing

How do the new "American Torg-Thrust D" wheels compare with the older styles that were on the Yenko's? Are the spokes the same and what about center caps?

[Edited by 69L89396 (03-24-2002 at 11:39 PM).]
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