I’m digging through loads and loads of different rims trying to find something that suits the Roadmaster. My intention is to keep it as stock looking as I can. The woodgrain will remain for now and I’m going to restore it as best as I’m able. I’ve grown fond of the colour of the wagon so that won’t change either. I really like the smooth ride of a big car so I won’t be making dramatic changes to the suspension or stance, and I hate this absurd trend of putting massive sets of rims on cars with very little rubber around it. Based upon all of this, I expect that my rims quite possibly won’t be chrome or at least not too much chrome, will be something that will look appropriate to the car as it is now, and won’t be larger than 17″. I’m fond of the look it has now with the snow tires installed and the snows have a pretty hefty sidewall. That huge sidewall looks a little bit funny with a 15″ chrome rim and seems a little dated, even more so than a ’94 station wagon. I expect that I’ll be looking at something in the 16″ range but haven’t made my mind up about the level of shiny that I want. I would very much love to find a set of classic Buick Rally rims but they are starting to get a little scarce. A few Roadmaster owners have these on their wagons and I really like the look. User “jusntime” over at the GMLongRoof forums has them on his wagon and it’s pretty sharp as you can see on the right.
While I was at the Toronto International Auto Show, I spotted a Ridler 675 rim hanging on the wall in a rim booth. I was quite taken by these. They have a similar style to the Torque Thrust II’s that are so common among the B-Body set but are just different enough to make it clear that I’m not trying to follow the pack. The Torque Thrust II rim looks fantastic on these cars, but there are so many of them out there, that I want my car to be a little more personalized. I think the 675 looks great as a new style rim but lends a slight tip of the hat to the Buick style Rally rims that I would so love to have.
While my Photoshop skills are barely adequate, I was able to mock up my Roadmaster with some photos of the Ridler 675’s in Chrome. I think the Silver in a matte finish, like the one shown here from www.jdwheels.com, would suit the car better with the Adriatic Blue paint on the body, but I haven’t found a decent picture of the 675 in silver and I don’t have the skills to change the chrome picture that I have. I’ve darkened it slightly, but it still doesn’t blend as well as it should. Nonetheless, my craptacular ‘Shop’ing is sufficient to let me know that this is definitely a rim for my short list and will remain in consideration unless something pushes it out of contention.
Here are the results of my graphic design work. This is the same car just two different cameras so the paint looks a different shade. One photo has the Ridler 675 in chrome at 15″ and the other at roughly 17″.