I used to have a 1963 Cortez and was a member of the group. After selling the ’63, I now have a ’79. It has the 9.50 x 16.5 inch rims and replacement tires are impossible/expensive to find. Has anyone with a later Kent Cortez replaced the 16.5 inch rims with something else?
I replaced the rims on the ’63 with hummer H2 rims and that worked well so I am hoping for the same kind of result with the ’79.
How is the Cortez doing? I am about to purchase a 1971 Cortez, and I don’t get what wheel to use. Any input? I heard they used 12×16.5 tires on the 79, is that true? Was that on the 9.50 x 16.5 rim you mentioned? thanks.Gary
In 1974 i bought a 71 Cortez. I loved it.I bought another this week, and intend to restore it to at least look the same on the outside as the one I had. Gold with a woodgrain stripe. It already has wheels for 12×16.5 tires, so I will stay with that for now. I remember when I think I bought the last 10×17.5 tire in the US. But I always liked the wide track aggressive look of the 10×17.5, so I think the 12×16.5 will fill the wheel wells good.