Proof That Almost Every Car Looks Better Wearing Cragar S/S Rims

Many of you have asked why I was on such an extended break from Hooniverse, only to be able to come back, writing a lot less postings than I once produced. You see, I have two elderly parents (both in their 80s) who have become somewhat incapacitated (My Dad recently experienced a major stroke, and my Mom underwent a double hip replacement procedure) and it has been consuming what little time I had to write for you. Things seem to be flowing a bit smoother right now, so I can bring you some very interesting content (OK, so that’s a load of crap, but I think it’s interesting). Anyway, while visiting my Mom at the Rehabilitation Center, I spotted this daily driven 1962 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan. So, does a set of Cragar S/S Rims make this car look better?

I found out that this car is an actual daily driver, and it belongs to one of the staff at the Rehabilitation Center. There is nothing remotely remarkable about this Impala, except that I really want it. It is a four-door hardtop style; It is equipped with a Powerglide Automatic; It has a V-8 under the hood; It sports aftermarket seat coverings (in a butterfly pattern, of all things); And those Cragars….. It just looks right!

So I was thinking… Does a set of Cragar S/S rims make almost every car look better? Does this Impala do anything for you? Is is a miracle that this is a daily driven automobile located in New England? And finally, is it Hooniversalustworthy? Let me know what you think….

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26 responses to “Proof That Almost Every Car Looks Better Wearing Cragar S/S Rims”

  1. muthalovin Avatar

    It certainly doesn't make it look any worse. I actually love Crager S/S rims, and I think they make almost everything look better.

  2. Joe Btfsplk Avatar
    Joe Btfsplk

    It's a toss-up between chrome smoothies and the Cragers. I lean toward the smoothies.

  3. Alff Avatar

    Cragar SS' make a lot of cars look better. More cars look better with Torque Thrusts.
    Side note: I'd love to run historic plates like this guy, as I could avoid biannual inspections and tag renewal. Unfortunately MO limits historic vehicles to 1000 miles per year and cars cannot be used for commuting.

    1. tempesjo Avatar

      We have it much better in Wisconsin. No tag renewal, and the only real restrictions are that you can't drive it in January, and you have to own at least one other car. It's a good deal for the guy in my building who drives his "collector" early 1980s rusty Escort wagon to work 11 months a year.

      1. lilwillie Avatar

        and in January we can buy a $5 tag for using it to "get repairs or service" for the collector or hobbyist in Wisconsin. Also our system has the wonderful setup that you can have multiple vehicles and keep your collector or hobbyist plate number. They just add a letter to the end of the number to denote which one it is. I'm up to a "B" with the hobbyist series and a "A" with the collectors.
        At least we do it right with the cars. It is also nice not having to pay full price for each additional car on the collector or hobbyist collection.

        1. CptSevere Avatar

          The Arizona copper classic vehicle tags are just license plates. A buddy of mine, who lived here for years, and daily drove a 1921 Model T, didn't even bother with classic plates. The car was licensed as a Ford, that's all. He drove the thing like a normal car, made no big deal about it. I like that.

  4. LTDScott Avatar

    And while I lean towards older cars, I'd also suggest that Volk TE37 wheels make any modern car look better.

    1. Bret Avatar

      Agreed. That wheel has nice lines play nicely off of modern jellybeans. Plus they're strong and light – the peanut butter cup of wheel traits.

    1. nofrillls Avatar

      Wow,that works shockingly well.

    2. tonyola Avatar

      Look how tiny and dainty the Datsun looks next to the "small" early-'90s Mazda Protege.

  5. Alff Avatar

    Is it Talk Like a Pirate Day again already? Shiver me timbers.

    1. Sidecar57 Avatar

      Where's me buccaneers!?

      1. jjd241 Avatar

        Look under your buccanhat!

  6. acarr260 Avatar

    I'd rock that like grandma's favorite chair!

  7. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    Which, is exactly why it's cool.

  8. AteUpWithMotor Avatar

    I'm fine with the Cragers, but the white letter tires are a little much for a four-door hardtop with Powerglide. If it were an SS409, that'd be one thing, but it's like red stripes on a DeVille, y'know?

  9. oldcarjunkie Avatar

    I prefer Torque Thrusts to Cragers but a good set of slot mags beats both. Slot mags look good on American cars, hot rods, dragsters, British salons and even Japanese classics.
    <img src="; width="500" height="375" alt="Datsun 280Z">

  10. Texan_Idiot25 Avatar

    "Four doors for more whores"

    1. dculberson Avatar

      That was beautiful. I'm moved to tears.

    2. raphaelinberlin Avatar

      I gave that a thumbs up, but now I feel like a tool. There is no room for sarcasm on the internet

  11. Kris Avatar

    What, no Cragers on your Camero?

  12. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    I dropped the front just over an inch too, which gave it a better attitude along with a bunch of small detail work. You should have seen the before photos. Yeow.
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  13. scoutdude Avatar

    The Crager S/S is one of the best looking wheels of all time, and yes it is pretty rare to find a car they make look worse.

  14. Mister X Avatar
    Mister X

    Never cared for the Cragers, all the low riders had them in my town (San Jose, CA area). I bought my sisters first car from my dad after she got her own car, it was a 64 Chevy Malibu, 4 door, 283, powerglide, which I did a complete under hood/chassis mechanical restoration to, rebuilt carb, brakes, bushings, shocks, complete exhaust, etc. including adding those rare rear finned brake drums, it was mechanically sweet, but quite plain looking because I left the exterior and interior old looking. So I got some Chevy Rally wheels, the slotted ones, and that made it look a bit nicer, in an understated way, so still rather “invisible”. It was the car to go up to San Francisco to see live bands with my buddies, and it was always unmolested when we got back to it in some dark neighborhood early in the AM.

  15. Amy Avatar

    Nice impala!