I'm getting back into this one and, while waiting for some paint, I investigated the wheels and tires in various kits to determine which is the closest to the originals. The various Type 2 kits are all a 1963 model year which appears to have had the same size tires as the ’56 I am modeling.
The original tire size in 1956 appears to be 560-15's as close as I can find. This is a '56 Bug standard tire and unless someone can confirm the Type 2 used a larger tire, this is what I'm using to check available tire sizes. The '63 Beetles also had 560-15 tires according to Coker Tires and possibly a 80 aspect ratio.
VW Dave graciously sent me a set of rims, tires and hubcaps that are void of the wheel slots and seems to scale out close to the actual tire dimensions. The rims are resin cast and possibly are copies from the Herbie kit, but Dave will have to confirm this. At any rate, thanks Dave and these will be mounted on my ’56.
The chart below lists all the tire info I could locate and measure on the VW kits I have here plus some 1:1 tire dimensions. As you can see, dimensions are all over the place.
Hope some of you VW crazies can get something out of this.
Edited by Foxer, 11 February 2010 - 04:06 PM.