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14" vs 15" vs 16" wheels on a Model A?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by -impalamike-, Nov 8, 2012.

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What size wheel do you prefer on your Model A

  1. 14 inch

    2 vote(s)
    1.4%
  2. 15 inch

    42 vote(s)
    29.0%
  3. 16 inch

    97 vote(s)
    66.9%
  4. Another size not listed

    4 vote(s)
    2.8%
  1. -impalamike-
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    Hey guys, I see a lot of people on here running either 14" 15" or 16" wheels on their fendered an non fendered Model A. Just curious as to why you chose one size over the other? Do you just prefer the look, the availabilty of one size over another, or some other reason?
  2. Don's Hot Rods
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    A lot of that decision comes from the era "look" you are shooting for. 14 inch would be more 60 ish, 15 would be 50's, 60's, and 16 inch would be earlier than 1950. Those are just generalities, but sort of what would guide me to decide what size to run.

    Don
  3. 500 single
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    I'm planning on 16's and blackwall bias ply's on my '31. I like that look better, even though it probably isn't really correct with a 327. Oh,well.:)
  4. COOTER
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    16"s...in my opinion.
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  5. jcmarz
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    It all depends on the look you are after.
    40s to early 50s look=16 inch
    mid 50s to 60s look=15 inch
    70s and 80s = 14 inch
  6. dad-bud
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    16's all the way
  7. R Pope
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    '35 wires with 16's!
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    15" 60's look.
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    14"s won,t even fit on a standard old pre-war Ford front end with drum brakes.
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    1935 16" wires.
  12. porknbeaner
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    Hard choice for me, I voted 15" but I also like 16" on about anything. Tire availablity is why I like both. Well that and 14s just look sooooo little
  13. Mr48chev
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    I was thinking about that this morning when I was rethinking my choice of 35 Wires and maybe going with 15's and small caps.

    As the guys said above, pick a time frame and build the car to fit that time frame. If it has an overhead in it I'd say steelies and most likely 15 inchers. You can just about bet that as soon as 15 inch Merc or Ford pickup wheels started becoming available in the wrecking yards they started showing up on Model A hot rods.
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    16's all the way ... but im biased ...:rolleyes:
  15. LeftCoastErik
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    16's, blackwalls (with pie crust cheaters) but I am running a 327/Muncie setup, so kind of a mixed bag
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    i'm running 15's front, 16's rear, just cuz
  17. Don's Hot Rods
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    Yes, they will fit with stock Ford 40-48 drums but they will not fit with Buick finned drums. I had 14's on the front of my 32 rpu years ago with stock Ford brakes. A lot depends on the offset of the wheels.

    Don
  18. A Rodder
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    Running 16's with 750's out back and 600's up front

    But my old Tudor had 15's with 225 70 out back and 165's up front and it looked good with wide whites.

    In the end, 16's are my choice in either steel wheels or wires with wide whites or blackwalls, don't matter to me
  19. -impalamike-
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    im leaning toward 16's with 750's in the rear and 550's up front. 15's do look nice too. It looks like 16's are leading in the voting. Maybe some of you guys that are running 14's 15's and 16's can post up some pics in the thread also.
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    7.60's and 5.60's x 15" on my old coupe....

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    get a set of 15s and a set od 16s so you can change your look whenever you want.

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  22. -impalamike-
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    Of course Carl just made a good argument for 15's lol


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    In 1959 and 60 I ran 8.20's on the back with reversed 15" rims and 5.90's on the front with standard rims. Ford hubcaps and beauty rims. I would have done chrome but that was waaay past my budget. I did run aluminum paint till I could afford the hub caps. I did that because the older guys told me that was the thing to do. I'm running those same wheels on my 28 but will go with radials of the approximate size. I agree that it all depends on the era you are looking to build to. I'm trying to finish a 28 roadster to be what I wanted in 61.
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    I love the '40-'48 Ford wheels. I'm running a set on my A although it isn't drivable yet. They just look right to me. I don't feel the same for the 15" version though.. 16"s just look right.

    As long as they have bias-ply tires. :)
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    I like 16 inch bent spoke Kelsey's but it really depends on the overall look of the car you end up using them on.

    Charlie Stephens
  26. banginona40
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    Depends on the tires you want to run.
    Bias ply 16's
    radials 15's
    14's no
  27. guitarmook
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    I have steel 16s, because that's what was on the coupe when I bought it. But I wouldn't change them, because they look right.
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    Fifteens, 165 fronts, 235-75 rears.
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  29. ptmilan
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    One problem with using wheels made prior to 1960 is the lack of a safety bead. The safety bead goes a long way towards controlling the car if you have a blowout.
  30. AnimalAin
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    I like either fifteens or sixteens. In fact, my roadster has a couple of each.

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