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Quick ques, 16" Ford wheels, years, and bolt patterns.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Barn-core, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. Barn-core
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    What years did Ford make a 16" solid steel, rim? (they did make them didn't they?) Also, what was the bolt pattern, and are they hard to come by. Thanks Barn-core.
     
  2. beatnik
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    They started making the 40 Ford style wheel in 1940 5x5-1/2" bolt pattern. They all have 4 slots where the centers meet the hoops. As far as I know Ford never made what the aftermarket calls the Solid wheel.

    16x5" and 16 x3-1/2" are the hardest to come by.

    1940 V8-60HP =16x3-1/2" Steel
    1940-1941 V8-85HP =16"x4" Steel
    1942-1948=16x4-1/2" steel
    1948-1953 P/U =16x4-1/2" and 15x5"
    1954 P/U = 16x5

    Ford parts book:
    Format is Part number, Size, Year/Application

    #91D 1015 - 16 x 5 - 3/4 ton truck 39-47

    #11A 1015 - 16 x 4 - Pass 40-48, Commercial 40-42

    #8C 1015 - 16 x4.5 - Commercial 1945-47

    #022A1015 - 16x3-1/2 - 1940 60 HP Passenger

    #19A 1015 - 16 x 5 - 1941 95HP Passenger

    16x5 - 41 Mercury and P/U to 1956
     

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  3. 50Fraud
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    I believe you'll find that the 3/4 ton truck wheel (#91D 1015) is a wide 5 -- 5 x 10 3/4 bolt pattern, different centers than '36 - '39 passenger and quite rare. Wide 5 in 4" width is quite common, and has bottle-cap scallops around the center. 3 1/2" width was also made but is rather scarce.

    16" wheels were also used on low-end '49 (perhaps later) passenger cars; bolt circle 4 x 4 3/4??
     
  4. Levis Classic
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    "16" wheels were also used on low-end '49 (perhaps later) passenger cars; bolt circle 4 x 4 3/4??"

    49 Ford shoebox - 4 1/2"
     
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  5. 286merc
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    The 16" was standard on the entry level Mainline thru 53; I junked a 52 a few years ago but kept the wheels.
    Ford built military jeeps were also 16" well into the 50's; if I remember they had a different appearing hub but were the 5 1/2" pattern. A lot of those went to the surplus market and wound up on trailers. They may also have been the solid version mentioned.
     
  6. Barn-core
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    Thanks for the info guys. When I said I was looking for a solid wheel I just meant not wires. Did Ford ever make any 17's? And how about the wires, how big did those come?
     
  7. alvisoroadsters
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    from Cupertino

    if i recall, ford made the model a and prior wires, but kelsey hayes made a 17" ford pattern wire wheel, basically, what you end up seeing anymore for that traditional look.
     
  8. Flat Ernie
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  9. 50Fraud
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    According to Wheelkid in his 6/16/06 post, "Ford Steel Wheel Tech", early Lincolns did use clips -- unlike Ford and Merc wheels of the era. I believe him.
     
  10. Ford 17 inch wire wheels were used in 1933 and 1934 (5 x 5,5)

    Ford Europe also used 17 inch wires on there Model Y that was made
    from 1932 to 1937, these wheels look like Model A wheels and also
    are 5 x 5,5
     

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