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Technical 15” Ford Steelies with 4 hubcap tabs?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HRS, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. HRS
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    I picked up some 15” Ford steel wheels, but they have 4 hubcap tabs as opposed to 3 that I commonly see on Ford wheels....any idea what they are off of?

    I need to find 2 more.

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  2. alchemy
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    Looks like it never had a hubcap on the center. It used a full wheel cover. Will that help you narrow down the search?
     
  3. Mid-late '60s full-size cars before Ford changed the hub diameter to a larger size (in '71?)...
     
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  4. HRS
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    @Crazy Steve Any idea what the width and backspace is? I haven't taken the tire off to measure. Looks like 5.5" or 6" inch with 3.75" BS.
     
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  5. Vanness
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    You can get them on a lot of trailers. Utility and what not. They should be 5 x 4.5. A lot of generators and equipment used these. I myself found them on a pull behind welder. Have a few of em.
     
  6. All I've seen are 6"... backspace sounds right.
     
  7. HRS
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    Yup - 5x4.5" and 6 inches sounds right.
     
  8. 302GMC
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    The safety rim bead was federally mandated in 1966, so they're around that age. The date code may be stamped in the recessed part of the hoop.
     
  9. Paul
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    Are you sure they are Ford?

    Edit:
    I see now the Ford stamp :)
     
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  10. vtx1800
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    Lots of Ford wheels look exactly like that. All that said I have no idea when changed from a clip to a nub, the wheels on my brand new 63 Fairlane were just like that.
     
  11. town sedan
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    Have a set of rims from an OT Crown Vic. They are 5 on 4 & 1/2 bolt pattern . About 15"x6 & 1/2" wide.
    They look similar to the red rim pictured above. I believe they have 4 tabs, but will look when I get home tonight.
    -Dave
     
  12. amadeus
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  13. okiedokie
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    The original wheels from my 55 Sunliner look the same. 15”x5.5 with 3.75 bs
     
  14. town sedan
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    My '90 or so, CV rims have the four nubs as I thought they did. Anyway that gives you something newer to look for too.
    -Dave
     
  15. The newer ?? (90 or so CV wheels) have 4 nubs. Only 2 of them actually grip the hub cap, the other 2 just hold the cap centered. They also may be a different size circle and not fit the hub cap you want to use.
     
  16. deathrowdave
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    If you want wider ones GT Torino or GT Mustang . 5x4.5 BC x 7 inch wide . This sytle wheel is also available in 5x5.5 BC also , from a pickup truck/Bronco . The hub cab from a 4.5 or 5.5 BC will fit either wheel . I had a set on my 48 F1 that were from an International Scout that were 15x5.5 BC x 8 inches wide . Jeep also used same wheel for a while .
     
  17. town sedan
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    Don't know the center hole diameter but I've run these rims on a 15 year old Ranger truck and they're on my 1960 Fairlane with drums now. Just making a suggestion on what to look for.
    -Dave
     
  18. RmK57
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    Could be the letters/ numbers stamped on the flange are date codes.
    6M6---- 1966- Jan.-6th?
     

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