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51 ford on 16" wheels

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chopshop13, May 12, 2011.

  1. Three lug nuts fell off.............
     
  2. Hnstray
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    '49 thru '72 Ford full size passenger cars had 5 bolts on a 4 1/2" bolt circle.


    Ray
     
  3. shoebox72
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    What he said is correct.. I picked up this Deluxe V-8 parts car a few years ago & it has 16 inch wheels.
     

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  4. Theo Douglas
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    I've never heard that they were for lower-level cars. The story I heard is that the 16-inch wheels were for Fords exported to countries outside the U.S. Anyone heard that?
     
  5. Lucky444
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    Here are some pics of one of my favorite 50 Fords sitting on 16's.

    Steve Sellers Shoebox from San Jose as seen in TRJ #14, Winter 2000.
     

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  6. AV88
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    In Australia 16s were on all 49 fords and on all 49-51 ford utes and there hard to find here too
     
  7. coleminer
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    My wife's '51 has 16s. Bought it at an estate sale last year. Been sitting under a shed since '62. 6 cyl 3 speed Deluxe. Motor was not in it. Owner said he was racing a flatty and blew the engine. Same color as yours Chopshop13. Had to go check the shop to see if my wife decided to part with it.
     
  8. hari kari
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    from michigan

    Sixteens on a shoebox is killer..
     
  9. ?!?!?!? 4 bolt wheels?????
     
  10. I was told by a now-deceased old time Ford dealer (he had a picture in his office of him with Henry 1 at the '32 introduction!) that the 16" wheels were an no-cost option for those wanting more ground clearance or if they didn't want those 'new-fangled' 15" tires.... :eek:

    Popular in rural areas, not so much in urban areas where the roads were better.
     
  11. V8 Bob
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    Sixteen inch wheels were available on '49-'52 passenger Fords, and again in '56 on Fairlane V8s with Fordomatic and all station wagons, according to their shop manuals. The '53s and '54s only show 15", and I have no info on '55s.
     
  12. Crankhole
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    Bought a '51 Fordor w/6cyl a few years back with 16"s.
     
  13. hari kari
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    from michigan

    Steve sellers car is badass
     
  14. 3wLarry
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    Guys, I've got a really nice pair of these 16" wheels for sale if anyone needs them...Pm me.
     
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  15. hari kari
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    from michigan

    How wide are the 16" rims
     

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