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Ford steel wheels - what are they from?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rem, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Rem
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,256


    Yeah, I know....a Ford :D

    I've got a set of 16" x 4-1/2" Ford wheels that have the later 5 on 4-1/2" bolt pattern. I got them to rob the rims for replacements for rusty regular '40 rims and to make some reverse-rims, but as I had never seen this size and bolt pattern combo before, was wondering what they would have been originally fitted to?

    I found Wheelkid's tech piece on Ford wheels and he states that this size was available as an option in '49-'52 - so are these just plain old Shoebox wheels? No great loss to the world if I butcher them?

    This is Wheelkid's photo:

  2. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,912

    dirty old man

    Stepdad bought a new '49 that I seem to remember had the 16s IIRC. But I do believe for sure that they were available.
  3. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,949

    metal man

    I believe what you have there are what you think they are . BUT Ihave been told that these 16's were fairly rare and are desirable as is .Someone on here ought to know what value they hold .I didn't know those years used any 16's until recently.They are pretty cool wheel,I'd check other options for replacement rims before cutting them up.
  4. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 6,984


    Shoebox wheels, like you said. I have some too. I looked for them for a looong time before I found them. That said, I tried to sell a pair a while back with not too much luck. So... Yes, they're valuable, but only to the guy who's looking for them. Like someone with a passenger car 9" in their hot rod that wnts to run 16's.

  5. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,899

    from Idaho

    The first '49 Fords had them ... because the '49s were released in June '48, the cars went through lots of changes - most of the industry had gone to 15'' wheels during the '46-'48 period, so Ford followed suit by late '48.
  6. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Yes they are just plain old 49 Ford wheels. Cut 'em up, hang your air hoses on them, do what you will, no one will miss them.
  7. swifty
    Joined: Dec 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,827


    Here in Australia they were used on the coupe utes from 49 to 59 and the cars got the 15" wheels. I'm not sure on width but the later year utes probably had something wider than 4 1/2". Our coupe utes finished in 58/59 and then the Falcon utes took over.

  8. Rem
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,256


    Thanks guys, sounds like they're for the chop as soon as I find some suitable '40 donors for the centres......unless someone pays me not to do it in the mean time! :)

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