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What years for 15" x 4" 5 1/2 bolt circle steel ford wheels

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 392, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. 392
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    Im getting close to wheel and tires for my ride. I will be using 16 x 4s on rear and want to use 15 x 4s on the front. Steel ford wheels 5 on 5 1/2 what years did ford use this size.
     
  2. carkiller
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    Ive never seen a 5x5.5 x15 narrower than a 5.5 inchs That wasnt reringed.
     
  3. bronco gasser
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    look in some of the after market books like vintage wheels, I believe they are starting to make the large ford bolt pattern.some of the early 40,s ford or mercs had skinny rims, but most were 16 in.
     
  4. blucar
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    All of the Ford type 15" 5 on 5.5 wheels I have ever seen are at least 5" wide.. '47-48's.. Depending on the application, the early Ford 15" wheels can be as wide as 6" through '66.. When the F150s came about, the 15" 5 on 5'5 wheels became more HD and the size increased to 6.5".. This style of wheel will always have external hub cap knobs..
     

  5. FINKSTR
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    1940 60HP Fords used 16x4" 5.5 bolt pattern wheels. I believe they are a one year only wheel. I bought pair for $10 each last summer at a swap meet to use on a future project.
     
  6. alchemy
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    The 60 horse wheels are 3.5" wide and very rare. The 4" wide wheels are common and found on 99.9 percent of the 40-41 Ford passenger cars.

    To answer the OP, I too have never seen nor heard of an original FoMoCo 4" wide 15" wheel with a 5.5" pattern.
     
  7. Mr48chev
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  8. visor
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    Make them.
    Find a pair of old bad chrome 15x4 Cragar ss wheels. Knock the aluminum spokes out, clean up the welds.
    Remove the centers from a pair 5.5 16" Fords by drilling out the rivets.
    The Ford centers fit perfect in the Cragar hoops. True them up and weld away.
     
  9. 392
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    From the posts it doesn't look like there was any made. I will look for 15 x 4.5 or 15 x 5
     

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