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Old July 22nd, 2003, 05:00 PM   #1
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ok, I finally got Ford wheel adapters for my Ford wired wheels. I want to push out the wheels a bit anyways so adapters seems like the way to go (at least for tempoary use). Well, they're just a shy wide to fit my rims. The Ford patterns are supposed to be 4.5" x 5, the rims seems to be 4.25" x 5. Chevy's are 4.75". I have Chevy adapters too and are way too big.

So what's up with my rims then? Did Ford change the patterns up by .25"? Can I shave the lug holes on my rims just a schmidget to make the adapters work or is that a definite no no? If any it would be just 1/8" shave on the lug holes on the rims to make it work. The holes are flat, no lips, like a flat sheet metal with holes drilled.
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Old July 22nd, 2003, 05:14 PM   #2
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The holes are flat, no lips, like a flat sheet metal with holes drilled.
The early Ford wires relied on a step on the hub to locate the wheel by the center hole.Improper mounting can lead to cracking.Not sure what the bolt pattern is.I'm sure someone on the HAMB has the answer.
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Old July 22nd, 2003, 06:56 PM   #3
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ok, I finally got Ford wheel adapters for my Ford wired wheels.
Nick What kind of ford wire wheels did you get? If you're talking about early ford wheels they were a 5 1/2" bolt pattern and all fords except the big galaxies of the seventies have been 4 1/2".
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Old July 22nd, 2003, 07:07 PM   #4
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The ford adapters are 4.5", Chevy adapters are 4.75". The special hub can be fixed by adding special spacers in between the lug and the rim. At least that's what some people did at HAMB when I read that thread awhile ago, need to look it up again...
Here's picts of the rims (leaning against my car)


Here's the Ford wheel patterns throughout the years/models, makes me think about my rims (doesn't match any of these descriptions correctly):

6 on 5-1/2"
Ford - Courier PU '72-'84

5 on 4-1/4
Ford - T-Bird '89

5 on 4-1/2
Ford 1/2 ton van
Ford Granada, Monarch
Ford - All full size cars '49-'72; '79-'85
- Fairlane '62-'79
- T-Bird '55-'71; '77-'79
- Mustang (5-bolt) '65-'73
- Maverick 5-bolt all
- Mustang SVO '85-'86
- Ranchero '68-'84
- Aerostar, Probe, Bronco II/Ranger to '89

5 on 5
Ford, LTD '73-'75
Ford - T-Bird '72-'76
- Galaxie, LTD, Custom '73-'78

5 on 5-1/2
Ford Bronco, F100
Ford - all '28-'48
- full size P.U., van, Bronco '49-'89

4 on 4-1/4
Ford - Fairmont '78-'86
- Mustang 4-bolt patterns '74-'93
- T-Bird '80-'88
- Pinto '71-'80
- Fiesta '78-'85
- Escort all (RWD and FWD)
- Cortina all
- Taurus, Tempo, EXP to '89
- German-built Capri I, II, III '69-'8?

4 on 4-1/2
Mustang all '65-'68 4-bolt
Falcon, Maverick, Granada all 4-bolt
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nick hate to telll you this, but those wheels arnt fords....





they are fubar. this company made wheels in a size that nobody else used to screw with you specifically.
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The rims not being Fords has crossed my mind. I originally thought they were CHevy's since the came with Chevy hubcaps. But the Chevy adapters are way off. So by process of elimination, Ford is the next (and only) logical step. But Ford adapters don't work neither so, then next step: what manufacturers used 4.25" x 5 lug patterns:
-Volvo 140, 164 15"
-Volvo - all to '89
-Ford - T-Bird '89
It's safe to assume Volvo's never made wired rims like these, and these weren't on '89 T-birds neither....

4" x 5's are (if your curious):
-64-69 Mopar "A" 13"
-65-76 Mopar "A" 14"
-Dodge - Aspen, Dart, Demon, Swinger (w/o discs) '63-'72
-Plymouth - Barracuda, Duster, Valiant (w/o discs) '61-'74

Damn these Fubar wheels
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they are fubar. this company made wheels in a size that nobody else used to screw with you specifically.
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