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15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« on: May 12, 2014, 09:49:32 PM »
Are there 15 inch steel wheels that fit pintos? or are we stuck with 13's?

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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2014, 11:29:23 PM »
I'm sure you can find some that fit but you may have to some searching online for a custom wheel company that makes steel wheels.
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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2014, 12:28:02 AM »
Well if you have the money there are the steel 15" Mustang SSP wheels (over $300 for a set of 4).  Steel..., with a bit of flavor (bottom image).  I found a couple of SSP Look A Likes on a '88 T-Bird (upper image).  They are only 14" (and not as wide), but have the same perimeter holes as the SSP.  And, I like the center hole better on these too. BTW, the yard wanted to charge me for this tire! Flat, no tread and a damaged sidewall. Yea, that's $25 on Craigslist "All day long" - NOT! Totally a junk tire.

Most of the Fox body 4 X 4.25" cars went to some form of alloy wheel when they went to 15".  But there may be some T-Birds, Mercury's etc. that were 15" steels.

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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2014, 02:02:15 AM »
Try Stockton Wheel Company or Wheel Vintiques. Good Luck

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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2014, 02:50:43 AM »
thanks guys, its looking like this is going to be an expensive idea.


I've got a set of mustang turbines with good tires on them, I haven't purchased spacers or longer studs yet.  I like them, but I had a crazy idea for a paint scheme and a "theme" that I didn't think would work with the turbines, so I was thinking steel wheels and moon discs.
 But, with the expense I'm looking at, I may as well just buy the stuff to mount the turbines and live with them

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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2014, 10:55:22 AM »
I got these from Summit in 4 bolt 14x6 & 15x7 from Wheel Vintiques with 47 Ford caps & ribbed trim rings. They run about $125 apiece as I have them but I got them 1 at a time & used a $25 off coupon for each one saving about 20% of the total. I've still got to powdercoat them red but the 2nd pic is what they will look like finished.
 

 
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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2014, 12:11:54 PM »
Eventually the Mustang cop cars went away from the steel SSP wheels to the Turbines. They used this paint scheme (see image).  The actual color is semi gloss black. For some reason it has a blue tint in this picture.  You can probably pay a half maybe even a third for Alloy Turbines over steel SSP's. Probably one of the few cases where the alloys are not as valuable as the steels.  I wonder how that goes in the GM world.  Ford has pricy SSP's, Mopar guys have their pricey cop car wheels, and GM ... ?

The Turbines look good on the T-Bird and can look OK on a Pinto, but you have to have just the right tire combination.  FYI, the Fairmonts, earlier Mustangs (I think), and the like came with a 14" steel wheel that have a center mount hubcap capability.  You should be able to get those in a junkyard for about $10 each.  Any reason why 14" wouldn't work over 15" for you?


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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2014, 02:46:44 PM »
the only reason I want 15 over 14 is because I have a set of 15 inch tires in excellent condition.
I think the turbines look amazing on a pinto with the right paint scheme,
but for what I'd really like to do, moon discs would look great, the ones pinto 5.0 posted would look PHENOMENAL.
 If the 13's didn't look so silly, all the space around them in the wheel well and whatnot, I'd just get some 13 inch moons.

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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2014, 05:31:54 PM »
I have a set of 15x7 steel wheels I bought from a company in cali... built to my spec on backspacing and shipped for 160... put 14s on the front with the 15s out back...im thinking about putting them back on....
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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2014, 07:45:49 PM »
These can be on any size and relatively inexpensive. On 14 or 15" I think the trim rings are more pricey.

It's an inexpensive alternative, I think, and provides as good as, or a better look. I actually think they look better on the right cars, Pintos are one of them and Mavericks.
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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2014, 05:05:30 PM »
These can be on any size and relatively inexpensive. On 14 or 15" I think the trim rings are more pricey.

It's an inexpensive alternative, I think, and provides as good as, or a better look. I actually think they look better on the right cars, Pintos are one of them and Mavericks.

Those are what I'm rockin'. :) I think they fit the car's style quite well. :)

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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2014, 05:18:27 PM »
Those are what I'm rockin'. :) I think they fit the car's style quite well. :)

Thanks! I think they set off the car. Although the trim rings are from a Vega. I know, I know my whole wagon will rust now ahahaha

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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2014, 05:21:03 PM »
Oh, and don't forget the grenades!!!

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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2014, 06:13:38 PM »
those do look pretty good on there.
 just not feeling it for what I'm picturing, the vision I'm having is either moon discs or baby moons

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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2014, 06:27:55 PM »
those do look pretty good on there.
 just not feeling it for what I'm picturing, the vision I'm having is either moon discs or baby moons

Then use baby moons instead of the factory caps and trim rings :)
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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2014, 07:54:28 PM »
Eventually the Mustang cop cars went away from the steel SSP wheels to the Turbines.

The wheels you're talking about are known among the Fox3 crowd as "10-holes" or "phone-dialers."

"Turbines" like these were only available on '87-9X Mustang GTs:
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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2014, 08:10:43 PM »
The wheels you're talking about are known among the Fox3 crowd as "10-holes" or "phone-dialers."

"Turbines" like these were only available on '87-9X Mustang GTs:


those are the ones I have, without center caps.  I HATE those center caps

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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2014, 04:55:42 AM »
Stock car wheels from speedway motors.

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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2014, 11:08:59 AM »
Thank you for the correction.  The error was mine. Yes, the  Cop Cars had the 10 hole "phone dial" wheels.

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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2014, 01:03:32 PM »
How's this idea? I actually tried using a hubcap13" on a 15x8 steel mag wheel and it fit.sorta looked like an oversized dog dish ford wheel from back in the 70s.may not work on all but give it a try.it opens up a lot more options.
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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2014, 09:54:34 PM »
I suppose I could probably put a moon disc on the turbines

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Re: 15 inch steelies? are they out there?
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2014, 03:54:01 AM »
i had 13x7 steel wheels on mine from "motor rim & wheel service" back in 71.  [size=78%]they had 7" rims in stock and would put the center anywhere you wanted.  [/size]



all new, a set of 4 13x7's with a 4" back space cost me $17 each plus tax in 1971 dollars. 


took about a week to get 'em and i finished them off with some stock pinto dog dishes and a thin pinstripe around the rim in lime green (the car was a factory dark green metallic)


cheap and did the job.


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