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Trying out different wheels...
« on: March 27, 2016, 10:31:43 PM »
I'm going for a sleeper look, and thought I'd try these out. Just factory ford 14's with, what I think is, old style Pinto caps. I'll do about this size of tire in back, and some skinnier, but just as tall, in the front(which I don't have mounted yet). It's all coming down 2" as well, so ride height won't be affected that much, just a fuller wheel well. The only other wheels I've any interest in are the smooth staggered centerlines, but they kinda blow the illusion I'm trying to create.



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Re: Trying out different wheels...
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 11:40:03 AM »
I'd assume they a Fairmont/T-Bird 14" wheels?  The hubcaps are Maverick.  Yes, it does have a different, but factory style look that "stealthy flies under the radar."  I've always liked the concept.

  I have considered the SSP steel wheels from the 80's Mustang cop cars. The original 15" wheels are hard to find and not cheap. The center caps are rarer and I hear the front ones melt from overheated wheel bearings.  The later 80's T-Bird had a similar looking wheel but in a 14" size. They were covered with a standard hub cap so they didn't have the police style center cap. I've heard the early Escort center cap is similar.  When I  originally saw them they were on a red Pinto.  The owner told me that he used spacers that set the wheel outward quite a bit.  I had forgotten this when I went about procuring the look a like in a 14" size. I mounted up a 215-60-14" tire and tried them on my Pinto.  At least on a wagon they didn't look right.  Though the T-Bird is a RWD car the the wheel offset was too far inward.  So, while I like the look of the wheel itself, the look on the car was not what I wanted. Thankfully my Sunbeam Tiger shares the same bolt pattern. 

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Re: Trying out different wheels...
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2016, 10:22:33 AM »
Maverick eh? Well they look right enough. When I get to the body work, I'll powder coat the wheels too, but for now, they would be too shiny if I did. Nice clean black wheels with double pin stripe around lip... mmm... classic!
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Re: Trying out different wheels...
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2016, 11:02:38 PM »
I finally got the front tires mounted on the steelies and got them on the Pinto. I like it! 235/60/14 out back and 195/70/14 up front.

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Re: Trying out different wheels...
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2016, 12:03:39 PM »
It certainly gets the look you seek.  If I recall correctly you have a FMIC.  Do you need the hood bulge?  A flat hood would really seal the deal on the stealth look.  I love the concept.  In my Studebaker world there are factory built Paxton supercharged Larks.  One goes by the title "Plain Brown Wrapper." It looks like a bone stock Lark, but it FLIES! I believe this car was on "My Classic Car."

 

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Re: Trying out different wheels...
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2016, 01:34:23 PM »
I hate that stupid bulge! But till I chop the manifold down, it's a necessary evil. I have a no hole having, un bulged hood on stand by, but brakes and suspension are on the priority list right now. I am doing a 2" drop, front and back, so the wheels will tuck up in a little better, and I still end up at about factory height.
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Re: Trying out different wheels...
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2016, 11:42:19 PM »
I like it.  However I am partial to dog dish hubcaps.  I have been running them on my 67 Mustang for over 20 years now.  I might have a set of actual Pinto ones somewhere.


Too bad Willamette Wheel isn't around anymore.  You could get those puppies widened a bit and stick a little bigger tire under it.  I miss that place.   




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Re: Trying out different wheels...
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2016, 10:05:29 AM »
There is just something "Stealthy" about Steelies and Dog Dish Caps. I was greatly disappointed when I tried the Mustang SSP look a like wheels on the back of the Pinto. They were just too far inset to properly fit the wheel opening.  :(   

On my Valiant I have the steel Mopar Cop Car wheels and also a set of the hole drilled Dog Dish caps (not installed).  I have seen a NOS set of those caps going for $300! On my Studebaker I run the Crown Vic Cop Car wheels too.

Love those Steelies!!

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Re: Trying out different wheels...
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2016, 12:14:56 AM »
I would *love* to run 15x8 steelies and hubcaps on the rear of mine. The hubcaps would distract from the drag radials.  Maybe someday...
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Re: Trying out different wheels...
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2016, 09:29:15 AM »
There is just something "Stealthy" about Steelies and Dog Dish Caps. I was greatly disappointed when I tried the Mustang SSP look a like wheels on the back of the Pinto. They were just too far inset to properly fit the wheel opening.  :(   

On my Valiant I have the steel Mopar Cop Car wheels and also a set of the hole drilled Dog Dish caps (not installed).  I have seen a NOS set of those caps going for $300! On my Studebaker I run the Crown Vic Cop Car wheels too.

Love those Steelies!!

I think you and I have very similar taste in ol' cars.
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