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Old 05-29-2019, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default 49 Custom wheels

I want to buy 15" wheels from a salvage yard to mount radial tires for my 49 shoebox. Anyone know what will fix with correct back spacing ?
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:36 AM   #2
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I believe the original wheels were 15X5.
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Old 05-29-2019, 04:21 PM   #3
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The back spacing on my stock 15" wheel is 3.5".
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Old 05-30-2019, 02:57 AM   #4
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This original brochure for the 49 Ford lists the standard wheels as 15" fitted with low pressure 6.70 x 15 Tyres.
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Old 05-30-2019, 03:04 AM   #5
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It is interesting to note that the Australian 1949 Fords came with 16" wheels, fitted with 6.00 x 16" 4 Ply Tyres.
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Old 05-30-2019, 03:17 PM   #6
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USA-built '49 fords came with 16" wheels and 6.00 x 16" tires on the base model. I believe the wheels are 4" wide. The Deluxe model came with 15" wheels and 6.50 or 6.70 x 15" tires.......Bob L
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Old 05-31-2019, 01:15 PM   #7
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Most any 4.5 " bolt circle will work.Some Mopar 15" from that period will work and are 5" wide.They have clips and take the small hubcap.
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Old 05-31-2019, 06:43 PM   #8
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I was advised to buy new wheels from Summit or Wheel Vintique due to salvage wheels being warped, out of round etc. Just my .02 cents.
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:14 PM   #9
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2nd hand wheels if i buy them i always make sure i can take them back if their buckled easy enough to check just put them on a balance machine without the tyres
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Old 06-01-2019, 07:46 AM   #10
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i bought some from a yard that i deal with they were from a 1982 dodge diplomat they were true straight had them sand blasted and painted they worked great being 6 . 5 wide they expand the tire i have 225/75/15 handles and rides great
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