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Topic: 17" or 18" steels
Posted By: Heartfailure
Subject: 17" or 18" steels
Date Posted: 12-July-2013 at 10:27AM
Can anyone help me in locating some 18x8 or 17x8 factory style steels, that I can fit some dog-dish hupcaps to?

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Real men do it over the 1/4mile.



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Posted By: PS122
Date Posted: 16-July-2013 at 4:17AM
You might look into the steel wheels that are used on the Chrysler 300/Dodge Magnum/Dodge Charger.  I'm not sure about dog-dish hubcap fitment though.

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Joe
'76 S&H Gran Torino
http://starskytorino.com/joes/joes.html


Posted By: Rockatansky
Date Posted: 16-July-2013 at 4:41AM
Dodge wheels use a different bolt circle, very close but different
 
look at Ford Ranger, Crown Vic, Escape, Edge, Grand Marquis
 
as far as the dog dish's, you may need to use the style that attaches to the lug nuts, think Police Interceptor. they stopped putting the nubs around the center to hold Poverty caps on a long time ago
 
 


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72 GT Ute
   


Posted By: occupant
Date Posted: 16-July-2013 at 4:42AM
PS122 those 300/Charger/Magnum wheels are 5x115, not 5x114.3 or 5x4.5"

They'll fit but they aren't quite right.

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08 Uplander LS, 262K, broken again
08 Explorer EB, 195K, for the wife
still looking for another something


Posted By: PS122
Date Posted: 16-July-2013 at 6:03AM
Originally posted by occupant occupant wrote:

PS122 those 300/Charger/Magnum wheels are 5x115, not 5x114.3 or 5x4.5"

They'll fit but they aren't quite right.
 
Bad assumption on my part....
 
Anyway, the 2006+ Panther platform wheels are available in 17x7.5.  They look pretty nice (especially if you widen the rears as Car Craft did in the linked article):
 
http://www.carcraft.com/techarticles/ccrp_1112_ford_panther_platform_wheel_widening/viewall.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.carcraft.com/techarticles/ccrp_1112_ford_panther_platform_wheel_widening/viewall.html


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Joe
'76 S&H Gran Torino
http://starskytorino.com/joes/joes.html


Posted By: unlovedford
Date Posted: 16-July-2013 at 6:41AM
Now THAT is badass.

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Joe
1972 Mom's Squire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)


Posted By: occupant
Date Posted: 16-July-2013 at 7:52AM
The 2003+ Panther wheels also are a completely different offset.

1998-2002 CV/GM wheels would work in 16 inch. Here's what one looks like on my sedan:




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08 Uplander LS, 262K, broken again
08 Explorer EB, 195K, for the wife
still looking for another something


Posted By: Heartfailure
Date Posted: 16-July-2013 at 8:01AM
Unfortunately, for me, what I'm after is the original style steel rim but in a 17" or 18"  

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Real men do it over the 1/4mile.


Posted By: PS122
Date Posted: 16-July-2013 at 8:16AM
Wheel Vintiques offers some of their steel wheels in 17".  Be warned, though - they are very pricey...
 
http://www.wheelvintiques.com/index.php/chevy-ford-o-e-62-series.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.wheelvintiques.com/index.php/chevy-ford-o-e-62-series.html
 
 


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Joe
'76 S&H Gran Torino
http://starskytorino.com/joes/joes.html


Posted By: Rockatansky
Date Posted: 16-July-2013 at 9:09AM
if you're willing to settle for 16's you can use the 2002 & earlier Ford cop wheels with the nut covers, they have the right offset. 2003 the offset changed to 'high positive' or whatever. here's my 2003 with 2002 wheels on it
 


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72 GT Ute
   


Posted By: unlovedford
Date Posted: 16-July-2013 at 9:30AM
Unless you go with an aftermarket source, I don't know if you can get the correct offset in any 17-18 inch wheel. I run 17 and 18 inch wheels that are and/or mimic Ford wheels and love them, but they are not steel rims.

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Joe
1972 Mom's Squire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)


Posted By: Heartfailure
Date Posted: 16-July-2013 at 7:48PM
I'm gonna have to re-think my wheel or hub-cap choice I think.  I can't justify $200 a rim.  I was after a cheap option with some class.  Any thoughts on a 17" cop rim with a full width 15" cap?  I wnat some thing different, to the usual 5-spokes or bling type rims. 

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Real men do it over the 1/4mile.


Posted By: PS122
Date Posted: 17-July-2013 at 12:48AM
Originally posted by Heartfailure Heartfailure wrote:

I'm gonna have to re-think my wheel or hub-cap choice I think.  I can't justify $200 a rim.  I was after a cheap option with some class.  Any thoughts on a 17" cop rim with a full width 15" cap?  I wnat some thing different, to the usual 5-spokes or bling type rims. 
 
You might have to get a little 'creative' in mounting the full wheel covers, but I think it could provide for a unique (and cool) look.  Particularly if you painted the 1" of rim that remains uncovered by the wheelcover in body color or a contrasting color. 


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Joe
'76 S&H Gran Torino
http://starskytorino.com/joes/joes.html


Posted By: unlovedford
Date Posted: 17-July-2013 at 1:43AM
What about a 17 inch trim ring, a Ford cap and body-colored wheel?

or...

A buddy of mine bought a set of aftermarket alloy wheels that had the chrome flaking off. He sprayed the wheel black and the thicker lip on the 17 alloy inch wheel allowed a smaller size wheelcover to be mounted. Fit tight and didn't come off so he got the benefit of better tires with the classic look.

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Joe
1972 Mom's Squire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)


Posted By: PS122
Date Posted: 17-July-2013 at 2:42AM
Originally posted by unlovedford unlovedford wrote:

A buddy of mine bought a set of aftermarket alloy wheels that had the chrome flaking off. He sprayed the wheel black and the thicker lip on the 17 alloy inch wheel allowed a smaller size wheelcover to be mounted. Fit tight and didn't come off so he got the benefit of better tires with the classic look.
 
I love this idea.  There seems to be an abundance of these 'flaking chrome' wheels on CL that can be had for cheap (relatively speaking).


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Joe
'76 S&H Gran Torino
http://starskytorino.com/joes/joes.html


Posted By: Eliteman76
Date Posted: 26-July-2013 at 4:43PM
Or, be like me:
Cragar 17x9.5" wheel...
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http://s80.photobucket.com/user/Eliteman76/media/1972%20GTS%20Torino/tires%20-%20wheels/DSC00985.jpg.html" rel="nofollow">
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I'm using a $74 steel wheel, but be warned: these are 40 pounds each, not including a tire...they are heavy but man they have gotten me a lot of thumbs up for avoiding the mag wheel look.
I got mine in silver by accident and elected to use duplicolor wheel paint.

Not perfect, but cheaper than powder coating for now.



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Andrew:GTS.ORG admin, '72 Q code 5 speed Restomod
Pondering: #99Problems



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