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'72 Mach 1 Wheels
#1
Need info and advice on the original wheels for my '72 Mach 1. Here are some pics of the wheels and tires.

   
   
   
   

Are these the original wheels and tire size?

Also the big debate...keep these original wheels on the car or go with some new Magnum 500's in a 15" and some nicer tires as well?
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ITMike5.0;288435 Wrote:Need info and advice on the original wheels for my '72 Mach 1. Here are some pics of the wheels and tires.






Are these the original wheels and tire size?

Also the big debate...keep these original wheels on the car or go with some new Magnum 500's in a 15" and some nicer tires as well?

Those appear to be 14X7" wheels based on the tire size. They do appear to be the factory trim ring and hub cap set up. That size tire is pretty close to the original factory size, 215's would be correct.

Not going to suggest what to do... personal decision... you have to decide how you will finish the car, original or modified, then look at what wheel and tire combo you want moving forward.

I am an "original" guy, leave at that. Good luck in your choices.
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#3
The modern equivalent to the original tire size is 215/70/14.

The trim rings and caps look original and what were standard on a 72 Mach 1.

To me, this is a "special car", and as such, will always be worth more if kept original.

Best of luck with your restoration.

Jeff

Jeff
1972 Q Code Convertible
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#4
ITMike5.0, the standard tire for the Mach1 was the E70X14. Your Marti report indicates it was equipped with the optional F70X14 tire which equates to a 215-70R14 or a 225-70R14 depending on what tire manufacture's site you use. With no call out for optional sport wheel covers or Magnums, the trim rings and brushed finish hub caps would have been how your car was built. As Pastel Blue stated it's your personal decision/preference as to which way you want to go with your restoration. If you do decide to go with Magnums or some other styled rim, I would keep the trim rings and hub caps just in case you want to go back completely stock as it was built. With such a low number of cars built with your exterior/ interior combination that would be something I would keep in mind!

Steve

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#5
My two cents: flashy colors, stripes and shiny Magnums are everywhere. But a white on white with hubcaps and rings....? Now that will stand out!
Now putting on different rims is a modification that is reversible within minutes so even if you decide on Magnums there's no harm as long as you keep the original rims. But your car gets more generic that way.
I know that we all want the flashiest rims and colors but sometimes less is more.

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#6
+1 on the comments made so far.

BKDunha
72 Mach 1 H-Code (Concourse driven restoration)
67 S-Code Factory GT with 4-Spd

68 Mercury Cyclone (Pro-Street project)
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#7
Thanks for the input and opinions everyone. Right now I'm leaning towards keeping original. If anything I'll get a set of aftermarket wheels/tires and keep the originals in the garage for original value and car shows.
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ITMike5.0;288464 Wrote:Thanks for the input and opinions everyone. Right now I'm leaning towards keeping original. If anything I'll get a set of aftermarket wheels/tires and keep the originals in the garage for original value and car shows.

Good call. thumb

- Mike
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#9
I agree...try to keep that car as original as possible. I think it will look great & good luck with the rebuild!

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John 72 Q Code
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jeff8877;288438 Wrote:The modern equivalent to the original tire size is 215/70/14.

The trim rings and caps look original and what were standard on a 72 Mach 1.

To me, this is a "special car", and as such, will always be worth more if kept original.

Best of luck with your restoration.

Jeff

secluff;288439 Wrote:ITMike5.0, the standard tire for the Mach1 was the E70X14. Your Marti report indicates it was equipped with the optional F70X14 tire which equates to a 215-70R14 or a 225-70R14 depending on what tire manufacture's site you use. With no call out for optional sport wheel covers or Magnums, the trim rings and brushed finish hub caps would have been how your car was built. As Pastel Blue stated it's your personal decision/preference as to which way you want to go with your restoration. If you do decide to go with Magnums or some other styled rim, I would keep the trim rings and hub caps just in case you want to go back completely stock as it was built. With such a low number of cars built with your exterior/ interior combination that would be something I would keep in mind!

luxstang;288440 Wrote:My two cents: flashy colors, stripes and shiny Magnums are everywhere. But a white on white with hubcaps and rings....? Now that will stand out!
Now putting on different rims is a modification that is reversible within minutes so even if you decide on Magnums there's no harm as long as you keep the original rims. But your car gets more generic that way.
I know that we all want the flashiest rims and colors but sometimes less is more.

bkdunha;288461 Wrote:+1 on the comments made so far.

+ 4

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Ray

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1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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