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How to recognise original steel wheels for the 71-73 Mustang?
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Hi guys, I would like to know how you can recognise original steel wheels for our cars. 

Are there any specific details on the wheels that confirm that they are actually for a 71-73 Mustang?

I have found a set of steel wheels for sale . I have received some photo's from the seller but I am not convinced that these are original Mustang wheels.

Any info is much appreciated. 



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#2
All factory wheels will have the stamped Ford logo.

I think for 1971 and 1972 they had three sizes of wheels -
14x6 
14x7 
15x7

1971

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For 1973 there were only two wheel sizes -
 14x5.5
 14x6 

1973

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Ray

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1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
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If they're 14" rims, and they fit over factory power disc brakes - SCORE!!   thumb

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Eric

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What rim size are you looking for? Hard to tell from that view whether they are 14x6 or 14x7. The 14x7 rims should have a White & Violet paint daub on the back, along with a stamping of "14x7 JJ" I have a spare set of 14x7s and can take some pics of the stampings tomorrow.


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(01-11-2019, 05:28 PM)JD79 Wrote: Hi guys, I would like to know how you can recognise original steel wheels for our cars. 

Are there any specific details on the wheels that confirm that they are actually for a 71-73 Mustang?

I have found a set of steel wheels for sale . I have received some photo's from the seller but I am not convinced that these are original Mustang wheels.

Any info is much appreciated. 

1973 Aluminum slots were 14 x 6. Otherwise, all other 73 Mustangs came with 14 x 5.5 steel wheels.  On my 73 which came originally with trim rings and dog dish caps on 14 x 5.5, I found two yellow and two green paint daubs on the outer edge of the inner side of the rim. The buildsheet for the car also confirms these color codes. I am not sure if this also was the case on 14 x 5.5 rims in other years.

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I had a Light Blue 73 250-6 3 speed convertible that came with those 14x5 1/2" pizza cutters painted body color and only the center poverty cap.

Luckily, the 71-72 cars came with 14x6, 14x7 or the 15x7 in either plain steel or Magnum 500.

14x5.5 - yellow/green (73 only - 68-70 6cyl used same colors, but were 4-lug))
14x6 - brown / violet
14x7 - white / violet
15x7 - green


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The wheel you have a picture of is I think a Chrysler, Dodge or Plymouth. They had same spacing as Ford but had the small hole pierced in the bolt circle. Some had a pin that went in the hole. Chrysler had some odd thoughts about wheels even had L.H. threads on one side.
Like they say look for the Ford logo to be certain.


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#8
Thanks for the info guys. Shame that the set I’ve seen is not correct for the Mustang.
According to the Marti report of my 1973 Q convertible , it had F70 x14 tires .So basically I need to search for 14x5.5 steel wheels then? Seems a bit small for a Q code..... . Unfortunately I didn’t find a buildsheet when the carpet was removed....
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#9
Wow, yeah 14x5.5 will be like Pizza Cutters on that car.

73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

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#10
I've been using the term 'pizza cutters' for years... because it's not too far off.

Here's mine with the 14x5.5" stock steelies on 185/70R14s with a set of Sport Caps I got from Kurt (cudak888).

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And then you throw on some meats: 15x8 & 15x10 Cragar S/Ss with 245/60R125s and 295/50R15s - same car, same day, different wheels - MUCH different look:

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BTW - the 'right' wheels make a difference.  A set of 14" steelies for the correct model year will clear the power disc brakes.  Ealier model years, not so much (I tried a set of 14" steelies from my pal Jim's 1963.5 Galaxie 500 XL, and it was definitely a no go - the got hung up on the calipers up front.  Rears with drums - no biggie (of course).

Hope this helps.

Eric

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