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Identifying 14x6" vs 14x7" trim rings, hub caps, and Sport Wheel Covers
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There seems to be some confusion as to the differing width trim rings offered on cars with the standard 14x6" rims, and the "deep-dish" trim rings used on Mach 1s and '71-73s ordered with optional 14x7" steel rims.

Additionally, less known is the fact that the hub cap centers were also available in shallow and deep-dish versions, also according to the width of the rim.

Let's end the confusion. Here is a side-by side comparison. 14x7" "deep dish" on the left, 14x6" on the right:

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Too subtle? Try these angles:

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Also note the valve stem hole. Though elongated, its spacing from edge to edge is still larger than that of the standard cover:
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Keen on measurements? The 14x7" trim rings are approximately 2.5" wide, while the 14x6's are 1.5". Not really a surprise, when you think about it:

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Even though the wider trim rings added additional dish, Ford engineers found it necessary to design deeper/taller center caps to protrude from the center of 14x7" rims. The proper caps look like this, and are ____ (will have measurements for you soon) deep:

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If you mount a shallow 14x6" cap on a 14x7" rim with a 14x7" trim ring, the combination will look wrong, like Toby Halicki's cobbled-up combination on Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds (beauty car shown):

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With that done, let's look at Sport Wheel Covers. These are roughly similar in overall depth to the 14x6" trim rings:

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A deep-dish 14x7"-specific Sport Wheel Cover was available, and had essentially the same depth as the 14x7" trim ring:

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Photo from auction by eBay seller "gaprilday" - reposting here, as I don't have one of these caps myself.

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The Sport Wheel Covers in 14x7" are often found with all-dark grey centers. These are for '69-70 models and are more common on the market. The '71-73 carryover is identical with exception to the argent center, as seen in the dealership photo. You may find it difficult to locate 1971+ Sport Wheel Covers for 14x7" wheels - for some reason, they are far less common than the 14x6" variants.

-Kurt

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I have a set of trim rings and caps from the 73 I sold. I was sure the original wheels were 14x6. After reading this I'm confused. The trim rings I have are 2.5 inches deep. Did the 73 s come with 14x7 wheels? Did I sell 14x7 rims dirt cheap thinking they were 14x6?

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Rick Bombard
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#3
.Both E70-14 and F70-14 wide ovals were available in 1973.

I would think they both used the wider trim ring and caps, but not positive...

Ray

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1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#4
Could these have been 14x7? I sold the rims with the tires on them so I never was able to measure them. The tires were only 195/70/14 so they were not very wide. That's why I thought they were 14x6.

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2013 Race Red California Special Convertible
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1953 F-100 project

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#5
Thanks for that, Kurt! Good info! thumb

Eric

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#6
Boss1Ray;176997 Wrote:.Both E70-14 and F70-14 wide ovals were available in 1973.

I would think they both used the wider trim ring and caps, but not positive...

My M-code - which would default to 14x7" rims - was ordered with WSW E70x14's according to the Marti.

Chances are, the cars ordered with E78x14's used the 14x6" rims.

71mach351;177000 Wrote:Could these have been 14x7? I sold the rims with the tires on them so I never was able to measure them. The tires were only 195/70/14 so they were not very wide. That's why I thought they were 14x6.

My 14x7" rims came with 205/70/14's on them. Still too small, IMO:

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From the photo you supplied, yours certainly do appear to be the 14x7" versions.

In fact, I've yet to see a '71-73 with 14x6" rims and the dog dish/trim ring combo (which was optional); most of these cars seem to use the standard wheel covers.

I wouldn't be surprised if the 14x6" rings are more unusual - as they relate to our Mustangs - than the 14x7" rings. So many Machs were ordered in '71 that the only large source of additional 14x6" rings would have been the rest of the Ford lineup.

What does your Marti say about the tires on your car?

-Kurt

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Mister 4x4;177021 Wrote:Thanks for that, Kurt! Good info! thumb


+1

Kurt - Big thanks for all the research and sharing of!!!!!!!!!

Ray

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cudak888;177026 Wrote:What does your Marti say about the tires on your car?

-Kurt

No marti report and no other documentation left. I sold the car last fall and the new owner didn't want the original rims. Sold the rims and tires and still have the trim rings and caps. I just need to know what to post on CL. For the size rim they will fit. I don't want to post they fit 14x6 only to have someone buy them and they don't fit their rims.

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1971 Grabber Green Mach 1 351C 4V
2013 Race Red California Special Convertible
1973 Medium Copper Metallic Convertible 302 4V     SOLD
1953 F-100 project

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71mach351;177083 Wrote:No marti report and no other documentation left. I sold the car last fall and the new owner didn't want the original rims. Sold the rims and tires and still have the trim rings and caps. I just need to know what to post on CL. For the size rim they will fit. I don't want to post they fit 14x6 only to have someone buy them and they don't fit their rims.

Of course.

FYI, if you're willing to ship, PM me and let me know how much you'd ask for the set.

-Kurt

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cudak888;177084 Wrote:Of course.

FYI, if you're willing to ship, PM me and let me know how much you'd ask for the set.

-Kurt

I have no use for them. Here's a link to the CL ad with pics of condition. Make an offer.

http://burlington.craigslist.org/pts/4443862533.html

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1973 Medium Copper Metallic Convertible 302 4V     SOLD
1953 F-100 project

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