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Old 11-19-2020, 11:11 AM   #1
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Default 15" Rims

My brother is looking for a useable set (4 or 5) of stock 15" rims for his '46 coupe in the Reno Nevada area. Speedway has rims with 7" bead width, but at $120 each, beyond the budget. Nothing on Ebay or Third Gen. Any suggestions where to look.
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Old 11-19-2020, 11:32 AM   #2
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I had my last set custom made, don't remember the price, but it wasn't that bad. And a lot of that was the shipping. There is a shop in LA I think, I could look it up if your interested.
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Old 11-19-2020, 12:12 PM   #3
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A factor here is whether he wants to run stock hubcaps or not. If not, wheels should be easy to find, from '49-'51 Mercs and a variety of Ford pickups. If so, he is limited to the venerable '48 Merc wheel, a much smaller selection of Ford pickups, or custom made.
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A factor here is whether he wants to run stock hubcaps or not. If not, wheels should be easy to find, from '49-'51 Mercs and a variety of Ford pickups. If so, he is limited to the venerable '48 Merc wheel, a much smaller selection of Ford pickups, or custom made.
Agreed. If he just needs 15" wheels, a trip to the junkyard would do. Ford pickups and econolines used those into the '90's. If he wants to run the stock type cap, then he needs '46-48 Merc or F1-F100 up until around '56 wheels. They are out there but you'll probably need to post a wanted ad or start shopping swap meets.
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Old 11-19-2020, 01:51 PM   #5
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I had my last set custom made, don't remember the price, but it wasn't that bad. And a lot of that was the shipping. There is a shop in LA I think, I could look it up if your interested.
Thanks, that would be helpful.
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:04 PM   #6
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The pickup 15" wheel for the stock style hub caps are 1956 to 66 and still a lot of them still around for $50 each and less.
I have found them in good shape in junkyards with a junk tire and if you offer to take it with the junk tire the price gets cheaper
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The pickup 15" wheel for the stock style hub caps are 1956 to 66 and still a lot of them still around for $50 each and less.
I have found them in good shape in junkyards with a junk tire and if you offer to take it with the junk tire the price gets cheaper
X2. There has to be a junk yard in or near Reno/Carson City that has some older Ford pickups.
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Old 11-19-2020, 04:22 PM   #8
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Agreed with many of the above comments. For example, I am still storing two 15" wheels that came on a 64 pickup (that I bought new). They take the early hubcap. So, I think there ought to be wheels available in your area. I'd offer mine for free, if we weren't separated by a few thousand miles.
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Agreed with many of the above comments. For example, I am still storing two 15" wheels that came on a 64 pickup (that I bought new). They take the early hubcap. So, I think there ought to be wheels available in your area. I'd offer mine for free, if we weren't separated by a few thousand miles.
The original poster put the notice up for his brother who lives in the Reno area. Reno is not that far from Placerville.
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Old 11-19-2020, 05:46 PM   #10
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He wants 7-inches between the beads! Ford didn't make 7-inchers for the early caps. DD
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Old 11-19-2020, 05:53 PM   #11
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He just stated thats what speedway had for $120 but out of his budget. Didnt say they had to be 7" . Sounds more like he would settle for something cheaper.
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He just stated thats what speedway had for $120 but out of his budget. Didnt say they had to be 7" . Sounds more like he would settle for something cheaper.
You're ARE correct, Skids! So, we both know that 5-1/2" wide pick-up wheels are all over the place through '66, for the early caps. DD
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Old 11-19-2020, 06:48 PM   #13
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15" tires are on their way out, like the 14s.
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Old 11-19-2020, 07:09 PM   #14
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Older jeeps and dodge trucks
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Old 11-20-2020, 06:27 AM   #15
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A while ago, I bought a set of 15" rims. Three of the four have "knubs" for the hub caps while the fourth has spring like fingers riveted on. Who made each of the two types?
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The one with the springs added, i have had them and they are mid 50s lincoln wheels. Original they were just smooth no clips because they had full size hubcaps

I have had them marked ford, fomoco and KH.
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Old 11-20-2020, 08:12 AM   #17
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https://www.summitracing.com/parts/w...estionsanswers

I bought 5 of these a couple of years back for my ‘41, got them on sale for $59. Each I think.

Coker also has bare wheels also.

https://www.cokertire.com/wheels/smo...r157lm400.html

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Old 11-20-2020, 02:52 PM   #18
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Thanks, that would be helpful.
Well, little more difficult to sort out than I thought! My last purchase was for 2 custom made rims (different offset and width than normal), but had them powder coated and the shipping is in there, so? $376 for the pair, that's $188 each. But again, not sure how much was powder coat and how much was the rims.

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Old 11-21-2020, 09:41 AM   #19
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Don't recall the width between the beads, but at least of passing interest the early Jeeps were 5-1/2" bolt pattern with the large center hole as required for 4x4 hub clearance, however they lacked the nubs for hub caps as the hubs protruded too far. I had once purchased a set of (5) NOS rims as mentioned, at an Army surplus outlet. Anyone on the hunt might ck. the 4 wheel drive & surplus outlets.
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:56 AM   #20
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Another option would be the small Suzukis. I know my 95 Sidekick had 5 on 5 1/2" wheels similar to Jeep.

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