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65coupei6
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posted 08-09-2001 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65coupei6   Click Here to Email 65coupei6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While up at the Hot August Nights show I saw a couple of 65's with new chrome late 80's or 90's rims. I thought they were a different bolt pattern. How would you put them on? Do you have to drill them out?

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Fastback68
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posted 08-09-2001 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you talking late '80s or '90s MUSTANG rims? If not, there's quite a lot out there with the same bolt pattern. I have quite a collection of classic '60s rims, and yet I choose to use the most beautiful of all which came off a ... wait for it ... Nissan Patrol!!!
EDIT: I just looked at a Patrol today and they're six lug Lord knows where my bootiful rims came from then!

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The Iceman
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posted 08-10-2001 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Iceman   Click Here to Email The Iceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
65coupeI6, do you mean adapting the Fox-body 4-lug wheels to a classic?
If so, I have the very same question, the GT Turbines (i want so BADLY on my '65!!!) are sooooooooooo close to fitting, however two of the bolt holes are off by just like 1/4" if that
I too am wondering is it possible and safe to just bore out those two holes JUST enough so that I can fit the wheel onto the hub and obviously then be able to put lugs on??????
(please say yes! pleeeeeeeeeeeease say yes! haha)
have a good one
Note: the questions i just asked are not intended for 65coupei6 since i think him and i have the same question

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bluestreek
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posted 08-13-2001 01:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been checking around and it seems that the '94-2001 Mustangs have the same 5-lug bolt pattern but with 1 in. more backspacing..The backspacing may cause problems in the front.. An aluminum spacer can be used to make it stand out.. You can also purchase custom adapters to make just about any other lug pattern work..
My son has a Nissan 300ZX and I found out that his wheels will also fit my '66 Mustang.
So, There are some Nissan wheels that fit too!

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SnakeEyes
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posted 08-13-2001 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SnakeEyes   Click Here to Email SnakeEyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try one of the rim and tire shops. I don't know how much they would charge but its worth a try. As for messing with the rim your self meaning opening up that hole I wouldn't. Think about it your life and car is ridding on that rim. Just my opinion
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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-13-2001 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SnakeEyes:
As for messing with the rim your self meaning opening up that hole I wouldn't. Think about it your life and car is ridding on that rim.

I agree, that's nothing to fool with.

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TomP
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posted 08-13-2001 09:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dan

You can't just bore two holes, all of them are off... they are also tapered seats for the nuts, they could be slotted on a milling machine like an old unilug mag, but why... the Turbine rims are ...

...if ya want ugly rims, look at Toyota and Nissan stock aluminum 4 lug wheels, they will fit with only a minor oversize drilling of the lug holes to fit over the Ford 1/2" studs.

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TomP
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posted 08-13-2001 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By the way... best way is to get the axles and front hubs and brake drums re-drilled at a machine shop to the 4 on 4 1/4" late model bolt pattern...then any stock 80's rims will bolt on.

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TomP
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posted 08-13-2001 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i thought about it some more...yes its possible to modify the rims.

Not with your hand drill...find a machine shop with a milling machine.

Drill the lug holes offset to 11/16" diameter on a 4 1/2" bolt circle, that is the holes are 2 1/4" from center rather than the 2 1/8" the rims are now.(4 1/4 bolt circle 79-93 Mustang)

Spotface the front face of the rim around the hole to make a flat surface for the mag nut washer, use "Mag" style shanked lug nuts of the correct depth with washers.

This will work and be safe as long as the rims have enough material for drilling 11/16" lug holes... i imagine they all do.

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