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Old 10-03-2007, 09:15 AM
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adapting old ford spoke wheels

I am building wheel adapters to install 16" ford wire wheels to a 9" ford mustang rear axle. The wires have a 5 1/2 bolt circle and the mustang has a 4 1/2. I think I have figured this out but thought I would ask for the wisdom of the group to prevent any mistakes.
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Instead of adapters ...
I have never seen a Ford axle shaft with the 4.5 bolt pattern on it from the factory ... that has enough area on it to redrill it to the 5.5 wheel pattern. Each stud would have to be moved out 1/2 of a inch.

You could buy a set of aftermarket axles ... with the 5.5 wheel pattern on them ... or find a set of Ford F-100 axles ( which has the 5.5 pattern ) and have them narrowed to fit your Mustang housing.

Another possibility is just buying a 1966 to mid 70's 9 inch series Bronco rear axle complete. They are about the same width as the Mustang rear and already have the 5.5 wheel pattern.
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Bolt pattern is just part of the issue. Even if you had the truck axles, the "drum" that is on the back of the spoked rims won't seat down on a modern drum. The adapters are about 1.25" thick and will space these wheels out another 2.5 inches total width of your track at least. Something to keep in mind depending on the width of the housing and the application.

I used a 9" from a 69 Ford truck in a 28 rpu. While I don't mind it being so wide, I can't very well put spokes on without it sticking out silly wide.
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Sel the wheels. When you run adapters like that you ask for trouble. They used to make them and they had a tendency to work loose. Not a good situation to be in. Either get redrilled axles or different wheels and be safe.

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Bolt pattern is just part of the issue. Even if you had the truck axles, the "drum" that is on the back of the spoked rims won't seat down on a modern drum. The adapters are about 1.25" thick and will space these wheels out another 2.5 inches total width of your track at least. Something to keep in mind depending on the width of the housing and the application.

I used a 9" from a 69 Ford truck in a 28 rpu. While I don't mind it being so wide, I can't very well put spokes on without it sticking out silly wide.
frank,
thanks for your imput. i was misinformed about the bolt spacing on my axles but i do of course have to have longer studs to bolt the wheels on with spacers. the extra width will be taken up by the overhang of the cheater slicks. thanks again
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I always ran 5 on 4 3/4, on my old race car, but ran a 9" Ford rear, which always seemed to be 5 on 5 pattern. To keep costs down we would re-drill the axle, but we always had to fill in the large hole (I assume is to make taking out the 4 backing plate bolts out easier) by welding it. I never did have a problem doing this, and I have done it numerous times. But it was a circle track car, not a street car. So I don't know if it would be a good idea or not in your situation. Just a idea


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