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Old 06-19-2003, 11:29 AM
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Wheel Confusion

I'm getting ready to look for wheels for my street rod ('33 Ford).

It has Mustang II front spindle hubs with a diameter of 2.77" (70 mm) and disc brakes. It has an 8" ford rear with a axle stub diameter of 2.42" (60 mm) and disc brakes.

With two different size hubs to contend with what is the best solution? I can think of a few things but don't know if they can be done or if the parts exist.

1. Buy wheels with two different hub holes to match mine; but could I get the same wheel style?

2. Order the wheels to fit the front hub and use a wheel centering ring on the rear to take up the slack. Does such a thing exist for wheels - my disc brake supplier for the rear provided ones for the rear rotors.

Maybe I should contact ECI and see if they will let me have a couple of rings, but if there is a better way to solve the problem I would appreciate knowing. The ECI rings are steel and will surely rust.

How about not worring about it and let the wheel studs/lug nuts hold the rear wheels in place?

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Old 06-19-2003, 04:54 PM
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Many mags center on the lug nuts. The mags on my Willys do. I put some starburst TransAm mags on my '36 Pontiac and they definitely were designed to center on the hub so I had some aluminum inserts made to press fit into the wheels and slide snuggly over the hubs. Both my front and rear hubs are the same size so it was easy. You can see both cars on my photo album.

You just need to do some homework and mix and match as necessary to do the job.
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Old 06-19-2003, 05:22 PM
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lots of companies today make the center hole a bit larger, so there shouldnt be a problem. I know on the Vette type ralley wheels I have are multi-lug & the hole will fit anything w/those 2 lug patterns...joe
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