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Wheels/tires for '40 Ford

I'm leaving the suspension on my '40 coupe alone for now, but want some bigger tires on the rear. What size tire have you used? Is there a common wider wheel that will work on the 5x5.5 pattern? Wanting to stay with steel. Thanks

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Check on later ford 4x4 to get a wider wheel..i think those are 7" wide..

www.car-part.com for a wrecking yard near you..A 255 or 275 r60 15 may be about right on that car..just have to do a bit of checking with a good tire shop that is willing to try a couple of different sizes to get the best fitment for what you have..

There are other sources of wheels as well..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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On my 40 Ford ( with the stock rearend ) ... I could only get a 15x6 rim under the coupe and still have the tire under the fender. The original transverse rear spring would rub the tire with anything larger. I had a 235x15x75 series tires on mine.

A homemade tool can help you determine the backspace you need on your rims.

You can BUY custom wheels with the 5 on 5.5 wheel pattern that look original ... from Rally America with the offsets and sizes you need ... for not a LOT of $$$

Go here http://www.rallyamerica.com/

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Thanks for the tips. Been through the tire/wheel fitment deal a number of times, but thought I'd see what others have done. Was hoping to fit a 275 on the rear, but it doesn't sound promissing. I'll get the car on the lift this weekend and see what's what. I would like to stay with steel, so I'll check out rallyamerica. Thanks again.
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