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    Ford steel wheel i.d

    36-39 Ford
    .The '36-39 Ford had the "wide five" bolt pattern, the actual bolt pattern is 5 on 10 1/4 and it is also easily identified by just looking at it. All the normal cars and pickups had 16x4's, but the ones that had the V8-60 engine had 16x3.5's. The hubcaps on these wheels are held on by clips. The 36-38 Lincolns and '39 Mercurys also had 16x4 wheels. A separate company, not Ford; converted Fords to 4-wheel drive and they put wide five wheels on their cars from 36-47. They were 16x5 and they didn't have the spokes around the bolt pattern. These wheels are fairly rare. Wide 5 wheels also came in 18 x 3.62 for high clearance needs.

    40-48 Ford and Mercury, 39-48 Lincoln

    39-40 Lincoln

    42-48 Lincoln
    The 40-48 Ford, 40 Merc, and 39-40 Lincoln were 16x4 and the bolt pattern was 5 on 5.5. The Ford and Mercury wheel hubcaps were held on by "nubs" that were on the inner part of the wheel and connected around the outside of the hubcap, this is called an inside "nub" hubcap. The Lincoln wheel hubcaps were held on by clips. In 1940 the Fords that came with V8-60s had 16x3.5 wheels. In 1941 Merc and Lincoln both had 16x5 wheels, Merc still had inside "nub" hubcaps and Lincoln still had clips. The 42-48 Mercury and Lincoln wheels were 15x5 and again Mercs had inside "nub" hubcaps and Lincolns had clips. Also a 18 X 3.62 wheel with the 5x51/2 bolt pattern was made for cars and light pickups, sometimes called milk truck wheels or divco wheels. They had a spoke look like a wide 5 but with only 8 wider spokes. They also used the stock 40 thru 48 hub caps These wheels could be had on 40 thru 48 fords cars and light trucks in the U S and thru 64' on pickups in Canada.

    49-56 Ford, 49-51 Lincoln and Mercury

    49-51 Mercury

    15" 49-56 Ford

    16" 49-52 Ford

    Normal 49-56 Ford wheels were 15x5 with a 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern. Their hubcaps were outside "nub", which means the "nubs" are on the inside of the hubcap and on the outside of the center of the wheel. The hubcap that these wheels took measured 10 1/8 accross the back. From 49-52 Ford offered a 16x4.5 as an option, same bolt pattern and hubcap. From 49-51 the 6-cylinder cars came with 15x4.5 and from 52-56 the station wagons had 15x5.5 wheels on them, both same bolt pattern and hubcap. The 49-51 Mercurys had 15x5.5 wheels with a 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern. The hubcaps were bigger than normal Ford hubcaps. I'm not exactly sure of what size the hubcaps are, but it's something like 11", but they are still outside "nub" caps. 49-51 Lincolns also had 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern, but were 15x6s. They also had wheel covers instead of hubcaps. They had little bumps on the rim to hold the wheel cover on.

    Ford Pickups

    49-64 Pickup

    65 and up Pickup
    Up until 1949 Ford pickups just used the same wheels as the cars, but when the ford cars moved to the 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern the pickups didn't. They stayed with 5 on 5.5. The wheels they used from 49-64 much like 40-48 in that they had inside "nub" hubcaps and 5 on 5.5 bolt. The early wheels were 15x5 and the later ones were 15x5.5, I'm not sure what year they switched over to the 5.5 width. In 1965 Ford trucks switched over to an outside "nub" wheel and kept that wheel up to the mid 80s.

    Taken from a post by "Wheelkid" that originaly appeared on the HAMB.

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    Ford steel wheel i.d

    39-40 Lincoln

    These particular wheels are now known to be an aftermarket one that, although looking like early '40s Lincoln wheels, and fitting the Lincoln hubcaps, were designed to bolt straight on to '28-'35 Ford wire wheel-type hubs. The wheel centre around the spindle is raised to seat on the five nubs found on the wire-wheel hubs, and enabled owners of the early cars to update their looks, and also allowed use of the probably easier to find around the war years, 16" tyres.

    The one in the picture is probably a Kelsey Hayes one, either 16" x 4" or 4-1/2", but similar ones may also have been made by other manufacturers.
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