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55/56 Ford Thunderbird Wheels and Sedan Wheels - differences?

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55/56 Ford Thunderbird Wheels and Sedan Wheels - differences?

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Daniel Jessup
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like the title says, does anyone know the differences between original 55/56 Ford Thunderbird wheels and 55/56 Ford Sedan Wheels? I picked up two 15" Tbird wheels (was told anyway - there is a "FoMoCo" and a "KH" stamped on them). The bolt pattern check out for sure.

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55 & 56 T Bird wheels are as you already know 15".
They are 5" from inside bead to outside bead.They used rivets to secure the inner wheel to the outer wheel.They also have 4 slots that appear between the center rim and the outer rim.
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Passenger car wheels and 6 passenger station wagon wheels are also 5" from bead to bead.
UNFORTUNATLY I dont know any other differences BUT can tell you that there are differences as the Bird wheels have a different part number than passenger car wheels.
Probably a differences in the wheel offset.

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Dan, the KH simply stands for Kelsey Hays, the Co. that made them.



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Kelsey Hays also made the Thunderbird bodies.
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Budd made the 55-57 T Bird bodys as well as the sheet metal parts for replacement.

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Woops, sorry Olds , your right, My bad.


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