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Mustanger
03/24/2005, 02:05 PM
I was wondering, what do you guys think are a good wheel combo for GTCS'?

'68 style steel wheels, '68 GT wheels, magnum 500's, Shelby 10 spoke rims, mustang wheel covers, Cragers, American Torque D's, 14", 15", etc.? ???

PFSlim
03/24/2005, 02:39 PM
In my opinon, I like the wheels that came on the car. Argent Style wheels. My second choice, if I did not want the factory look would be the shelby 10 spoke wheels.

Just my opinion.

Paul

Mustanglvr
03/24/2005, 02:48 PM
I totally agree. Rhonda

Mustanger
03/24/2005, 02:49 PM
... was there ever a chrome version of the GT style wheel? Was that in '68, or maybe in '69?

rvrtrash
03/24/2005, 03:01 PM
There was a chrome GT wheel, I have them on my car, which is in the gallery. I would go with either GT wheel first, then the Shelby 10 spoke, then the TorqThrust D's.
Steve

68gt390
03/24/2005, 03:10 PM
... was there ever a chrome version of the GT style wheel? Was that in '68, or maybe in '69?


n.i.d.steve is correct. There was a chrome version of the Styled Steel Wheel as well as the argent version. I have included a picture of the chrome wheels that are on my GT/CS. I actually like them better than the argent wheels which I have on my 68 GT coupe.

Don ;)

Mustanger
03/24/2005, 03:39 PM
Those chrome rims sure look nice, and I also like the Goodyear tires ... what size are those? Are you running the same or different size in the rear?

hcsstang
03/24/2005, 05:54 PM
I think that I'm right but in order to have the GT on the center piece it had to have a j code or larger motor .

390cs68rcode
03/24/2005, 06:02 PM
nope. mine is a c code and had/has the GT's caps

68gt390
03/24/2005, 07:24 PM
hcsstang is correct. "C" code cars were not true GT optioned cars and did not come with the GT center caps. You had to have at least a "J" code 302, 4V to be eligible for the GT suspension and dual tip exhaust. All true GT's were 4V with the exception being the 390 "X" code which because of the 390 engine package qualified for the GT suspension. If you check back throughout the posts on the site you will see we've had the discussion of what constitutes a true GT optioned car many times. The "C" code cars were all 2V cars. I have known many folks who add the GT items (GT center caps, dual tip exhaust & valance, GT pop open gas cap) to their cars. I've even seen many folks swap out the 2V manifold and replace it with a 4V manifold and forget about the 2V heads. Dumping a lot of raw fuel that doesn't get burned. It should be noted also that on the GT/CS the pop open gas cap came with the running horse emblem and not the GT pop open gas cap. I have heard though that a few GT optioned cars did make it out of San Jose with the incorrect pop open gas cap on them.

For Mustanger: The wheels are P215/70R 14. I'm running same size on the rear. There is a company (which I have a catalogue for) that makes these same rims in 15's. I plan on swapping out to those this summer sometime to get me a little more tire on the road to handle the power from the 390. I'll look for it and post the site address so you can see what they offer. The rims are very hard to tell apart from factory and they even come complete with the GT center caps. The factory 14's are only 7" rims and really don't allow for a very wide tire. I'm running L-60 mickey thompsons on my GT and that was the widest tire I could get on the factory rim.

Don ;)

68sunlitgold
03/24/2005, 08:08 PM
Don is correct on the GT engine size. The actually wheels that came with teh GT option where argent, but you could replace them for chrome if you desired, which many did. You could also order a non-GT car with chrome wheels, but as explained, they would have plain center caps. You could not order argent wheels with out the GT option.

Doug

Mustanger
03/25/2005, 07:34 AM
Quick question: I know the chrome rims look nice, I personally like them, but were they ever offered by Ford back in '68?

68gt390
03/25/2005, 11:20 AM
Yes. They were an option that could be ordered in 68. As a matter of fact, the Style Steel Wheels on my car are the originals. I had them rechromed.


Don ;D

007bluto
03/25/2005, 01:24 PM
Shelby 10 Spoke's with BFG GForce Tires, Look awsome!!!!!! ;D 8)

390cs68rcode
03/25/2005, 02:40 PM
nice color

Russ
03/27/2005, 09:38 AM
Here is a wheel/tire combo that is totally retro the wheels are original American Racing Equipped, 14 x 7, 1/2" positive offset, torque thrust wheels tire size 235/60 x 14.

I think this is a tough looking combo

The car is my newly restored 1968 GT Coupe

Russ

hookedtrout
03/27/2005, 09:49 AM
Come on Russ the anticipation is killing me! ;D

Hook

Russ
03/27/2005, 12:43 PM
Here is a side shot, Russ

hookedtrout
03/27/2005, 01:05 PM
Nice, I like the looks of the mag wheels on the muscle cars. Back when I was in High School you raised up the rear end, put on mag wheels and wide back tires and you was cool. 8)

Hook

Russ
03/27/2005, 01:30 PM
Hook, I'm not sure my Mustang is a muscle car, maybe just a 302 pony car. I wanted all four wheels and tires the same size, fashioned after the Trans-Am cars of the late '60's......for a more "road-race" appearance. I especially like the wider stance these wheels produce.
Russ

Andrew
03/27/2005, 03:35 PM
excellent choice of wheels, the tire size really fills up the wheel wells, nice choice of license plate as well

hookedtrout
03/27/2005, 06:15 PM
Hook, I'm not sure my Mustang is a muscle car, maybe just a 302 pony car.
Russ


Looks pretty tough to me! ;)

Hook

68gt390
03/27/2005, 08:58 PM
Russ;
Very nice looking car. I definitely like the color.
Sweeeeeeeeeet.

Don ;)

Mustanger
03/28/2005, 01:31 PM
Shelby 10 Spoke's with BFG GForce Tires, Look awsome!!!!!! ;D 8)


If you don't mind me asking, what size of GForce are you using? Also, I've seen the chrome Shelby center caps before, ... were they a stock or optional item? I think it's kinda cool that though the "CS" represents Carol Shelby, it can also be thought of as Cal Special ;)

007bluto
03/28/2005, 03:25 PM
The Shelby 10 spoke wheels were an option you could get, the CS center cap came with the rims. The wheels that I posted are Vintage Wheel Works V50's rim size 16x8 w/4-1/2" BS, You can buy the CS center caps from Cal mustang. The tires are 225 50 R16 BFG G-Force. Bluto

Mustanger
04/28/2005, 03:58 PM
I found a real cool website regarding 10-spoke wheels:

http://www.1968cobra.com/spokes.HTML

On another post, someone mentioned how one 10-spoke rim reproduction was more accurate than another due to the valve stem location. Well, per this website, it came in either location depending upon which version you have!
There's also other info regarding '68 Shelbys which can come in handy. Check it out 8)

68gt390
05/15/2005, 01:15 PM
For Mustanger: The wheels are P215/70R 14. I'm running same size on the rear. There is a company (which I have a catalogue for) that makes these same rims in 15's. I plan on swapping out to those this summer sometime to get me a little more tire on the road to handle the power from the 390. I'll look for it and post the site address so you can see what they offer. The rims are very hard to tell apart from factory and they even come complete with the GT center caps. The factory 14's are only 7" rims and really don't allow for a very wide tire. I'm running L-60 mickey thompsons on my GT and that was the widest tire I could get on the factory rim.

Don ;)




Finally found the catalogue for the above rims I spoke about. This is their site:

http://www.wheelvintiques.com/

They have some pretty neat rims they offer.

Don ;)