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Any Ideas What Wheels These Are

Hello, I am trying to find out what kind of wheels I have on my car. They are 14" and a couple people know have said that they are rare? Not that I believe that necessarily, but I would like to find out what kind they are as I am thinking of selling them. Thanks in advance! :-)

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Looks like a set of US Indy wheels like the ones that were on our '66 GT back in 1982. There should be a chromed plastic, bullet-shaped cap covering the center which attached using screws in those 5 holes visible in your photo. Rare is a relative term. They weren't rare 40 years ago. I sold the set of 4 with caps for $200 about 10 years ago.

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I agree with Ivy66... US Mags...but I'm betting that those (from the dull sheen look) are from that cars ear (ie not the 70's when aluminum was the "new" material....I'm betting those could very well be magnesium..... and now a days, whether it's mag or aluminum, in SoCal, they are "real Vintage" and people are paying good money for them...especially if they are magnesium.

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Not rare "in the day" , could be now since so many were recycled. Ansen Engineering was the first to offer this altered copy of a Halibrand mag wheel. Others like US, ET , Shelby , Rocket , Apilance , Western and others made them by the millions. You could buy them for as little as 29.95 at one local speed shop chain. Some have a logo or name on the back side of the wheel , some don't and some were made in Japan.
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In Australia we used to call them Jellybean mags.
Very popular in the late 70's and early 80's.

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There were a slew of companies that made slotted wheels, look on the inner side or remove the tire and inspect for a name. You may get lucky. If they are actual magnesium, then they are rare.

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Ok so I checked on the back of the wheel and they are Indy Mags. Any ideas on what I could ask for them?
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The ones I once owned were a dull finish aluminum with US Indy somewhere on the back side. When they were made or went on the car is unknown except that both were before I bought the car in 1982. The prior owner had bought the car from a used car lot in CA years before that so even he might not have known. All I know is that the guy I bought it from did not have the original wheels so I swapped them onto my Cougar parts car which I drove for 7 years before selling.
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Five oval alloys. My 75 Gran Torino had those stock on it.
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Thank you all for the help so far! My next question is if I go to 15 inch tires (these https://www.cjponyparts.com/legendar...1973/p/W997-V/) am I looking at a drastic change in the speedometer reading? I know my current tires are 14" but not sure how wide.
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Width of the tire has little to do with it. Its outer diameter that affects your speedo.

Original tires were the modern equivalent of 195/75x14.
Outer diameter = 14 + 2*195*0.75/25.4 = 25.5"

Using a 15" wheel and 205/70x15 the outer diameter is 3% larger
= 15 + 2*205*0.70/25.4 = 26.3"

Using a 15" wheel and 205/65x15 the outer diameter is nearly identical
= 15 + 2*205*0.65/25.4 = 25.5"

For 205/70x15 an indicated 60 MPH would actually be 60*1.03 = 62
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First your speedometer is probably wrong anyway they are notorious for being 5-10 miles off even when new. The height of your tires isnt really an issue. Its the width that will give you fits. Especially the front tires if too wide or the wrong offset they can hit the fender at full turn. Have a friends stand on the front bumper after you turn the steering all the way to the lock. see how close the inside edge of the tire is to the fender? Not a lot of room. In the rear the wheel house goes up a ways allowing for taller tires. but again under full compression of the spring (like coming over a bump) the inner edge of the quarter panel comes very close to the tire.

Others here on the site have played with various offsets and tire sizes to get about the max width with out rubbing just do a search in this forum some reason 230/70 r 14 sticks out sabot the widest on stock rims

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I have owned about 6 of these cars in factory stock form and none of them had a speedo off by 5 MPH.
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Ok so I checked on the back of the wheel and they are Indy Mags. Any ideas on what I could ask for them?
Indy was one of the company's that have been gone for years now....they were a very good quality mfg!!!!! IIRR, Indy did not build the wheels out of mag...IIRR they were all aluminum..... but, especially if you have the center caps......yeah, you can get some $ for them....I you do a search for classic wheel parts there is a website that specializes in those items....the caps I have seen priced at $50 each or even higher depending on condition....guys who are looking for those specific vintage era wheels will be interested...it just may take a bit of time to sell.

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I agree. The fellow who bought my set was looking specifically for wheels of that era. I don't remember what he was building but it wasn't a Mustang. My neighbor was a friend of his and knew my wheels were for sale. Otherwise, I might still have a For Sale sign on them.

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