View Full Version : Wheels Again

11-03-2010, 04:37 PM
I'm looking for a set of new steel wheels for a '64 Daytona. I've located some wheels that are listed as 15x6.5" with a 20mm or 3/4" positive offset. I calculate the backspace then as 4.5". I have used in the past on an Avanti a 15x6.5" wheel with 4.25" backspace and 205-75R15 tires. This was a good setup for the Avanti, but I'm pretty sure that 205-15's would be the limit. Has anyone used wheels having a 4.5" backspace on a Lark with 205-75 tires. I don't want to buy a wheel to find out it won't work. The wheels I'm considering are listed as X40739.

11-04-2010, 05:49 PM
Hi. In the U.S., your X40739 wheel number has been replaced by wheel #X42554. Have you checked to see that you can still get the X40739 new? Also, do you know if the stock Stude full wheel cover will fit on this wheels? I see these wheels were originally speced for 1994-2002 Ford Mustang. I'm not sure these wheels have the appearance of a stock steel wheel.....although you may not be looking for that look. John

11-04-2010, 09:23 PM
The wheels available are listed as X40739, but I'm suspicious that the offset shown is incorrect. I'll have one pulled so I can measure the backspace. The wheel appearance is not an issue as I'm using full disc covers.

11-05-2010, 11:08 AM
Please post the results of your work, when you get a chance. The new wheel vendor I use said the X49739 number was still in his product listing...but, when trying to check for stock, the computer indicated this wheel number had been replaced with X42554. Just out of curiosity, have you ever seen a photo of the X49739 wheel? John

11-05-2010, 03:39 PM
so...late 90's Mustang wheels are a "go" ?

11-05-2010, 06:15 PM
My wife's 1993 Mustang "Pony" 5 Spokes fit well on the '63 lark... but look terrible. Ford Ranger pickup wheels from the same period look good... all in the eye of the beholder of course...

11-06-2010, 12:13 PM
John, I won't get a chance 'till next week to check out those wheels, but will certainly report what I find.

11-06-2010, 02:35 PM
I was looking for standard wheels to accept Stude 15 inch wheel covers...

11-08-2010, 08:26 PM
Ford ranger 15" wheels work well for lark replacements. They are somewhere around 6" wide and will accomadate radial tires. The wheel covers fit but like to rotate while driving. Bending the hold on clips helps, but still may rotate. Since these wheels are designed for radial tires they will be much saver.


11-09-2010, 12:27 PM
I checked out the 40739 rims this morning and they are stamped X40739 and also "Made in China". They measured 5 3/8" for backspace for a 6.5" rim resulting in a positive offset of 1 5/8" or 41.3mm and not the 20mm listed. The wheel is a multi-hole type and has no nibs for full wheel disks. I prefer to use US or CDN made wheels if possible so I'm still looking.