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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-11-2019, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Styled Steel Wheels?

Hi Everyone,
Can anyone tell me how to distinguish original factory Styled Steel wheels from aftermarket? Are there stampings or other markings I should look for?

I am converting my 66 from front drum to disc brakes. As many of you know, it requires 15” wheels. That means I have a set of 4 14” Styled Steel Wheels w/Bridgestone Radial T/A P205/70/R14 tires to sell.

Picture of car with the wheels I’m referring to attached. Thanks in advance for any help.

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I don't know if you've already bought a brake kit but the original style Kelsey/Hayes discs will work with 14 inch rims so you would be able to use your styled steel wheels if you're partial to them.
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Thanks for your quick response. Before I bought the larger wheels/tires I did some research and also talked with CJ Pony Parts. While the kit I bought (SSBC A120) is allegedly made from the Kelsey Hayes specs, it only works with the Styled Wheels that came on a disc brake car. Seems there is a different clearance on the wheels they used on factory disc cars. Not sure if this is true, but the dude seemed to know his stuff.
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Original wheels have the center riveted to the rim. Repros are welded.
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If the kit is made to original specs, it will work with 14” wheels.
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I thought orig Style Steel wheels only ones that had a chrome "beauty" trim rings. Aftermarket ones are a one piece full chrome wheel, like mine.

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I'm running that SSBC brake kit with 14's. No problem.
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Cancel the CJPP brake kit and buy from Chocko.
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I thought orig Style Steel wheels only ones that had a chrome "beauty" trim rings. Aftermarket ones are a one piece full chrome wheel, like mine.
Nope. 65 was all chrome, 66 & 67 had trim rings.
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I thought orig Style Steel wheels only ones that had a chrome "beauty" trim rings. Aftermarket ones are a one piece full chrome wheel, like mine.

you need to do some more thinking. reread post #4. there's you correct answer. federal law requires wheels to be welded nowadays. 65 ss wheels were all chrome. 66 had the trim ring. 65 ss wheels were used several months into 66 production.
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I just restored a set of 5 (one for spare) original 66 Styled Steel wheels and they worked with my Kelsey Hayes calipers and a mixture of Ford (what I could get) and SSBC parts. The only rub I had was the crossover line on the driver side, but a little manipulation and it was perfect. I LOVE them and I've gotten lots of compliments. I am even running a 225 wide tire with no rub, but it's close to the end of the upper control arm.
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I like the trim ring, it makes the wheel look deeper.
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Just to add one more confirmation to what others in this thread have already said. My car came equipped from Ford with disc brakes and 14" styled steel wheels. I'm still running the original wheels (riveted center section and trim rings) and the Kelsey Hayes disc brakes. No clearance problems.
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I installed the SSBC disc on the front. My stock 14" 5 lug Ford wheel cleared the caliper.
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