Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
January 1, 2008

We appreciate the latest technology, larger wheels, big brakes, and more that are available for restomodding our classic Fords. From fuel injection to IRS to power windows/locks, our wish list grows with every new-product announcement and forum post. With every car show or cruise night we attend, our desire to improve our rides is solidified.

But what about those who must build their cars on a beans-and-franks budget? As much as we'd all love to have a big stroker engine with fuel injection, killer brakes and suspension, and a custom interior, sometimes settling for a lesser product is necessary. This is never as true as when choosing wheels for our classic Fords. A killer set of 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels would be great, but what if you could easily dress up a readily available set of Ford steel wheels? Well, now you can, thanks to the reproduction of an original Ford dealer accessory by Scott Drake

The '68-'69 Ford Styled Steel wheels were used on thousands of Fords and Mercurys during those two model years. From the Mustang Sprint and GT packages to Torinos and Cyclones, these 12-slot steel wheels were mainly argent-painted (some models had a reflective stripe option and the wheels used reflective paint to match).

Ford offered a metal insert that attached to each of the 12 slots for the wheel. Scott Drake has reproduced this rare and interesting dealer accessory in chrome ABS plastic (mainly to keep prices down) for your Ford/Mercury Styled Steel wheel.

Check out the simple installation to see how easy it is to dress up your wheels without breaking your budget.

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