A classic wheel that helped launch the aftermarket-wheel industry is still going strong at Cragar [(480) 596-5483, www.cragar.com]. The Series 61 Cragar SS is a composite wheel with a chrome finish. A composite wheel is a mix of an aluminum center and a steel rim. The combination offers a great value and timeless styling. The SS wheel starts with a 13x5.5 size and goes up to 17x9. We found the 17x9 Cragar SS wheel for $249.69.
If you're looking for "big and littles" for your next classic Ford racer, it's hard to beat the new HR-2 wheels from Mickey Thompson [(330) 928-9092; www.mickeythompsontires.com]. The one-piece, rotary-forged aluminum wheels are CNC-machined and offer distinctive styling and a highly polished, mirror-like finish. Available in two styles, the modern HR-1 and the retro-style HR-2, we found the HR-2 front skinnies, sized 15x4, for $639 each, while the 18x15.5 rear wheel costs $1,231.95. These are the perfect wheels to complement the M/T Sportsman S/R radial.
The Eagle Has Landed
Eagle Wheels [(888) 449-4335; www.eaglewheels.com] is a leading distributor of American Eagle Wheels and has been in the wheel business for nine years. The company offers great selection and service. A great choice for your classic Ford vehicle would be this Series 211 Polished Five-Spoke wheel. It's competitively priced and is available in sizes ranging from 15x6 to 20x9.5.
Sprint For The Finish Line
The Halibrand [(620) 326-2111; www.halibrand.com] Sprint wheel has been a winner for more than 50 years. Few wheels better define the definition of classic than this one. It was made famous on Sprint cars from the '50s and '60s, and its understated design is one of the most copied in the industry. The Halibrand Sprint is available in sizes ranging from 14x6 to 16x11 in a wide variety of backspacing. A set of four 15x8 Sprint wheels costs $1,854.
New From Newstalgia
Newstalgia's [(800) 281-2819; www.newstalgia wheel.com] Custom Built American Racing Torq Thrust II wheels are available in 18 custom sizes and offsets and in diameters ranging from 15 to 20 inches. A fully polished Custom Built Torq Thrust wheel in a 17x8 size costs $272. Newstalgia offers a huge selection of wheels suitable for your classic Ford.
A great way to make your new wheels fit your project theme is to paint part of the wheel the body color. Some people paint the actual wheel spokes, while others add paint to the lettering in the center cap or even paint the lug nuts. Go wild and personalize it.
Going Old School
Oasis [(714) 635-0038; www.oasiswheels.com] Old School Wheels offer excellent quality and styling. This good-looking example is called the Rebel. It is available in either a polished or chrome finish, in sizes 17x7, 17x8, and 17x9.5. The 17x8 Rebel wheel costs $333.35 in the polished version, while the chrome wheel is $432.55.
Specialty Wheels [(503) 491-8848; www.specialty wheelsltd.org] now offers a new 17x8-inch version of the famous Magnum 500 wheel. Also available is the original 14x6-size wheel. No matter what kind of Ford you own, Specialty Wheels has the center caps you want as well as the correct lug nuts and trim rings.