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YellowRose
09-10-2015, 03:40 PM
This question was just sent to me. I am not sure I know the answer, but I think Tbird rims have always been black in color from the get go.. If anyone knows the answer, please post...

Aren't the 1960 stock TB wheels black in color ? When did the TB's start going to a black wheel ?

DKheld
09-10-2015, 04:33 PM
Ray - the red wheel question comes up often - I think because one of the major restoration books shows red wheels - don't recall which one.

Pretty sure all the factory brochures with pictures of Tbirds show black but the odd one could be out there - I don't have all the brochures :D.

I can say for sure that as of August 1960 the factory wheels were black because I have the original wheels for my car which was purchased new at the dealer by my Dad and Mom.

Eric

YellowRose
09-10-2015, 05:03 PM
Thanks, Eric. When I bought my '59 it also had black rims on it. I just checked the 1958-1960 OFS, and according to it, 1958-1960 OEM rims were black. I also get the impression from it, that this carried on into the 1961-1963 Bulletbirds.

Lance Harrington, of Tbirds Southwest tells me that 1955-1957 Tbird OEM rims were color coded to the same color as the body paint was...

In many of these pix with Babybirds with what appears to be OEM rims/wheel covers, you will see many of them with matching rims to the body paint.

https://www.google.com/search?q=1955-1957+Thunderbird+images&biw=1024&bih=673&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CB0QsARqFQoTCKT0v_PE7ccCFcLAgAodTpkCTg

jopizz
09-10-2015, 05:18 PM
Although some publicity photos showed white wheels I'm pretty sure all squarebird wheels were painted semi-gloss black.

John