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Lex, I went to 15 inch rims to solve that problem. I thought the instruction article mentioned that but I could be wrong.

Anyway, glad to hear it's going well!

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Hi Dave
I had read on previous threads that 15" rims would solve the problem & that was my next option if I couldn't find 14" rims to suit. The other reason was from a cost point. The tyres I have are almost new so being able to fit them to the new rims was a huge cost saving.
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You must be a member of a very exclusive club-disc brake conversion with 14" rims. I wonder if there are any more out there?
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Rick, are you serious? How many junk yards have you called or visited?? How bad do you want 14" wheels? You live in a great area with resources all around. If you can't find used rims, you can order them NEW! I found a set in Dearborn.

Guys like Lex have very few resources by comparison but they seem to persevere & get what they need.

Just two years ago, Ray Clark visited his bone yard and came away with a few sets (five in a set) of 14" wheels. Not only is he using his but he sent a set to Niagara Falls for Howard Prout's '60. They're beautifully blasted and powder coated. Howard wants to keep his power disk brake SB looking stock with original hub caps so 15" wouldn't do. - Dave
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You must be a member of a very exclusive club-disc brake conversion with 14" rims. I wonder if there are any more out there?
As Simplyconnected (aka Dave Dare) said, Ray pulled a set of three for me - I think from mid 70s Granadas. The issue is that the rims must be disk brake compatible. Dave has a picture of me measuring the recess on one of my rims. The clearance is minimal but they work. I tested one of my rims on Dave's converted 1959 Galaxie before starting my conversion.
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As Simplyconnected (Dave Dare) stated, the resources for 14" disc brake Ford wheels are much more readily available in the U.S.A.
I was sent the following list of 14" steel rims that would suit this conversion but they are almost all U.S. cars & not necessarily available in Australia.

Here is the list of rims that I am told will work well on a Squarebird.
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> Any 1977-1979 rim from the Lincoln Versailles, Ford LTD II, Torino, or Ranchero.
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> 1975-1980 Ford Granada.
> 1972-1979 Torino, or Ranchero.
> 1971-1973 Mustang.
> 1971-1973 Cougar.
> 1977-1979 Cougar.
> 1975-1980 Monarch.
> 1977-1979 Tbird.
> 1998 Ford Ranger.
> 1974 and up Maverick.
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> Earlier 70s Torino or Ranchero with 14 rims might also work.
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> Any Ford 1969-1987 14 disk brake rim.

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What Lex said was that he already had tires, "The other reason was from a cost point. The tyres I have are almost new so being able to fit them to the new rims was a huge cost saving."
It wasn't so much that he couldn't find any 15's.

BTW, I have my old 14's if anyone needs some.

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What I meant was are there many successful conversions with 14" rims out there. I was going from the premise that doing it with 14s just didn't work. I was wondering if the membership of the "club" was just one member.
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Looks like I haven't really been paying attention.
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Oh, it's real, alright... most disk brake conversions won't work with 14" wheels (like Wilwood and many others), so in light of that you're right.

Chrysler Corp. cars also share 14" wheels that will fit our disk brakes as well. I think Dart, Demon, and other intermediate cars qualify. I guess you need a Hollander book or two, then TRY them. - Dave
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