Wheels + Tyres for 64 Comet Caliente

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Samppafin
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Wheels + Tyres for 64 Comet Caliente

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Hi,

It's time to refresh my 64' Comet Caliente Convertible and I am now looking for right size wheels + tyres. Any suggestion?

I guess 14x7 or 14x6 is right size?

https://www.usparts.fi/renkaat-vanteet/ ... 54-4712044

Wheel Vintiques Magnum 500, 14X7", 5X4,5", BS 4,25",
Offset/ET: 10
Mercury Comet Caliente 289 V8 - 1964

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Re: Wheels + Tyres for 64 Comet Caliente

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Sam,
When I got the 65 it had the same wheels your specing out. I like them, being somewhat period correct for these cars. My biggest problem was the tire size. I have stretched the limits front and back on the tires ending up with smaller 60 series on the front, but had to use a spacer plate to move the fronts out away from the ball joint. The guys on here provided great information on tire sizing.
Regards,
Chris and Cheryl
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Re: Wheels + Tyres for 64 Comet Caliente

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If you have any designs on upgrading to front disc brakes in the future, you're better off going with 15" wheels. Tire availability is better with 15" than with 14", too.

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Re: Wheels + Tyres for 64 Comet Caliente

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Thanks, now there is 14" wheels and 195/75 r14 tyres. The car is classified into Finnish museum car register which have restrictions of being original but also free of taxes. I cannot modify those brakes for example.

The most unclear is about Offset for 14" and also the width of wheel (6 or 7")
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I have these on my 63. They were used on 64 Falcons and 65 Mustangs and are period correct.

https://www.kentuckymustang.com/wheel-s ... drake.html

I use these with a 205/60R15 tire and the circumference is almost exact as the original, so no speedometer issues.

https://www.amazon.com/GOODRICH-Radial- ... c8561e462e

You'll also need center caps
https://www.amazon.com/Mercury-Backgrou ... B08T6M369P

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