66 Fairlane Project
Ok here is the skinny on wheels and tires.  Just like Mike was suggesting in his post I started to second guessing myself on the height of the tire as well.  I fit them on the car and they looked perfect.  There was nothing about the tires that looked wrong. They gave the car a nice old school look and some character.  I was psyched with the decision on my purchase.  There were no clearance issues with the fenders, suspension or frame rails....perfect.   THEN, I jacked up the car to put the other wheel decided to give tire a spin and it didn't move.  I am like what is going on??  I took the tire off and measured the backspacing and it was 3.50 inches.  The backspacing on my steel rim is 4 inches.  The guy I bought them from said the backspacing was 4 inches.  Long story short, I was more concerned with the tires fitting than the wheels and in the end the wheel didn't fit.  The 3.5 backspacing was not enough for the disc brakes conversion I did. 

I was like great...this was a Craigslist purchase so I am out $280 plus my travel.  I decided to e-mail the guy I got them from and said hey all that concern about the tire size it ended up being the wheel that didn't fit.  Surprisingly he e-mail me immediately and said he did tell they were a 4 inch backspace and he would refund my money.  Phew...was I happy.  I already brought the tires back to him.
 
Oh well...live and learn.  I still think I will go with the same style but with the correct backspacing.
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Wow!  Glad to hear he will refund your money.  Now that you mention the backspacing, look at America Racing's website.  I might be wrong, but I don't think they offer an off-the-shelf Torque Thrust wheel with the back spacing you are looking for.  I don't know why and often when they fit they look odd simply because of the different backspacing.

Was the wheel jammed into the brake caliper or the upper control arm?  I only ask, because I haven't had a situation where a 15" wheel will not clear the stock disk brake calipers.  However, I have seen where a 15" or 14" wheel with the wrong backspacing will get jammed into the upper control arm near the ball joint. If they hit the upper control arm, was it possibly because the front hasn't yet settled down to the correct ride height? I could see that as a possible scenario. Plus, those aluminum wheels are thick compared to a steel wheel. That in itself could cause interference issues with the upper control arm.
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Yes that was a common problem when disc brakes first came out, we usually used 1/4 in "disc brake spacers" to give the clearance needed. We also sometimes had to grind the top edge of the caliper itself, especially with 14" wheels. Usually a 15 cleared even with the thicker aluminum wheels. Then you might have a banjo bolt, or caliper bolt rubbing, but not very often. That was the early days, you very seldom have those issues nowadays, unless of course you are working with old stuff!
 Don't give up now you'll get it it just may take a little more effort. (I haven't seen you give up yet) Good Luck

JTS
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Nice to know that you can still run in to people with a bit of good old fashioned character.

I don't know that I have ever seen a Fairlane with black out hood treatment.  Do you have any photos?
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(Yesterday, 02:09 PM)JTS71 Mach1 Wrote: Yes that was a common problem when disc brakes first came out, we usually used 1/4 in "disc brake spacers" to give the clearance needed. We also sometimes had to grind the top edge of the caliper itself, especially with 14" wheels. Usually a 15 cleared even with the thicker aluminum wheels. Then you might have a banjo bolt, or caliper bolt rubbing, but not very often. That was the early days, you very seldom have those issues nowadays, unless of course you are working with old stuff!
 Don't give up now you'll get it it just may take a little more effort. (I haven't seen you give up yet) Good Luck

JTS

I am sure it is just a backspace issue.  It is funny because the 14 inch Cragars that came with the car just so ever lightly scraped the caliper.  I was able to spin the tire freely but you could here it just touching the caliper.  As you mentioned I could have grinded the caliper to get the clearance but I did not want to use those rims.  But these Torq-Thrust wheels you couldn't even budge the tire.  I was really surprised.  I thought since it was a 15 inch wheel I would have no issues.  The Ford steel wheel has a 4 inch backspace and there are no clearance issues at all.
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(Yesterday, 02:13 PM)Steven Harris Wrote: Nice to know that you can still run in to people with a bit of good old fashioned character.

I don't know that I have ever seen a Fairlane with black out hood treatment.  Do you have any photos?

He was a genuine guy for sure. Actually, he has quite a car collection too.  If you get Hemmings Muscle Cars look at the December issue page 22.  There is an article headlined Ferocious Ford.  That is one of a few cool cars he owns.  I attached a picture of the car I took at his house.

In regards to a Fairlane with a black-out hood I have not seen one.  I might be a pioneer on this one!


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Learn something all the time.  I have never seen a 15" wheel contact a stock brake caliper.  New those wheels are in the $90 range.  I wonder if the todays Torque Thrust wheels have been revised to eliminate those issues.  If you still want a Torque Thrust wheel it might be worth a try.  Just buy them through Summit Racing or Jegs with a good return policy.
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