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New member 1969 Mach 1 - cklkk - 09-03-2018


I bought the car when I was about 17 and it was in bad shape except for the engine (428CJ).  It was the second car that I did body work on and painted so it was OK but for a 17 year old it was fun to drive.  I started to actually restore it in the 90s but the girls came along and other projects like work got in the way and it sat until about 4 years ago.

Now it is almost finished and we are looking at some of the details.  I am not a purist so hopefully that does not upset too many people.  I am fixing it up to drive and upgrading brakes and other equipment.  I am down to picking wheels and am having trouble finding wheel tire combination that I like.  As best I can tell from reading articles and searching the Internet 245/45R17 is very popular so I bought one and put it on an 8"/4.5 backset wheel and it looks way too small.  After measuring it looks like 245/45R18 would work on the front and 255/45R18 would work on the back.  What do you like on your cars?

RE: New member 1969 Mach 1 - Steven Harris - 09-03-2018


I like your history with the car.

We have quite a few vocal 69 owners who will be a great source of help and information.  They will be along shortly.

Please keep us posted with your decisions and updates.

RE: New member 1969 Mach 1 - Mustangmike - 09-03-2018

Welcome to the site!  I like the car and your far.  I am not a purist either and modifications from stock for performance and safety purposes are cool with me.  BUT, I have to admit I am not a big fan of 18 inch rims on a classic Mustang.  Can I talk you out it?  All kidding aside, its your car you can do what you like. If it were mine I wouldn't choose those tire and rim sizes.  I am looking forward to seeing more pictures and this time don't let the girls get in the way!   When I was in my teenager in the 80's I sold my guitar so I could get a car.  The girls back then liked guys with fast muscle cars!

Almost forgot, whose the 66 Mustang Fastback belong too?

RE: New member 1969 Mach 1 - cklkk - 09-03-2018

I am concerned about the 18s.  The 17s have the same outer diameter as the stock 70/14 tires but they look way too small for the wheel well.  What I would like are 55/17 but am having trouble finding them anywhere at a reasonable price and not being truck or low speed tires.

RE: New member 1969 Mach 1 - Mach1FatherFigure - 09-10-2018

My personal take on wheels/tyres is the largest option for the year, on year appropriate rims.

The 'look' of a 60's - 70's car resting on 2015+ rims fitted with tyres that loot like they were painted on just does not do it for me.

I do envy your painting skills, though.