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Favourite and least favourite Ford wheels or hubcaps through the decades.

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I've just realised I prefer steels on most old Fords.

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These were standard on Mk1 Mexicos and I haven't seen one on them for years, but they are my favourite Escort rims of EVAH! When I had Escorts I had a set of Lotus type 5 1/2j s that I swapped from car to car, eventually I left them on a 3.0 GXL Capri that they didn't suit.

Talking of Capris, I hate these early RS 4 spokes,they look so weedy. I don't know if they're the same as on the Supersport, which they suit . The 5 1/2 and 7" versions are among my faves though.

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Granadas, I could fill this forum with Granada wheel related shite, I'll try to restrain myself.

Mk1 sports wheel- ok. I. This case a late GL with chrome embellisher.

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In a genius move Ford used the same wheel on the Mk2, but,with a shaped plastic centre cap- perfect. Although I do get angry seeing the wrong centres on Mk 1 or 2s.post-17414-0-57961800-1446159736_thumb.jpg

 

Edited to add- look at these muthaflipperz !!! Banded Granny steels, I've got the horn for these- big time.post-17414-0-70351500-1446159818_thumb.jpg

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For me it's got to be a set of sporting hubcaps as found on the XR2/3s back in the day..post-9282-0-09370500-1446188334_thumb.jpegpost-9282-0-40031400-1446188353_thumb.jpeg

 

I don't mind the odd 4 spoke, pepper pot or cloverleaf but having them back then meant your car ended up with an early demise on bricks if you was lucky or burnt out on some field somewhere or it ended up being stripped out on some traveller site.

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Favourite alloy wheel: Mark 2 Granada TRX. Least favourite alloy wheel: Fiesta RS Turbo.

 

Favourite wheel trim: Mark 1 Orion GL. Least favourite trim: Mark 3 Fiesta 'Mistral' special edition.

 

Favourite steel wheel: Mark 3 Escort Base/L. Least favourite steel wheel: Any 'space-saver' spare on later models.

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Favourite alloy wheel: Mark 2 Granada TRX. Least favourite alloy wheel: Fiesta RS Turbo.

 

Favourite wheel trim: Mark 1 Orion GL. Least favourite trim: Mark 3 Fiesta 'Mistral' special edition.

 

Favourite steel wheel: Mark 3 Escort Base/L. Least favourite steel wheel: Any 'space-saver' spare on later models.

Fiesta turbo wheels looked good,but why did they cheapen them with fake "discs"?

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Hard for me to choose a favourite. Most of Fords wheels look great.

 

My Granada Ghia.

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Always liked these alloys.

 

And my Transit.

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I love these, old steels with a proper hub cap, and a shiny trim ring.

I'm actually missing one of the trim rings for this so if anyone has one...

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And here's the 4 spoke Laser alloys on my Capri. Next best thing to the proper RS 4 spoke.

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This should have the standard spec steels with black painted bits around the holes like those posted above. But they were rusty and beaten to hell so I stuck these Laser mk3 wheels on instead since I like them so much!

Most of these seem to have just a bare black plastic centre cap, but mine have silver with Ford badges on them. Don't know why there's a difference? Early/late production maybe?

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Cortina 80 Ghia alloys or GL steels with chrome rings all the way for me:

 

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Also early Ghia spec Mk3 Escort steels:

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1982 FORD ESCORT MK3 1597cc GHIA SPY510X by JOHN, on Flickr

 

And XR2 pepperpots:

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C970 AYY by Kevin Miller, on Flickr

 

 

But I'm also with Vulg on the Orion moons, and various people on the Granada steels, and I like the early Sierra flat trims.  

 

Ford really did know how to make wheels look good - at least they did until about 1985.

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Good thread!    My favourite has already been taken (the Corsair 2000E/Taunus/Zodiac Mk 4) although in fact there were, if I recall, colour variations on these.   Funnily enough I have just been poking around the junk shops in Brighton and nearly bought a Thunderbird turbine wheel trim just to hang on the wall.

 

 

  Anyhoo....I always loved the wheels on these as a kid because you could always tell what the home-built specials and trailers were made out of.......

 

 

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Ah, Mk2 Fiesta pepperpots, sigh. How I lusted after a set for my then new Mk2 Fiesta Pop Plus. I fitted the XR2 spotlights and the rear spoiler from the Mk1. It did look good. I also fitted a proper Ford centre console as mine didn't have one from new :)

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