Lug nuts

ford
mustang

#1

I recently saw a 1st gen Ford Mustang '64 1/2 or '65. It was still original and had only four lug nuts per wheel. A fellow gearhead says they NEVER made Mustangs with only four lug nuts until the intro of the Mustang II. Please help me prove him wrong. I say that a select few were made that way because they were made on the Ford Falcon chassis. Thx.


#2

Quite posible; in the 60s every effort was made to cut cost on the small cars to make them competitive. The Mustang was a re-skinned Ford Falcon, a car which even had the gas tank (an open top pan)directly attached to the trunk floor without a TOP!


#3

When equipped with a 6 cylinder engine the 4 lug wheels were used. The V-8s had 5 lugs. And the Mustang was very much a Falcon clone.


#4

According to Tirerack they did indeed make 64 Mustangs with 4-lug patterns.


#5

Yes, some first generation Mustangs did have only 4 lug nuts per wheel. I had a student who worked for me who had a wheel come off a Mustang, fortunately while she was driving around town. It only had 4 lug nuts.

I owned a Ford Maverick Grabber at one time. It only had 4 lug nuts per wheel.


#6

I remember changing tires on many Mustangs of that vintage with only four lug nuts.


#7

Yes they came with 4 lugs. My cousin has an original 65’ Mustang in his garage with 4 lug wheels. It has a straight 6 engine. It’s currently undergoing a frame-off restoration and he is keeping the wheels original.


#8

The 6 cylinder cars probably came with 6:50X13 tires mounted on 4-lug wheels…The 6 cylinder models were very different than the V8 powered cars. Brakes, steering, front end parts, rear end parts completely different…


#9

What you need to watch out for are those Mustangs with 4 lug wheels and V8s. Those are conversions that were done on the cheap.