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2002 Tbird - Kelsey Hayes Wire Rims as a Factory Option?

Discussion in '2002 - 2005 Ford Thunderbird' started by Spiderman, Sep 16, 2017.

  1. I’m in contract to buy a 2002 Tbird Vin 1FAHP60A52Y126049. It is advertised as having the “optional Kelsey Hayes wire rims”, photos attached. I don’t think this was a factory option, it might have been a dealer option – not sure. I have not seen new wire wheels under the “Kelsey Hayes” brand on the internet in recent history. The wheels look like Dayton Wire Wheels: http://daytonwirewheels.com/t-bird.php

    Can anyone shed light on if these wheels were produced by Kelsey Hayes as a factory option for the 2002 Tbird? tbird - 4.jpg tbird - 6.jpg
     

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  2. I was a Ford Dealer in 2002 and I can assure you these were NOT a factory option.
     
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  3. Huskerpete, thank you for your response. I will check to see if the owner or dealer has the stock wheels. I like the look of the wire wheels, but it would be nice to also have the stock wheels.
     
  4. I have an 8,000 mile '02 the same color blue. I think those wire wheels look nice on that car!
     
  5. IMHO the wire wheels on your upcoming purchase look mighty fine.
     
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  6. I love the blue exterior, 2 tone interior, wire rims, 10,119 miles on it, soft top boot, ... - I had to have this car. Will pay $23.5K on Monday. My wife & I are so excited - we tbird - 13.jpg can't wait to get it
     
  7. Thanks for your response. I love the color of your car
     
  8. tbird

    tbird Super Moderator Staff Member

    As @Huskerpete stated, those are aftermarket reproduction wheels like these 61-63 T-Bird Wheels below . @Quickdraw can probably tell more about the car based upon the VIN 1FAHP60A52Y126049n

    The car will look better with whitewall tires to finish off the look. The wheels are very expensive.

    kelseyHayswheels6copy.jpg
     
  9. Thanks, I do like the look of the whitewalls & will contact Quickdraw with the VIN
     
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  10. I was engineer at Kelsey Hayes when wire wheel were made as an option but only for the Roadster in the 60's. Also they did not look anything like your picture. They were 48 spoke with spokes crossed. They were only 14 inch dia. and would likely not fit over disk brakes. Bottomline-none were options in 2002.
     
  11. Thank you for the information.
     
  12. I think they look really good.
     
  13. Thanks. I'm thinking if I can find 4 original factory stock wheels I will buy them. I like the look of the wire wheels & will not take them off. Just want to have all the original parts.
     
  14. Thanks for the membership in the forum!
     

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