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Wheel Options for Mark 1 Stock Hubcaps

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:07 pm
by StockEsky
Hi all,

Being my first post, I'm a little green to this...

I am the owner of a mark 1 escort that been in the family since new. Aussie 1300XL model with auto, 1974 model.

Anyway, we've managed to keep the standard 12" wheels and hubcaps all this time. The wheel trims have fallen off, they never seemed to stay on the wheels that long...

I'm interested to know, does anybody know of an larger wheels that fit the hubcaps on them OK? I'm getting sick of paying $100 for terrible 12" tyres, and would like to upgrade the brakes in the future, but plan on keeping the appearance dead standard. I'm not terribly fussed if I have to change the stud pattern or hub diameter to do this, but obviously I'll take the easiest solution I can find. Even 13" wheels would be OK.

I was thinking that maybe something like TC cortina or XA falcon wheels might do the trick? I contacted ROH, hoping as they still make steel ford wheels in 14"x5", but their sales guy in NSW was useless.

Does anyone have any ideas?



PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:02 pm
by Chris Kitzen
I don't know about Aussie rims and hubcap types but the obvious bolt on choice would be 13's off a Mk2 Escort.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:38 pm
by Neville Bertwistle
Hi Dave,

Firsly welcome to the forum. Sounds like you have a solid base there for a nice street car.

As Chris has suggested, the first thing I'd do would be to look at the 13" steel wheels off any MK2 Escort. Don't forget also that Ford have kept the same stud pattern right from Anglia's onwards (4 x 108 PCD) so any MK1/MK2 Cortina steel wheel will fit too, and quite a few of those had hubcaps.

In MK2 Escorts, the Ghia's had quite nice steel wheels with and outer chrome dress rim (see Gary P's Escort he just bought in Member's Cars) which would dress up the little MK1 nicely.

Lets us know what you end up with.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:39 pm
by StockEsky

Thanks for the info. The car has quite a way to go - but as wheel availabilty will dictate brakes etc, I figured it was a good way to start the mods.

I'll have to see if I can hunt down some 13" Mark 2 wheels or anything from an early cortina - I know of smallfords in Sydney, any other sources in the Sydney/Illawarra area of Australia where I might be able to find something?

Alternatively, I'm happy to send a fairly poor condition hubcap (have a fair few spares) to someone that might be able to help me out. Anyone in the forums with a variety of wheels that may do the job?

I had a look at gary's wheels. Nice, but I don't think they will suit the car as well as the stock hubcaps will. If the wheels would take the hubcaps I'd happily paint them black,but you might consider that a waste!

If I make any progress I'll keep you all posted - have another project (car beginning with the evil H word) that is a higher priority at the moment.

Thanks Again,


PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:29 pm
by Darren W.
Hi Dave
Working on this problem myself at the moment. Putting a twincam together with original 13' steel rim a cap combination. Escort 12' cap won't fit Cortina 13' rim. Only a few millmetres difference, so slight modification is needed. but I'm wanting to check with a wheel modification place first before I modify. Escort and Cortina caps also have a slightly different outward appearence as well. I can post photo's if you like?
Hope this helps.
Cheers Darren

PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:23 pm
by Darren W.
This is what I want to achieve, but the dollars :shock: and it still not finished yet... ... 3ef94f8bc4

PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:02 pm
by StockEsky
Hi Darren, it has been a long while since I looked at this forum! Stacked my little Mark 1 last October and spent a long time finding parts at reasonable prices (picked up a half r00ted front end for $100) and welding new panels. Looks good from afar, but far from good at this point at time... needs final filling and paint to finish off the repair.

I managed to find mark 1 capri wheels and am using mark 2 cortina hubcaps. The wheels are narrower than I'd like, I might get them widened if finding decent tyres proves difficult. Realise the corty hubcaps are a tad different, but for what I'm trying to achieve, they'll do the job.

I'll let you know if I learn more about this combo.



PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:18 pm
by Darren W.
Hi Dave
Bummer about the stack, but good to here your getting the Mk1 back together again.

You just beat me with this one, as I've just discovered something myself two day ago. Aussie cars had locally sourced rims, so the early Cortina hubcaps your talking about are actually correct. As the scanned photos below show, which are from a genuine Ford Escort '70/'71 'illustrated parts catalogue 126C' that I scored a few months back, the Twin Cam was the only car with 13' rims, and has the Cortina hubcaps, whereas the van and other models in the catalogue have 12' rims and hubcaps. Hence why the 12' hubcap won't fit the 13' rim. Problem solved as far as I'm concerned.

I'll post some pictures of my newly widened steel rims in a few days if you like.

Re: Wheel Options for Mark 1 Stock Hubcaps

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:57 am
by jaycees
Hi Dave & Darren,

I've just come across this post while googling about looking for Lotus Cortina & Mk1 Twin Cam Escorts wheels offset,

Darren, I wish you were 100% right with your thoughts on the hub caps, it would make life very easy,

I bought a twin cam with those standard 13' rims (but it only had 3 on the car) with out the deep dish that we all like

and funny as it is, the 12" hubcaps fit.

I was recently trying to track a 4th one when I had an idea of buying the Mk1 Cortina or Mk2 and found the lugs that

the hubcap fit over would not take an Escort 12" so I saw this post and thought great idea but then I noticed in the image

you showed of the Escort TC ,it only had standard guards and the badge is in the wrong place, maybe Ford Printers were just being lazy,

I found this post of great help and has there been any other info brought to light since 2010

If anyone knows the offset for the deep dish rims we like ,that would be a great help,

thanks Jim