(Above - Wheel options as shown in the '71 Mustang Sales
71 Mustang Wheel Options
Standard wheels/tires on the 429 Mach 1 were the 14x7
rims with hub caps and trim rings and F70's (E78's on the other models
with 429). With the optional F60-15 tires (standard wheel/tire combo on
the Boss 351), 15x7 steel rims with the hub caps/trim rings were standard,
with the Magnums available as yet another extra cost option. The 15x7 rims
are tough to come buy and were only otherwise available to my knowledge as
standard equipment on the '70 Boss 302 and '72 HO Mustang and '70-71
Torinos ordered with the optional F60-15's. F70-14's were a mandatory
extra cost option on 429 cars other than Mach 1.
Trim Rings and Hub Caps (top left) were standard on the
Mach 1 and Boss 351 only and came in both 14" and 15"versions. The 15"
version is shown below;
The optional sport caps (top center) also came in both
14" and 15" sizes. The Standard wheel covers (top right) came on most 71
Hardtops and Convertibles but not on Grande, Mach 1 and Boss 351.
Some 71 Hardtops and Convertibles also came standard with a smaller
10" cap that went in the middle of the rim, and the outer part of the
rim was exposed and painted body color like the white Jacky Jones 429 SCJ
Hardtop and red Hardtop shown below.
(Note: for 72/73 the Grande had it's own unique cap
that was completely different from the standard cap. The Grande cap had a
running horse in the center and fins all around it)
These are the 15" x 7" steel wheels available
as an option on the '71 429 Mustang that were used with the wheel covers
described above. They carried part number D0OZ-1007-A. A green paint ID
code was brushed or sprayed on the backside outer lip of the wheel. Krylon
6061 Forest Green is a good match.
Magnum 500 Wheels -
Original - vs- Reproduction
you tell an original from a reproduction Magnum 500 wheel? The
reproduction version has polished chrome spokes as shown in the two photos
at left above (note the photographer's reflection can be seen in the
spokes of the repro above). The originals had satin chrome spokes (meaning you
can't see your reflection in the originals). Also, the reproduction's
outer chrome rim is wrong. The originals had a 1" wide band in the
circular area where the valve stem goes, and the repro's have a thin
band there, like on a standard black rim. Note: Many catalogs show an
original wheel when they advertise the reproductions!) One other note
- on cars with Magnum 500's, the
outer face of the rear brake drums were
covered with black paint by the factory so the rusty drums couldn't be
seen through the slots in the wheel.
These are the center caps used on the Magnum 500 wheel.
There were two versions - a tall and a short. The short 5/8" high
caps (at left) were used from the start of the '71 model year until
4/2/71. Starting on 4/2/71, the caps changed to the taller 1" high
versions (at right).
Also note that the center hole diameter of the Magnums
changed coincident with this cap change. The short caps were used with the
early 2" hole Magnums and the tall caps were used with the later 2
1/8" center hole Magnums.
Magnum Lug Nuts
Also in 1971, short and tall lug nuts were used to
coincide with the two different height caps discussed at left. The
(C5ZZ-1012-B) short lug nuts (shown at left) were used from the start of
the '71 model year until 4/2/71. The taller (C4GY-1012-A) lug nuts (shown
at right) were used on Magnum 500 wheels after 4/2/71.
According to Bob Perkins, Both Goodyear Polyglas GT and Firestone
Wide ovals are considered concours correct by the MCA for the '71 Mustang,
although Firestone was the most common brand used. Photos of each are shown
This is the Goodyear F-60-15 available on the 71 429
The Firestone Wide Oval white letter tire was also an option.
Magnum Wheel Protection Shield
This is a
protection shield that came with every new
set of Magnum 500 rims. It was used to protect the black painted insets
from being scratched when the
lug nuts were wrenched on. Although this shield did not come with
the 71 Mustang from the factory, it makes a neat 71 trunk detail item
since it is a vintage piece and could have been carried by the owner to
protect his wheels should he have to change a flat. These protectors are
quite rare today and tend to go for alot of money when they show up
on E Bay.
Tire Pressure Decal
The '71 Mustang tire pressure decal is located on the
inside edge of the passenger side door. The part number shown on this
decal is D1ZA-1532-BD.