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#456802 - Sun Sep 28 2008 09:58 PM Re: what late model wheels will fit a 8 lug 53 chevy [Re: 53flatbed]
53flatbed Offline
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Registered: Tue Jul 08 2008 09:57 PM
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Loc: Ridgeway, Virginia
i checked on 16.5 prices for tires and they are reallly high plus they will be 8-10 bi-ply rough ride, so i think the 16 inch would be better
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#456895 - Mon Sep 29 2008 08:16 AM Re: what late model wheels will fit a 8 lug 53 chevy [Re: 53flatbed]
Brad Allen Offline
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Registered: Mon Sep 18 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 3586
Loc: Salt Lake City, Utah
I purchased 1991 8-lug Chevy Suburban wheels in 16" for my truck be warned they will not clear the old style tie-rod ends (I have built my own pitman arm and modified my suspension to clear). In Salt Lake City there is a guy that deals in only used wheels and was really helpful in locating a matched set and in fitting applications. Don't know if you have that type of service available where you live but he was out near a large number of junkyards and knew wheels! He had also suggested and knew of the Dodge/Ford wheels that fit there just wasn't any available at the time I needed to get my truck moving. I think there is also a thread on the difficulty some people have had with the 16.5 applications sounds like in some areas they are difficult to find and expensive.
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#457097 - Mon Sep 29 2008 07:43 PM Re: what late model wheels will fit a 8 lug 53 chevy [Re: Brad Allen]
53flatbed Offline
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Registered: Tue Jul 08 2008 09:57 PM
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Loc: Ridgeway, Virginia
i found some 2000 dodge ram 2500 wheels with the following specs,
Lug Pattern - 8 on 6.5", 9/16" bolt
Rim Size - 16x6.5"
Offset - 4.75"
is the bolt size and offset ok?
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#457112 - Mon Sep 29 2008 08:09 PM Re: what late model wheels will fit a 8 lug 53 chevy [Re: 53flatbed]
Grigg Online
Registered: Tue May 10 2005 12:00 PM
Posts: 8696
Loc: Lexington, VA
Do you have one of your original wheels?
What do they measure?
How to they compare to the new wheels you are looking at?

Even with measuring it would be best to test fit the actual wheel before you commit to buy.

Grigg
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#457250 - Tue Sep 30 2008 07:59 AM Re: what late model wheels will fit a 8 lug 53 chevy [Re: Grigg]
Ghostrider Offline
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Registered: Fri Mar 12 2004 12:00 PM
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Loc: Binghamton, NY
It's not likely those 6.5" wide rims will fit without a spacer.
You need to get under the front of your truck with a tape measure to see what you've got to work with.

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#457741 - Wed Oct 01 2008 07:38 PM Re: what late model wheels will fit a 8 lug 53 chevy [Re: Ghostrider]
53flatbed Offline
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Registered: Tue Jul 08 2008 09:57 PM
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Loc: Ridgeway, Virginia
well you were right. the rear wheel fit okay, the front, the tie rod end is hitting, these are inset about 1" to much, I just need to get a pair of spacers or adapters., the wheels are gona look really good. i polished them and they look like new money.


Edited by 53flatbed (Fri Oct 03 2008 06:04 PM)
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#889339 - Sun Oct 14 2012 10:24 AM Re: what late model wheels will fit a 8 lug 53 chevy [Re: 53flatbed]
Greg & Ginger Offline
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Registered: Thu Oct 11 2012 03:34 PM
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Loc: Texas
I found 16x6 8 lug rims of a Dodge Van, just not sure of the offset. The listing was for 16x6, 8 lug, 6 1/2, what's the 6 1/2?
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#889342 - Sun Oct 14 2012 10:40 AM Re: what late model wheels will fit a 8 lug 53 chevy [Re: 53flatbed]
LONGBOX55 Offline
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Registered: Mon May 08 2006 12:00 PM
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Loc: DANVILLE IL
The 6 1/2 is the size of the bolt pattern.
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#889346 - Sun Oct 14 2012 10:59 AM Re: what late model wheels will fit a 8 lug 53 chevy [Re: 53flatbed]
DMGfifty Offline
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Registered: Wed Aug 24 2011 10:45 PM
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Loc: Oregon Coast
I went with new steel wheels. They are made by dexstar and even powder coated on BOTH sides. Less then $50 each. I thought that was a great deal. They are well made, balanced out great and made in USA!

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#889361 - Sun Oct 14 2012 12:18 PM Re: what late model wheels will fit a 8 lug 53 chevy [Re: 53flatbed]
JiMerit Boltr#43 Offline
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Registered: Thu Jan 27 2000 12:00 PM
Posts: 1994
Loc: olTruck(Turlock), CA
I've been through this ordeal with my 53, found lots of rims that bolted on but there were several issues that made this swap a bit complicated. I had a few modern 8 lug rims in the shop that would bolt on but only one had a large enough center that would allow my big 3/4 ton caps to fit and those were 16" off a Ford Econoline (these Ford rims have a really small Ford oval logo stamped on the rim hard to see). All makes seamed to hit the tie rod, then I learned that the 1 ton tie rod had modern ends and it's a bolt-on swap. A better fit but still needed to do a bit of grinding on this new end to make it clear the rim. Once the Fords were mounted and fitting fine I added aftermarket hub cap clips from Chevs of the 40s, holds the big caps just fine. Another problem when fitting the original caps is on the back where the large hub sticks out to far to let the caps fit, cured this with a spacer, moving the rim out just enough.
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