I realize this is an age old problem and I have googled until I am crosseyed.
I have a 1948 1-ton Chevy Panel that has been an off-road adventure truck since the 1950's. If you are interested in seeing more of the truck and period photos of the truck in Death Valley, they are here.
As mentioned in the title and my long truck history linked above, I am interested in changing from the 8-lug 17" split rims to a more modern 16" wheel.
I bought a set of 8-lug rims through craiglist and, of course, the rears fit fine but the fronts don't clear the tie rod ends. A common problem that I now know is common!
The original rims are positive offset, with an offset of 3 5/8". The new (used) wheels are 16" x 6.5" positive offset, with an offset of 4 5/8".
After visiting my local tires store, reading a lot of Stovebolt posts and general googling, I believe I have a plan and would like a sanity check.
Run my used 16" x 6.5" wheels on the back with LT 255/85 R16 tires.
Buy 3 new trailer 16" x 6" Dexstar trailer wheels for the front and spare using the same tires. The Dexstar wheels I am considering
It has a stated offset of +.5", which I take to mean, I would have a positive offset of approx. 3.5" which is nearly the same as the original 17" wheels.
1. is this a good/best approach?
2. I have read of tie rod end solutions on 1/2 ton trucks to get the needed clearance, is there an (easy) solution to use the 4 5/8" offset wheels on the front?
3. Is there another front/spare wheel choice that is preferred or recommended over the trailer wheel?
Thanks so much in advance!