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#1225357 - Thu Jul 13 2017 08:13 PM Re: Got my Big Bolt! [Re: oldieoldie]  
oldieoldie  Offline
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Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 149
Ozark County, Missouri
I talked to the machine shop again and he wants me to cut the centers out of the 20 inch widow makers and he will weld a bushing on it to save money. My biggest problem with this whole thing is as a school teacher I don't have a lot of money to work with.


1954 Chevy custom 261CID, T-5 5 Speed.
1952 Chevy 6400 2 ton hydraulic flat bed.


#1225433 - Fri Jul 14 2017 04:36 AM Re: Got my Big Bolt! [Re: oldieoldie]  
Mike B  Offline
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Hughesville, MD
Have we confirmed you actually have the "Widowmaker" Firestone RH-5 rims? There are lots of multi piece rims out there that are still serviceable. Post a picture of your rims (outer rear will show us what you have).

I'll be using 1949 era 2-piece 20" rims on my '56 4400 project. They are the same bolt pattern as the RH-5's that are on the truck but they had a 4.75" center hole. So I had a friend turn the hole to 5.25" so they fit my hubs. The only reason I'm not using 22.5" rims is because I can't find heavy lug 8.25x22.5 Mud/Snow tires, but I can find them in 20".

Mike B smile


#1225443 - Fri Jul 14 2017 08:22 AM Re: Got my Big Bolt! [Re: oldieoldie]  
oldieoldie  Offline
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Ozark County, Missouri
Yes they are widow makers. Either Grigg or 2ton posted actual pictures for me a while back when I first asked the question and told me what to look for. That is what I have. Even so, No one around here wants to touch any kind of split rim because of insurance requirements. I found a local school that has a cage for changing them they will let me use, but I would have to do the work myself. That having been said, I will try to post a picture any way later today so that someone elses eyes are confirming what I thing I know.


1954 Chevy custom 261CID, T-5 5 Speed.
1952 Chevy 6400 2 ton hydraulic flat bed.

#1225447 - Fri Jul 14 2017 09:17 AM Re: Got my Big Bolt! [Re: oldieoldie]  
oldieoldie  Offline
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Ozark County, Missouri


1954 Chevy custom 261CID, T-5 5 Speed.
1952 Chevy 6400 2 ton hydraulic flat bed.

#1225525 - Fri Jul 14 2017 07:55 PM Re: Got my Big Bolt! [Re: oldieoldie]  
WE b OLD  Offline
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You also can get an alternator that looks like a generator. Pricey, Jegs.


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#1225541 - Fri Jul 14 2017 09:54 PM Re: Got my Big Bolt! [Re: oldieoldie]  
oldieoldie  Offline
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Ozark County, Missouri
We b OLD,

I guess I don't understand your comment.


1954 Chevy custom 261CID, T-5 5 Speed.
1952 Chevy 6400 2 ton hydraulic flat bed.

#1225559 - Fri Jul 14 2017 11:36 PM Re: Got my Big Bolt! [Re: oldieoldie]  
tclederman  Offline
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Jarvisburg, NC
I think WE b OLD is having a web-browser/platform problem?
He jumped here from another thread about 6v generator/alternators?


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#1225599 - Sat Jul 15 2017 02:47 AM Re: Got my Big Bolt! [Re: oldieoldie]  
Mike B  Offline
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Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 3,461
Hughesville, MD
Yes, you have the RH-5's sorry to say...

Look for a set of older 2-piece rims off of a late 40's truck. They can still be used and any big truck tire shop can service them for you. There are millions of 20" tires rolling on the roads every day...somebody out there works on them.

Mike B smile


#1226184 - Wed Jul 19 2017 12:37 AM Re: Got my Big Bolt! [Re: oldieoldie]  
oldieoldie  Offline
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Joined: Jun 2016
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Ozark County, Missouri
I looked for 20" anything that had the right bolt circle and couldn't find any. Then I looked for 22.5's with no luck that I could afford. I did find one set for $100 per wheel, no tires. I found some 19.5's with great tires for free, so they will have to do until I can find some good, decent priced 22.5's. I have a shop making adapters for the difference in hub size for me.


1954 Chevy custom 261CID, T-5 5 Speed.
1952 Chevy 6400 2 ton hydraulic flat bed.

#1226585 - Sat Jul 22 2017 02:09 AM Re: Got my Big Bolt! [Re: oldieoldie]  
oldieoldie  Offline
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Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 149
Ozark County, Missouri
How do you take apart RH-5 wheels? I am going to scrap them, but the tires are good and I am sure someone could use them.


1954 Chevy custom 261CID, T-5 5 Speed.
1952 Chevy 6400 2 ton hydraulic flat bed.

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