So Old Blue, my 3600 Stovebolt, came complete with four pretty badly worn tires on the
original split rims and all four original hub caps. Pretty common with most of these original
medium duty Stovebolts
Since I’m a 95% purist, I spent a couple days breaking down those darn split rims
took them to the sand blaster, painted them with some good PPG enamel and bought
four new bias ply’s, tubes and flaps and let the tire dealer mount and balance them for me.
The were used to the split rims because they did a lot of farm and truck business.
Well…..after that first year of tooth jarring startups because of the bias ply’s, I started my
search for some new rubber. New rubber meant the split rims had to go, so….I found some
’80 GM 16.5” rims and mounted up some new Cooper radial’s. What a world of difference
in the ride. Problem now was I couldn’t use my original hubcaps with these modern
Easy solution, I got clips from one of the vendors and along with some round stock
standoff’s I turned in the lathe and some 10-32 screws, I mounted the clips. They worked
great for almost 10 years, never lost a hub cap.
But…..I still felt the ride could be a little better and tires for the 16.5” rims were by now
getting pretty hard to find and were quite limited, besides, if I had a blowout it would be
a real pain in the ars finding a new 16.5” tire.
A search of the junk yards turned up four nice ‘96 Ford F-250 16” rims, which after blasting
and painting with Valspar (never do that again, took forever to cure), I went all in and put a
good set of Michelin radials on the old gal. Now she finally was riding nearly as nice as my
new Silverado. A new problem though…those original hub caps again. This time it twern’t
gonna be as easy. The land between the lug holes was tapered 14° on these Ford rims, so
I couldn’t just use a simple stand off like on the Chevy rims.
A couple of evenings at the drawing board and I came up with a 14° wedged standoff.
Got one mounted up today and I’ll finish them off tomorrow when my special screws get
So here’s the original ¾ ton hub caps mounted on late model tubeless rims.
Scroll thru a few pix of the wedges if you’re interested in using the idea for your
ride:http://www.pbase.com/dennygraham/image/167852800/large http://www.pbase.com/dennygraham/image/167852801/large http://www.pbase.com/dennygraham/image/167852802/large