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Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1307154 Mon Apr 15 2019 03:16 AM
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"Different Strokes- - - - -etc." My tire guy back in the late 1980's wasn't worried, either. He needed a closed casket funeral because there was nothing left of his head above the eyebrows.
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The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

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Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1307177 Mon Apr 15 2019 01:49 PM
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Just had a short talk with an old school tire guy . He has no problem working on my rims. But says finding tires could be a problem. So I ask. 7.00 - 18 tires Astro 550 grip star is what is on the truck now. I’d be ok with other brands if needed. Is this size a hard one to find? If so what are my other options? Thanks

Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1307184 Mon Apr 15 2019 03:03 PM
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You might have a little problem finding rims, but the equivalent height tire to an 18" tube type is a 19.5" tubeless. A lot of the old bread trucks and other step-vans ran that tire, for some reason. That option also eliminates the problem with multi-piece rims. Tubeless tires need one-piece rims to seal the air properly without a tube.
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The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1307203 Mon Apr 15 2019 05:57 PM
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So then I assume a newer Chev 8 bolt rim won’t fit the bolt pattern? Or is it the back space

Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1307205 Mon Apr 15 2019 06:10 PM
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The 8 lug pattern is the same- - - -the problem is the diameter of the brake drums. Most drop-center tubeless rims won't clear the big drums, especially if it's got the 1-ton brakes. The 19.5" rims are big enough inside to clear the large diameter drums.
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1307207 Mon Apr 15 2019 06:30 PM
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I believe you can also have the center of your multi-piece rims cut out and welded into 19.5 rims. I am not sure how cost effective that is anymore though.

Like this
https://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthread...t-wheel-combo-for-duals.html#Post1301709

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Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1307230 Mon Apr 15 2019 11:51 PM
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19.5” 8 lug on 6.5” bolt circle dual wheels are still reasonably easy to find.
I have a set on my GMC, they fit nice and roll real nice.
Not all will fit though, some have the dish center that are more cone shape than rounded, the rounded kind should fit (and look better), not the cone shape.


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Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1307236 Tue Apr 16 2019 12:41 AM
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Ok so it looks like I will try and source 19.5 8 lug 6.5 . Or maybe some dodge 19.5. And start sawing them apart. Lots of good info. here. What vehicles ran the 19.5 8 - 6.5 rims ? Thanks

Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1307256 Tue Apr 16 2019 03:35 AM
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Just found 6 8-165.1 with 225-70r 19.5 rims with tires. Off a 2003 Chev 3500 . Is this what i’m Looking for? I believe the 165.1 is 6.5”. Will these fit over the drum brakes? Thanks

Re: Widow maker rims [Re: can216] #1307281 Tue Apr 16 2019 12:27 PM
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1951 GMC 250 in the Project Journals
1948 Chevrolet 6400 - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup
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"First, get a clear notion of what you desire to accomplish, and then in all probability you will succeed in doing it..." -Henry Maudslay-
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