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Re: 17" split ring wheel replacements?
lbpa18 #1323822 Wed Aug 28 2019 05:03 AM
Joined: Jul 2014
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Wheel report --
I just last week took delivery from fleabay a pair of 16x6 - 0 offset aluminum wheels listed as trailer wheels. They have 10 cooling holes. I believe you can also get steel wheels of the same description but probably not with hubcap clips. I had been using 16x7 aluminum wheels with a 0 offset and no holes. The 6 inch wheels effectively move the center-line of the tire 1/2 inch closer to the kingpin. It drives so much better I can't believe I put up with it the old way as long as I did. I had the same tires mounted on 8 inch rims and it was almost un-drivable at highway speeds. I only made one 200 mile trip with it like that before putting the 7 inch wheels and tires back on but the 6 inch wheels are the ticket. The original 5 in. wheels have a 7/16 offset as compared with the new wheels 0 in. offset. That apparently gave center point steering. Zero offset is just fine. Negative 1/2 inch is somewhat tolerable and negative 1 in. is probably dangerous once you get tired or get surprised by ruts in the road.


51 3800 PU, 55 235 (w/cam, headers, 2 carbs, MSD ign.), SM420 & Brown-Lipe 6231A 3spd aux. trans, stock axles & brakes. Owned since 1971.
Re: 17" split ring wheel replacements?
lbpa18 #1323949 Thu Aug 29 2019 04:12 AM
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I'm using 16" Dexstar trailer wheels that I bought from etrailer. Nice black powder coated finish. Was pretty hard to find period correct looking radial tires so I settled for bias plies. Does anyone have a picture of a 3/4 or 1 ton with 19.5 wheels? kind of curious now.

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Re: 17" split ring wheel replacements?
lbpa18 #1323977 Thu Aug 29 2019 12:18 PM
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Posts: 9,146
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Here's what I can find of mine with 8R19.5 traction tires. If you choose a straight tread 8R19.5 at least for the front they look even more original.

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1951 GMC 250 in the Project Journals [stovebolt.com]
1948 Chevrolet 6400 [stovebolt.com] - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup [stovebolt.com]
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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-
Re: 17" split ring wheel replacements?
lbpa18 #1324242 Sat Aug 31 2019 12:19 AM
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Those look real good, Grigg. Just right on that truck. Is that a dump box? I'm prepared to be envious.


51 3800 PU, 55 235 (w/cam, headers, 2 carbs, MSD ign.), SM420 & Brown-Lipe 6231A 3spd aux. trans, stock axles & brakes. Owned since 1971.
Re: 17" split ring wheel replacements?
lbpa18 #1324258 Sat Aug 31 2019 02:31 AM
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Posts: 9,146
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Thanks,
It is not a dump bed.
I'm slowly in the process of converting to a pickup bed, the first step was swapping the dual wheels and the front hubs out for singles. Sell the bed next (already in swap meet section) and finally restore a 9' pickup bed I already have.

Grigg


1951 GMC 250 in the Project Journals [stovebolt.com]
1948 Chevrolet 6400 [stovebolt.com] - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup [stovebolt.com]
---All pictures [picasaweb.google.com]---
"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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