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1948 3600 wheels
#1416370 Thu Jul 08 2021 09:41 PM
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 45
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'Bolter
Good afternoon! I have owned this truck for about 10 years. I have been rocking a set of 15" wheels on her. It is the 8x6.5 bolt pattern. I have found some 16" wheels from a ford E-250. They are about 2 hours away. My main concern is backspacing. I have read (here) that these will fit fine on my 3/4 ton. Is that Gospel? What should I be measuring to confirm 100%? My skills are limited, but I can operate a tape measure.

Help a brother out!


Who owns this car with the peace sign, mag wheels, and 4 on the floor?

Dude- 1948 Chevrolet Thriftmaser 3600

https://i.imgur.com/NN2ehrsl.jpg
Re: 1948 3600 wheels
jjrockbush #1416381 Thu Jul 08 2021 11:55 PM
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'Bolter
Have the person who has them measure the back spacing on the wheels you are planning on buying.

Measure from the backside of the wheel, where it mounts to your lug nuts to the outside of the rim. If it measures 4 inches it should work just fine

Or do the spacers but make sure your lugs are long enough to go through all of that and a bit past the nuts.

Elmo.

Last edited by Elmo; Fri Jul 09 2021 12:04 AM.
Re: 1948 3600 wheels
jjrockbush #1416382 Thu Jul 08 2021 11:55 PM
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'Bolter
They will bolt on the rear no problem at all. On the front “some” have light interference from the tie rod only when turned to a certain spot. Mine did and I am running 1/4” (6mm) wheel spacers up front and I have no issues. Been running this setup for about 15k miles no problem. I have heard that guys running 1-ton tie rod ends dont have the issue at all.

Re: 1948 3600 wheels
jjrockbush #1416384 Fri Jul 09 2021 12:27 AM
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 45
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'Bolter
'Preciate ya Boys! I did pull off a wheel and took a look. It looks like what I have is 3.75" now. There is a 1/4" spacer. I have a good set of 15 inch tires, but I have wanted 16" for so long. I found a place in Miami that has a bunch, so I can pick the best 5. $220. Sounds solid.


Who owns this car with the peace sign, mag wheels, and 4 on the floor?

Dude- 1948 Chevrolet Thriftmaser 3600

https://i.imgur.com/NN2ehrsl.jpg
Re: 1948 3600 wheels
jjrockbush #1416397 Fri Jul 09 2021 02:33 AM
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Posts: 261
E
'Bolter
You should be good.

Re: 1948 3600 wheels
jjrockbush #1416454 Fri Jul 09 2021 06:03 PM
Joined: Jul 2019
Posts: 533
B
'Bolter
You will probably need to run “big bulge” lug nuts as i did. Mine don’t go all the way through the nut because they are a little short and they are acorn nuts. They definitely are not going anywhere especially with 8 of them on the 3/4tons.

Re: 1948 3600 wheels
jjrockbush #1416466 Fri Jul 09 2021 09:33 PM
Joined: Oct 2018
Posts: 39
M
'Bolter
I run 16 inch Ford 3/4 ton 4X4 rims from the eights with 235/85's on my 46 3/4 ton and they fit nice with no spacers.

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Re: 1948 3600 wheels
jjrockbush #1416558 Sat Jul 10 2021 09:13 PM
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 45
J
'Bolter
I need some more help gents! The wheels have a 4" backspace as Elmo said. The rim has a paper thin margin with a 1/4" spacer. Should I be good with 1/2" spacer?


Who owns this car with the peace sign, mag wheels, and 4 on the floor?

Dude- 1948 Chevrolet Thriftmaser 3600

https://i.imgur.com/NN2ehrsl.jpg
Re: 1948 3600 wheels
jjrockbush #1416595 Sun Jul 11 2021 09:37 AM
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Posts: 533
B
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I just remembered i ground the outer corner of my tie rod with a angle grinder to get a lil more clearance. No issues to date. It still screws in and out if needed to service.

Re: 1948 3600 wheels
jjrockbush #1416779 Tue Jul 13 2021 12:16 AM
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 45
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I got the 1/2 inch spacers for the front. Now I just need to get these darn drums off!!


Who owns this car with the peace sign, mag wheels, and 4 on the floor?

Dude- 1948 Chevrolet Thriftmaser 3600

https://i.imgur.com/NN2ehrsl.jpg
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