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#1464120 Sat Aug 27 2022 12:55 AM
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Does anyone know if these are the notorious widow maker split rims on my 1948 one ton --- or something else. I'm not sure and looking at a number of older threads and just looking at these, I can't be sure[img][/img].

I know I've gotten photos in here before - but all i come up with is this hypertext - used the attachment manager -- still no photo - obviously i'm doing somthing wrong. Dale

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cameo1956 #1464129 Sat Aug 27 2022 01:53 AM
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That wheel is the original 18" as used on the 1-Ton dually. Great looking, and not the dreaded widow maker!

Eureka Jim #1464131 Sat Aug 27 2022 02:02 AM
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Thanks Jim. Do you know - is this one called the "3 piece" or something like that (I saw that in previous threads, same subject), but thank you, it is good to hear it is not the not the notorious "split rim".

cameo1956 #1464142 Sat Aug 27 2022 04:14 AM
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It's a 2 piece wheel plus a locking ring. Most tire shops won't help you with it but I'm sure you can find a truck oriented shop that will. They are narrow wheels and the selection of tires is limited but they really look right on the trucks.

cameo1956 #1464143 Sat Aug 27 2022 04:29 AM
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I have them on my one ton and a small local shop that also deals with large trucks was happy to mount the tires. A few years ago, it cost$30 each, about 10 bucks more than a standard rim. Well worth the extra money!

Mine are the two piece units.

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cameo1956 #1464167 Sat Aug 27 2022 01:26 PM
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Thanks guys for all the help.I understand a lot better now. I don’t plan to change them anytime soon, so the fact they are multi piece rims does not bother me. I will just start asking around here to see who might be able to service them when the time comes. In the meantime they look good and they run along just great. I agree Jim — they do look right for the truck just as they are. But I have looked and don’t seem to find a vendor with solid wheels that will fit this truck anyway, but I’m sure there must be some. Any ideas on a source just in case I decide to go that way would be welcome.


cameo1956 #1464169 Sat Aug 27 2022 01:49 PM
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Our local farmer's co-op tire shop has the equipment and the experienced people to deal with multi-piece rims. There are a few common sense precautions such as using a cage while inflating the tire and inspecting the pieces of the rims for rust or damage. When I started dealing with those wheels 50-something years ago, I was taught to be careful not to mix up bits and pieces of wheels that had been running together for a while. They establish a wear pattern that keeps mismatched parts from getting assembled safely, in some situations.

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cameo1956 #1464411 Mon Aug 29 2022 02:05 PM
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I used to do a lot of tire work on 3/4 to 2 ton trucks years ago. That was my favorite type. They seemed easy to dismount & are the safest.


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cameo1956 #1464467 Mon Aug 29 2022 08:57 PM
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I've got the three piece rims on my 53 one ton, and I do mounting new tires myself. Not really a problem. However, after I have the new tire and tube on the rim, and after I have installed the other half of the rim and installed the lock ring, I run two lengths of heavy chain around the rim in two places, passing through the center of the rim and wrapping around the tire. I then put about 20 pounds of air in the tube, check to make sure the locking ring is seated well, then add 20 pounds more. I figure if the rim is going to fail the chains will keep parts from flying all over. I usually let the tire sit like that for the rest of the day, then fill it all the way up the next morning. My tires take about 50 pounds pressure. Never have had a problem, no need to find a shop.


I am currently digging back in to a 1953 3800 (one ton) with a nine foot bed. I've owned it since 1979, and drove it until 1982 (or so). My wife got me involved in restoring it back in 2002, got the body removed and the frame redone, then things came up. Now I am retired and starting again. If anyone is interested I have photos on Imagur ( ). I live way back in the woods in the Ozarks on 40 acres at the end of a 2 1/2 mile private road.


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