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#1498263 Wed Apr 26 2023 05:20 PM
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JeremyS Offline OP
I have a 1957 6400 that over all is in pretty solid shape. It's got the big 6 lug wheels (most of which are rh5's) and working thru options now. I've found some 19.5 wheels locally, but they are just a little to small compared to stock. I've seen online where folks have used the 900-20 wheels and tires off old m35a2 dueces on 50s and 60s ford 600s, but haven't seen anything about them on big bolts. Have any of y'all attempted to mount these? I'm curious about interference between the duals.

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welcome to the site!! Nice looking truck!! The 6000 series are considered a 2 ton truck.

You should be able to find 6 lug 22.5 wheels, just might need to do some digging and be patient! I wold go look in some big truck yards!

the wheels you mentioned, if they are for duals, it would not matter if they are on a Chevy vs Ford.


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Thanks Mike! I've been looking for a while at various old big truck junks in central/north texas but not dice just yet. I'm getting impatient and want to drive the old girl haha!

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Are you walking the junk yards or just calling? Phone calls won't get you anywhere for the old stuff, you have to get your boots muddy and look for yourself. Don't overlook school buses...many of them came with 6-lug Budd Wheels.

Also keep an eye out for 6-lug Budd to Dayton Adaptors...

Mike B smile

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Mike is right, phone will be a waste of time, also look for dead and abandoned trucks in alleys, etc., I know of two sets here(CO.


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A few years ago, I went through that same drill with my '65 GMC 1.5-ton.

The good news is that the one-piece wheels you want *are* out there!

The even better news is that you are going to have a great experience looking at lots of cool old trucks, bread vans, busses in lots of cool, scenic locations (i.e., junkyards, barn yards, truck lots ...) in your search! Along the way, you will probably get to meet many wonderful fellow inhabitants of this beautiful planet we live on (snakes, bees, various rodentia, guard dogs, cattle ...). Cool, huh??

Trucks to look for as likely donors are the '70's vintage F-series (600?) Ford trucks. U-Haul trucks, especially. Similar vintage school busses and bread vans are good, too. Airport shuttles ...

Some junk yards even have piles of wheels you can pick through for extra fun!! (hint -- the ones you need are at the bottom!! Where the snakes and brown recluses live smile )

Mine came from a U-Haul truck and a school bus as I recall. But keep the convo going here. Many of us, in similar searches, often come home with wheels that appeared to be the ones we wanted in the junkyard but weren't. So somebody else's rejects/extras may be what *you* need. For example, I have a complete set of 10-lug 16-inch Budd wheels someone offered me (and I gladly took home) only to discover they were hub piloted (and I need stud piloted ... frown it happens...).

IMPORTANT NOTE -- Remember to take your tape measure with you on your search. And have a cheat sheet on you with the measurements you need! Don't try to keep them in your head ...

You do have a search ahead of you! Keep it fun!


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