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#378375 - Thu Feb 21 2008 09:43 PM 1954 Chevrolet 3600 Tow Truck  
54TOW  Offline
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The Lost Pines
I know this forum is for BIG trucks, but my 3/4 ton is pretty beefy. I have just inherited my father's tow truck and I have MANY questions. Has anyone ever heard of a "tow champ" wrecker bed? It was distributed by Champion Manufacturing Co. in Harrisonville, Missouri. It has dual wheel adapters (8 lug to 6 lug). I need new dual rims, but have no idea where to start looking for these. I would like to move away from split rims, but will take what I can get.


David Colter
pics * 1954 wrecker * 1948 Chevy 1-Ton
No act of kindness - no matter how small - is ever wasted ~~ Aesop


#378436 - Fri Feb 22 2008 12:22 AM Re: 1954 Chevrolet 3600 Tow Truck [Re: 54TOW]  
underdog  Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 170
NE Tennessee
May be time to take a vacation and make some new friends.
http://www.internationaltowingmuseum.org/


#378451 - Fri Feb 22 2008 12:48 AM Re: 1954 Chevrolet 3600 Tow Truck [Re: 54TOW]  
PETE/56gmc  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2008
Posts: 7
phx az
what size are the rims you are looking for? ther maybe a junkyard in wittman az that will have what you are looking for but he does not have a phone. kind of a back woods men! some stuff all the way back too early 1900's!


#378502 - Fri Feb 22 2008 03:12 AM Re: 1954 Chevrolet 3600 Tow Truck [Re: PETE/56gmc]  
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Underdog - thanks for the link. If I am ever in TN I'll have to go there.

Last edited by 54TOW; Fri Feb 22 2008 03:12 AM.

David Colter
pics * 1954 wrecker * 1948 Chevy 1-Ton
No act of kindness - no matter how small - is ever wasted ~~ Aesop

#378540 - Fri Feb 22 2008 04:17 AM Re: 1954 Chevrolet 3600 Tow Truck [Re: 54TOW]  
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burlington, n.c.
Did you say "Tow Truck" !, That's right down my alley. I've heard of that Manufacturer, & have seen vintage literature on ebay. Check with Walter Miller of, www.autolit.com , he may have some info., on it. Click into my link below. I'm into Antique Ernest Holmes Wreckers. Got any pictures you can post.


Spanky Hardy
Collector Of Fine Old G.M. COE Trucks & Antique Holmes Wreckers

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#378842 - Fri Feb 22 2008 11:00 PM Re: 1954 Chevrolet 3600 Tow Truck [Re: spanky]  
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Spanky!

I was hoping to hear from you - I have looked at your pictures, and WOW! You have quite the collection. I have submitted a story, and a few pictures to the gallery, and it will be a couple of weeks before they post. I appreciate the link.

Thanks,
David


David Colter
pics * 1954 wrecker * 1948 Chevy 1-Ton
No act of kindness - no matter how small - is ever wasted ~~ Aesop

#378853 - Fri Feb 22 2008 11:36 PM Re: 1954 Chevrolet 3600 Tow Truck [Re: PETE/56gmc]  
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Pete-

The rims I have are all 17 inch.

David


David Colter
pics * 1954 wrecker * 1948 Chevy 1-Ton
No act of kindness - no matter how small - is ever wasted ~~ Aesop

#379199 - Sat Feb 23 2008 11:38 PM Re: 1954 Chevrolet 3600 Tow Truck [Re: 54TOW]  
Jim Lee  Offline
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Springfield, MO
It has dual wheel adapters, 8 lug to 6 lug.

Look at my picture of my bus, it has the same type of rear wheels. An adapter goes from 8 lug to 6 lug and the dual wheels on the rear have 6 lugs and they are 17" wheels.

I went to put 8 lug 18" wheels and tires on the rear of the bus, took off the adapters, and the "track" of the tires and wheels was too narrow. So back when on the adapters and the old tires and wheels.

I have some 18" 8 lug budd type wheels for a 3800 but I am thinking that you need the extra space the adapter gives you to proper clearance on the wheel wells of the wrecker body.

Jim in Springfield, MO


Here is a link to some stuff about my brothers and I
http://bus-plunge.blogspot.com/search?q=hemmings

#379536 - Sun Feb 24 2008 07:21 PM Re: 1954 Chevrolet 3600 Tow Truck [Re: Jim Lee]  
54TOW  Offline
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The Lost Pines
You are right about the adapters. I have found a company that will make tubeless rims to your(our)(any) specs. It is http://www.stocktonwheel.com/industrail_wheels.php I just have to wait for the $$


David Colter
pics * 1954 wrecker * 1948 Chevy 1-Ton
No act of kindness - no matter how small - is ever wasted ~~ Aesop

#379554 - Sun Feb 24 2008 07:45 PM Re: 1954 Chevrolet 3600 Tow Truck [Re: 54TOW]  
gtow69  Offline
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Long Island New York
Welcome aboard 54TOW, I have heard of Champion Manufacturing but have never seen the Tow Champ Model. Waiting with baited breath (Haaa..h) for pictures.


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