1961 Ford F500 project.

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Re: 1961 Ford F500 project.

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Take offs are likely a good choice. The Diamond T is on the 3rd set of new tires since we owned it. Probably the 4th since it was new. Gotta be at least 20 years since we did them last time, and they're starting to crack. Tread is perfect. I think we've put 25, or 30k on those 3 sets of tires. Unfortunately, those are 10.00-20's as well. Those I would probably pony up the cash for the same tires rather than swapping rims, and for sure those would be the last set that I would need.

The Ford, I don't really care what it's running as long as they hold, and can drive. They could be bald, as I'll probably just run chains on the rears when I'm moving around the farm. (my folks bought brand new chains for the Diamond T when they got it, and they've never been used, so might as well get some use out of them) That rig isn't going down the road except to a truck show at some point, and that's only 20 miles. Nobody will be looking at the truck, it'll be there for the crane.

It would have been nice if my interior was as nice as yours though. Battle scars on the exterior are fine, but the interior has been attacked by mice, mud wasps, and water from holes in the roof from where they had beacon lights I guess. Tape and silicone has stopped the water for now. My driver door glass is shattered as well. Don't know why it's still holding, but I close that door VERY gently. Entire electrical system is a train wreck as well. Not looking forward to that project.
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Don't waste your time looking for wheels. You are not going to find them. I spent countless hours searching. We purchased 22.5 wheel blanks. I think we did 7 wide on front and 8 wide on rear. Cut the centers of original wheels out and they will be snug right into place on the 22.5.. we went with 235/85r22.5 with the f6. Tack weld it and spin it on a front hub of the car to make sure it's straight and weld them up. We did ours and it drives great down through road. My phone crashed a few weeks ago so I've lost all my pictures of the process.the 22.5 are the way to go.

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Here's a few photos I found when we started the process.ImageImageImage

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Thanks @Jancoe I’m glad you had those pictures
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I'm in the same boat regarding my tow truck. It is badly in need of all 4 tires. Sure doesn't warrant new tires.
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I should clarify a little as to what we did to the wheels. We essentially left a band of metal that's riveted to the center of the wheel. The bead seal lip was cut off up close to the center. The same for the back side. Cut off the inner half of 2 piece flange. One of those pics we ground off the rivets attempting to remove the outside ring on the wheel center. We left the rivets alone and created a "metal band" and plug welded those and is a spare now. This band that was left made the wheel center slip perfectly tight into the wheel blank. Set it to our desired offset and kept tacking it and spinning it on the front hub. A little jig wat made to hold true. It worked good. Find some used rv motorhome 22.5" tires. When I eventually get back over to their place I can get you finished photos. This 5 on 8" lug pattern is difficult to find.

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Jancoe wrote: Sat Sep 17, 2022 1:38 pm I should clarify a little as to what we did to the wheels. We essentially left a band of metal that's riveted to the center of the wheel. The bead seal lip was cut off up close to the center. The same for the back side. Cut off the inner half of 2 piece flange. One of those pics we ground off the rivets attempting to remove the outside ring on the wheel center. We left the rivets alone and created a "metal band" and plug welded those and is a spare now. This band that was left made the wheel center slip perfectly tight into the wheel blank. Set it to our desired offset and kept tacking it and spinning it on the front hub. A little jig wat made to hold true. It worked good. Find some used rv motorhome 22.5" tires. When I eventually get back over to their place I can get you finished photos. This 5 on 8" lug pattern is difficult to find.

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Thank you Jancoe. I’ve got feelers out all over the place to see if I can come up with rims. I have several places to call next week too. I don’t hold much hope, but you never know. I appreciate the knowledge on this. I’ll be referring to it if and when I make a set.
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