I know a ton has been published about the wheels on the F-600 here... I'm going to pick up a 1956 F-600 dump truck that runs, dump works and is in amazing condition this weekend. I want to replace the tires and rims with nice chrome ones... I assume Accuride 22.5" rims? What are the rest of the specs I need to know to buy the right rims? The truck is a 6 lug.
There were four wheel options on '56 F-600s. All have the 6 lug x 8.75" stud piloted pattern. Two were the 20" widowmaker Firestone RH-5° multi-part varieties in 6" and 6.5" widths, the others were 22.5" tubeless wheels in 6" and 6.75" widths. Since you don't care about the widowmakers I won't waste space here describing them. The 22.5" tubeless wheels in 6" width were Ford #B6T 1015C. These were either Budd #71690 or K-H #41774. The 6.75" width was Ford #B6T 1015D. These were either Budd #71660 or K-H #40173. I don't have a K-H listing detailing the specifics on their products, but I do have a 1960 Budd reference giving details on theirs. The 6" Budd #71690 is shown to have been replaced by #73460 which is described as having 5 15/32" of positive offset. The 6.75" Budd #71660 is described as having 5 5/8" of positive offset. Both have a center bore (hole) measuring 6 15/32".
Finding these, or similar, used wheels should not be terribly difficult. This bolt pattern was used by many of the manufacturers and, in fact, new wheels with the pattern are still made by Accuride. See this Accuride listing for wheel #28157.
As you'll see, the new Accurides have only two hand holes which would make them look non-original on your truck. Also, no such wheels were ever chromed so you'll be having this done yourself after finding your replacements.
I see from your profile that you live in NM. Having done a road trip and yard tour through your state I think you should be able to find these locally with no trouble. I spent much of a day going through yards just in Alamogordo. If, however, you don't find them locally, to my understanding our member Kevin Bigwin (bigwin56f100) has a set of these for sale. If he doesn't drop by here and comment I will do him a private message if you wish about his wheels. Kevin, however, lives in Ohio which would add significant shipping costs to your project. Stu
Thanks so much for the info! There are several yards just south of Albuquerque that I can start with. As a last option I may purchase them new. I think I meant polished aluminum instead of chrome . Now I've just got to convince the wife that it's a great idea to have an F600 in the driveway.
While I've learned to "never-say-never", I can say that I have no record of these having been available in aluminum. If all you do is blast and powder coat the steel ones they look really good.
The yards south of Alamogordo are the ones I had in mind. At least when I went through there a few years ago they all allowed you to wander unescorted and were full of great old iron. Hopefully $200 a ton steel hasn't taken its toll on them. Stu
the 56 F600 is my favorite big truck and I'm getting the fever to get one again someday. Had one from 1980-84. Except for the 5.83 gear ratio, I loved it and the F100 guys gave me the thumbs up. Problem these days is to find a company that will insure it.