Hello everyone. I am new at this. I just bought a 53 f350 with a holmes 400 Wrecker. This is the truck of my dreams. I had it shipped up from Denver CO. to Canada. I need some help with getting new rims. Mine are 6 lug 7.25 bolt, 17" Widowmakers
Welcome to the site, sounds like a heck of a truck. I'm not learned up on the widow makers, but there is a lot of information on the subject here. I can't remember how many posts you need before you can search, but once your able to i will reveal a plethora of information.
6 bolt 17s are a pain.get a set of 19.5 rims remove the centers ..put your 17s in and have them welded ..best way out ,,done it on my 54' tires are better and cheeper then trying to use the widows ,,,,and everyone her will give you grief for them ..welcome to the clan !!you can see the rims on my truck in my gallery ,,sorry don't know how to post here..
Last edited by kenjh; 10-29-2013 at 10:35 PM.
Reason: finish explaining
First, add my welcome. Great to have another big truck being saved, and a wrecker at that.
That thread that 38 coupe linked above has the tech info that applies to your truck. You have two basic options. First is custom wheels as Ken described. The center of a 17" widow maker should fit nicely into a tubeless 19.5" outer rim. If you don't want to trust a local welder to do this as Ken did, there are custom wheel companies that do it commercially. One that I know does good work is American Wheel Specialist of Pasco, WA.
The other option is the 17.5" x 5.25" wheel described in the linked discussion. I don't know of any full sets now available. I know of two wheels in an Oregon yard, and maybe four in a South Dakota yard, but pulling them together will be a hassle for all involved. I have a yard that I work with and have recently asked the operator to keep his eyes open for a set of these, but nothing yet. Your most likely short term fix is a set of custom wheels. Stu
I have six 17.5's on my parts truck. Stu helped me find buyer, but the guy sold his 'Craigslist find' motorhome a week after it got shipped to him. This guy gave my name to the new purchaser, but haven't heard from him. So I guess they are for sale again. Not too sure about shipping across the border. But I also love to see the big trucks get saved, and I don't need another project for years with all the needy orphans I've already gathered.
'92 F350 4x4 dual wheel service truck. 7.3 with headers and glass packs. 5 sp man tran. 255 85 16 Toyos. 110,000 miles. '59 F350 9' flareside new project, cummins 6at turbo diesel, sm 465 4 spd. 255 85 16s again, 37 ford 1 1/2 ton stake with 53 flathead V8. 65 toyota landcruiser fj 45 longbed pickup. 54 GMC 3/4 ton flatbed w/ cummins 6at, '68 BSA 441 Victor Special, bone stock, Antique tractors and one lung flywheel engines .....
Thanks for the update, Gary. Seems like reality dawned on the Travco guy once he took delivery and saw what he was facing. I give him credit for cutting bait before he got in over his head. Hope your set works for 53 Tow, but if not I'll keep them in mind for the next emailer. Stu
But I got ta say becoming a supporter is the fastest and easiest way to post pics right from
your whatever pad/cell thing or home computer.
Few of us look in the users Gallery or album as you can see by your recent visitors.
Originally Posted by 76f350spercamprspeal
Welcome to FTE, Best Damn Forum EVER!
Here's How to Post Pictures:
1. Login to FTE.
2.Click User CP (In the Top Left Hand Corner)
3.(On the Left, There will be a list, The 5th Option Down, will say "Pictures & Albums) Click That.
4.Then, Click Add Album, Enter a title, and description, if ya want to.
5. Click Upload Pictures, Then click Browse, Locate the Files of your truck. (You can add 3 files at a time)
5. Click Upload.
6. Add a description to the individual pictures, then click save.
7. Add more files if ya want.
8. Click The Picture you want to post, it will give you two codes at the bottom, Right Click The Second one (It say's BB Code, Then Say's [IMG]http:blahblahblah...[/IMG])
Then, Once that is highlighted, Right Click, Then Copy, Then Paste it into your post.
You can add up to 30 Images in one FTE Post.
If, Ya need any help, Don't hesitate to ask.
Originally Posted by old_dan
You can also go to the "Garage" tab and start an album right here on FTE. After you post pictures to an album, we can look in your album, but you'll also be able to "insert a picture" by pasting in a link to the picture in your album.
It seems awkward, but whenever you "insert a picture" to one of these threads, the forum is looking for the picture somewhere on the web (which is always available) rather than from somewhere on your hard drive (which isn't always available).
Originally Posted By Jolly Roger Joe
Welcome to FTE!
Go to Image hosting, free photo sharing & video sharing at Photobucket and sign up for a free account. Then create an album for your truck. Upload any pics you want to post on FTE to that album. Have this album open on your computer when you want to post pics on FTE.
While you're making a post on FTE, select the pic you want to post from your Photobucket album. When the large version of the pic is open, right mouse click on it and select "View Image Info". The image info will be highlighted and will look something like this:
The best photos and videos | Photobucket
Copy that highlighted info (right click / copy).
When you have the spot in your post where you want the pic to be placed, select the "Insert Image" icon at the top of the post (looks like a mountain) and paste (right click / paste) the image info you copied in the highlighted box (just shows "http://" when it opens).
85 XLT Bronco 351W HO 4V Dual Pipes 33X12.5 BFG's 62 Uni 390 C6 Custom Cab Sold for 9.5K Don't just Modify it Fordify it A Side Arm Is Like A Parachute, Tis Better To Have One An Never Need It, Than To Need One And Not Have It
On a '53 both the SRW and DRW have 5.00" offset even though the part numbers are different on the wheels. No sure why that is. The DRW 17.5s have 4.75" offset and the same coined mounting. They work on SRW and DRW '53/'54s. In 1955 the SRWs were changed and have only 1/2" offset iirc. Stu
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