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Old 08-02-2014, 11:50 AM
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1950 f1 6.50 x 16 tire replacement

I have a 1950 F1 with 6.50 x 16 tires mounted on 4.5 inch wheels......what options do I have in replacing tires using existing wheel...........want to maintain "old appearance"

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Old 08-02-2014, 01:48 PM
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Don't mean to hijack your thread, but I'm interested in the same issue. I also have a 50 F1. Question for you: how do I measure to determine what wheel I have? Thanks and again sorry to jump in here.
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Coker (and others I'm sure) sells tires for your wheels. Some people will tell you that it's ok to run tubeless, others will tell you it's unsafe. I didn't want to risk it, so I bought a set of Wheel Vintiques "gennies" and run radials on mine.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/wv...0504/overview/

The hubcaps fit my new wheels, and still have to "old" look but tires and wheels are a little wider than before, which I like.

Here's what mine look like now:

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like the look.......I am trying to maintain original look too !............have heard lots of "stories", but I keep hearing that the 4.5 inch wide wheel is really the limiting factor for not being able to find tires from a general retail tire center..............

.......the price of these "special original size" tires is at least twice what regular tires cost...............considered going to a wider wheel so I could put on regular tires while maintaining the "look", but by the time I would buy the wheels I would more in it than just buying tires from a vendor like Coker..................when I priced them out, for bias belted 6.50 x 16 blackwall tires, would have close to $1000.00 for 4.........once I bought tubes and paid shipping.....................so I guess I have to bite the bullet !
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Jacnat,

.........wheel size width was determined by a gauge from a tire store ( the 4.5 inches in my case).........any tire store will have them and the wheel overall size is determined by the diameter of the wheel ( 16 inches in my case).................
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like the look.......I am trying to maintain original look too !............have heard lots of "stories", but I keep hearing that the 4.5 inch wide wheel is really the limiting factor for not being able to find tires from a general retail tire center..............

.......the price of these "special original size" tires is at least twice what regular tires cost...............considered going to a wider wheel so I could put on regular tires while maintaining the "look", but by the time I would buy the wheels I would more in it than just buying tires from a vendor like Coker..................when I priced them out, for bias belted 6.50 x 16 blackwall tires, would have close to $1000.00 for 4.........once I bought tubes and paid shipping.....................so I guess I have to bite the bullet !
Yeah, I think the 4 wheels and P215/75 tires set me back around $1300.00 (A little more if you count the engine enamel I used to paint the wheels). It would have been closer to $1100 if I had gone with P225/75s.

Edit: And now that I think about it, it also would have been cheaper had I not chosen to go with the optional "Road Hazard" warranty.
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.......just took delivery of my F1 this past Thursday evening and it went immediately the next day to the shop for an evaluation...........making it a daily driver, and the other repairs needed, all are routine maintenance in nature and anticipated the costs, but got to admit, the cost of the tires has been more than a little of a surprise..............but spent 2 1/2 years looking and found what I wanted so no complaints........................thanks for the info..............
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Hey Easyrider,
Any pics of your new ride? Where did you find it?

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I talked to a forum member who had the 16x4.5s. He had Michelin radials 225/75R16 on them..He said they were approximately 29 1/2" tall and 8 3/4" wide. I talked to a tire store who said that is a common dually size tire and available off of the shelf for around $100 each. We never talked about tubes. I assumed he wasn't using tubes.
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I'm running 225/75R16 tubeless on my stock rims without a problem.
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thanks for the info..........very interesting because I was told today by a tire dealer that this size tire was too wide for my wheel.........and I was also told that my wheels are only 4.5 inches wide and therefore your size tire would be too wide.....basically bulge too much and come off the wheel too easily to be safe.............

..do you know how wide your wheels are ?

thanks for all your help........
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A ball park number for that era
I put 235-85-16 radials on my F2 - They are as close as you can get to the 7.50x16 used on the F2 - The tread is about 3/4 of an inch wider - It is 31.9 in tall - I used a 6 in wide Gennie wheel
The tires I got are Mastercraft - They are made in the U.S.A. and are a spinoff of an American manf.
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A modern radial tire will be too wide for that 4.5 inch wide wheel. The narrowest tire in a 16 is a 215/85R16, which is only available in a 10 ply. Way too heavy for that truck, and too wide for the wheels. You should be a able to find steel wheels for around $60-70 each. A modern tubeless radial tire is MUCH better riding and handling than a bias ply tire, and they last about twice as long too.
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THANKS !

........this is great info and much appreciated !

......however have already "bit the bullet".......and choose to stay with the original rims and therefore had to buy bias belted tires ( 6.50 x 16 )...............they came from Coker by way of Summit Racing................I live fairly close to their store in Akron, Ohio.......................

..........my immediate goal for the truck is to get it to a dependable "daily driver"...............drive and "enjoy it" and then go from there............

..........at this point in time, since getting the truck last week, have replaced brakes, brake lines, brake master cylinder, have removed the engine and transmission.................the clutch assembly to be replaced, the engine is "solid" I am sure it will need some things done......... replacing all engine wiring and hoses..............likely to have to do some radiator work.............while I have the engine out, steam cleaning and degreasing the engine bay and painting.............

.............I am quickly realizing it would have been much less expensive to have bought a truck all ready "done", but searched high and low for 2 1/2 years to no avail................

..........the body and frame are really good for its age though.............intend to leave as is for now...................

thanks again...................the best and most complete info received.........very much appreciated.............
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