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Old 01-23-2012, 11:34 PM
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1960 Ford F500 tire/wheel questions

Hi all, I'm new to the forum, I found it while surfing around looking for some info on tires/wheels. I have a '60 Ford F500 Grain truck that I bought to use hauling demolition stuff etc. during a home remodel. It has really bad 8.25X20 tires on the it, the fronts are passable, but the backs are pretty shot.
Doing some research has led me to think that it has the Firestone RH5 wheels all the way around, I will double check when I am at the shop tomorrow.
What are my best options when it comes to wheels/tires? When I find some tires for it, can I get them mounted on these wheels or will I also need to find some new wheels?
I had thought that they were one piece wheels and I could do them myself at the autoshop I work at, but after reading some more online and on this board, I think that may be out of the question since we do not have a tire cage and I have no experience with these type of wheels.

Thoughts? Advice? I'd really appreciate it, I'd like to use the truck hauling stuff, it would save me a ton(or many tons) of work, but I can't afford to sink hundreds of dollars into new wheels.

 
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:24 AM
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What you are looking for is 5 lug on an 8" circle, 22.5 diameter. You can use 9-22.5 tires. (tubeless), or 19.5 wheels, or 20" split ring tube required wheels.

Background info:

1946 1 1/2 Ton Ford Truck Wheels - SmokStak

Note the discussion of 19.5s--those would work, but would be a bit shorter than your current tire. IIRC, the F500 used a smaller tire than the 8.25x20. Our F600 used those--I thought the F500 used a 7.50 or 7.75x20.

A year late here, but they do exist:

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...eels-sold.html

This thread goes on and on, and has links to other threads that go on and on. Many sources, and pictures etc. 19.5 motor home wheels seem to work. They also talk about split ring 20" tube-type tire/wheel combos that were very common. No one will fool with those Firestone wheels or mount tires to them, so something's got to give.

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/9...-question.html
 
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Thanks for the good links, I didn't know there were so many differences with medium duty truck wheels. The interesting thing about getting something new is that I get to/have to learn a lot of things I wouldn't have a clue about otherwise.
I guess I will need to be keeping my eye out for large wheels at swap meets and craigslist etc. and get somthing that will be safe to use when I get some tires.

This site sure has a lot of good old truck info on it, I've been on here for newer things but never guessed there was old truck stuff on it.
 
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If there are any medium/heavy duty truck wrecking yards nearby check with them. I can buy the 6 hole rims for my '58 F600 for $30 each.
 
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The 6 x 8.75" pattern wheels used on later F-600s are more common than the 5 x 8" pattern ones. I've found the 5 x 8" 19.5s for as little as $15 each, but normally you'll pay between $50 and $100 each. The 22.5s aren't as common and will be at the high end of that range normally. Stu
 
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If there are any medium/heavy duty truck wrecking yards nearby check with them. I can buy the 6 hole rims for my '58 F600 for $30 each.
Wow, if I could find some for mine for $30, I'd snap them up! I'll have to do some checking around, I've been searching craigslist, but it's hard to search things with numbers on there.
 
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I stopped by the wrecking yard yesterday and I found 3 of the 5 hole rims that were 17.5" tubeless and 5 that were 16" lock ring tube type. Those are probably too small for you but they are $20 each.
 
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Yeah, I think those would be to small for me. I'd like to stay with the 20" or maybe 19.5 because I can find tires for them easily.

A friend nearby has some 9.00X20 tires and wheels that he thinks might fit, so I'm going to go see what they are one of these days when I have time.
 
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9.00 x 20s might be too big for that truck. You might have fitment and duals rubbing issues. Our F600 used 8.25x20s for example.

You may also have overall gearing issues, but those are usually geared so low it's probably not an issue.

Measure or trial fit before you put out the old ca$hola.
 
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Yes, it has 8.25X20 tires on it now and I was wondering if 9.0's would fit or not. They are wider than what is recomended for the wheels I have, but he might have some wheels around also. As far as gearing goes, with the V8 it seems to have plenty of power, I've put about 2 tons in the back and had no problems with that and have not had to use the low end of the 2 speed rear end yet, but maybe I should try it to get some practice with it.
 
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The 9.00s might touch on the duals. Very bad--a deal killer for those. Make sure that isn't going to happen.

As for the two speed--post 5 here has the Eaton video with more than you wanted to know. Note the problems the OP discusses--you don't shift those like a transmission or OD:

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...-problems.html
 
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This may be a dumb question, but are there any 10 lug wheels that will work?

I'm thinking of the Chevy C3500HD's that had 10 lug wheels, but the front wheels only used 5 of the lugs.
 
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Nice idea, but the GM bolt pattern is 10 x 7.25". Won't work. Stu
 
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Bummer, it sure sounded good. I can find those things, no problem.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Stu.
 
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Any time. If you find a good set of 6" lock ring 20s you'd maybe be able to use the 9.00 tires if you added a spacer between the rear duals. 85e150... is right that rubbing of the rear dual sidewalls would be a blow out waiting to happen. You'd have to size the spacer to allow enough room for sidewall deflection when loaded. The 9.00' would be slightly taller than the 8.25" as well which would help road speed, but you'd then also have to check for rubbing at the front fenders. Stu
 

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