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Old 05-13-2018, 10:46 AM
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I read through the whole thread and caught that you said your tire size was 255 60R16 and included a pic of the rear fender just after it went on... but also I remember you said the front tires were smaller but I can't find what their size was? I like the stance on your truck and I 'm trying to pick tire/wheel/wheel back spacing/rear axle flange to axle flange measurement now on my 51 and I am wondering if you would be so kind as to list what your tire/wheel/wheel b.s. is and any rear end width data you may have?

After doing some searches it seems there are always several members dealing with this very conundrum at the same time and after seeing how nice your truck came out it probably help more than a few of us from ordering wrong tire/wheel combos/rear end combos. Thanks for your time.
As you said the rears are 255 60R16, fronts 215 65R16. Front flange to flange distance is 59.5" and wheels are 7" wide with a 4" backspace so are 0 offset so track is also 59.5". Fronts in a medium turn into a driveway that has a bump will just rub the inside of the fenders in the front where the upper and lower fender join. I am going to increase the caster which should cure this. Rear has a flange to flange distance of 61.5" with a 8' rim and 4.25" backspace so have a -6mm offset. This increases the track .25 inches per side so rear track is 62" with good clearance inside and out.

Front flange width 59.5" and track 59.5"
Rear flange width 61.5" and track 62"

Hope this helps. Mike
 
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:55 AM
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Hey, Rick, just out of curiosity, why did you d3cide to go with a 53-56 crossmember instead of a 48-52 unit? I saw it mentioned a few times through the build, but never saw where you mentioned why.
I called TCI to order a Mustang 2 front suspension for a 1952 F-1. With the upgrades I was doing they suggested I do their custom IFS as it had better geometry and was a one piece cross-member with both upper and lower control arm mounts built in, for a couple hundred more than I was spending. I thought it a good idea but they no longer made a custom IFS for 48-52 trucks only 53 and later. They told me track was the same and the only mod was for the width of the frame. I'm glad I went with the custom IFS though it was a little more involved with installation due to the frame mods and I don't really use all it's capability, have to admit though it corners better than a 66 year old truck has a right to.
 
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Thanks for the info! And, uh, sorry about confusing your name with your buddy's!
 
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Yes Sir it does, Thank you VERY much!!

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FTE is more than appropriate. It is the best Ford truck Forum on the world wide web!
 
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Originally Posted by Ratty51F1 View Post
Yes Sir it does, Thank you VERY much!!

This is why the first thing I did after buying the 51 was join an appropriate forum

This forum was an immense help to me when I was building Belle. Even with all the help there are always things you come across where the answer is illusive.
 
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