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16" 8 lug lock ring wheels

Been thinking long and hard on what wheels I want to put on my 59 F250. It currently has tubeless 7.50 x 16 on tubeless style 16" wheels. I really like the look of the older lock ring style 16" wheels. (had them from the factory on my 77 F250 way back when). So I have started looking for 5 of the lock ring 16" wheels. No luck locally so far, but I just started looking. I know lock ring style are old fashioned, but so am I. Anyone know of any of them around?
 
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I have 4 16' but they are duel style wheels off of a 59 ford box van that was junked. They were on the rear so probably won't work on F 250 front hubs because of the offset.
 
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I don't have your wheels, but can maybe help you find a set. The stock SRW 16" x 5.5" semi drop center two part wheels, having 9/16" offset, in 1959 and later were either of two Budd Company products. They are #78370 having a Goodyear LTS style outer rim, or #60880 having a Firestone RHP outer rim. Both would have been sold under Ford number 8J 1007. The National Wheel and Rim Association (NWRA) cross reference code for them is X-45045. They were also used by Dodge and Studebaker. I also find a later Kelsey-Hayes reference showing K-H #82473 also crosses to X-45045, but that reference doesn't say which outer rim was fitted. I also find a later reference showing X-45142 used on 68/69 F-250s.

Salvage yards subscribe to on-line inventory networks which should be able to use these numbers to simplify your search. Stu
 
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Thank you for the information.
 
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I am like you. I love lock ring wheels. I also love full floating axles. The combination of the two says 'real truck' in my old fashioned mind.
 
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As do manual transmission and manual (armstrong) steering.
 
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On the original topic, the real reason the two part tube type wheels remained an option along side the tubeless varieties was strength. Higher load capacity. Stu
 
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Be warned - very few tire shops will even touch these wheels anymore. Rightly or not, they have a reputation for being dangerous to work on. I still have my original 17" split rims with 7.50 17 bias ply mud grips, but I keep them in the barn & will only run them when I need my truck to look 100% original.
 
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Yes, in part I agree. But not completely. Your 17" wheels have a different rim design than the 16" ones discussed here. Because yours are 17" I know they have an outer rim called the "widow maker". The technical term for them is Firestone RH-5. All multi-part wheels need special handling, but the widow makers can't be trusted. Stu
 
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The general "consumer type" tire shops generally will not work with a lock ring wheel, but the commercial dealers that regularly handle tires for medium and heavy truck do not seem to have a problem with them.
 
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Good info; thanks!
 
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Locking ring 16 inch










I have a place locally that will remove the tires from the rim for $20 each.
 
 
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