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Finally after many months of life getting in the way I got her loaded up and brought home last weekend. The real fun is about to begin.
 
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The wheels are 19.5 widow makers, am looking in my options to get them swapped out. Maybe the one piece 20" wheels, maybe adapters to use more modern Ford F350 wheels, just throwing around ideas in my head.

Am thinking lowering it and doing a patina hot rod look. This is a budget build so any advice welcome.

The Tulsa 19 L winch will go first, if anyone here wants it PM me a offer. Who knows maybe trade for something I need.
 
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Old 04-29-2018, 10:23 AM
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Oh the fuel tank is garbage so will pull that soon. Thinking about dual stainless beer kegs as fuel tanks. Have made other stuff from them.

The hood is stuck closed, we closed it to move it. So trying to figure out how to get it open without breaking anything else in there.
 
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I have my own table saw, planer, router etc so am thinking a DIY wood flatbed for her with

Aluminum Flat Bar 1/16" X 1" X 8'

from Amazon. Bulk order of 6 pieces will be about $55. So with wood and hardware I am thinking I could pull it of for about $150.

Will take old donated daimond plate tool boxes to make wells for the duals and accent pieces.

Of course, that stuff is way down the road. First steps is to make decisions on wheels, drivetrain etc. I would like to to drive her on the road and and not feel like 60 is a huge strain on low gearing.
 
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I donít think you have 19.5s, which are tubeless. Iím seeing some widow maker 20Ē wheels, that should be replaced, and some locking side ring 20Ē wheels that are safe to keep in service if they are in good shape. I might have interest in your Tulsa 19, and have available locking side ring 20s with tires if you want to think about a swap. Stu
 
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I donít think you have 19.5s, which are tubeless. Iím seeing some widow maker 20Ē wheels, that should be replaced, and some locking side ring 20Ē wheels that are safe to keep in service if they are in good shape. I might have interest in your Tulsa 19, and have available locking side ring 20s with tires if you want to think about a swap. Stu
Sorry I mis-spoke, yes they are 20" widow makers. Looking for 19.5s that I have been told are one piece. These 20" wheels look to be the OEM ones, they have the 'middle joint' that is about 1 1/2" wide. Will post pics if needed. New to all this, so if it sounds like I may not know what I am doing it is largely due to the fact that I do not know what I am doing.

Up to this point I have always done my own car work except internal engine and anything over basic wiring. I know enough to be dangerous you could say.
 
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Your right rear dual is not a widow maker. So checking the others would be wise. You will find that a 19.5” set of wheels when fitted with 8R19.5” tires (the biggest that are correct for the wheels) will be about 4” shorter (or more) in diameter than your current wheels/tires. Road speed would be reduced. Stu
 
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That is a good looking F5! Great to see another big truck here! It looks to have a 134" WB, a 9' bed would look right at home there.
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Wheel Questons....

So I am kind of confused on these wheels. Originally I thought all the wheels I had (only 5 wheels on this dually truck) were the same.

Now thanks to Stu (truckdog) I see the front two and the single wheel on the rear driver side are the same and have the locking ring that is about 1 1/2" wide that I believe indicates they are the widow makers. See pics of the rear driver and front driver wheels.
 
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The rear passenger side wheels are the same and do not have the bolt heads or the 1 1/2" raised area. If you guys could take a look and give me advice much appreciated. I THINK at this point I have three widow makers and 2 'good' wheels. So I THINK at this point I am looking for 4 more 20" side lock wheels correct????
 
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Nice project you got started there, RC.

Looking forward to your progress.

Hand Motor at least in Jxn was one of the oldest dealers in the state, haven't heard the name in years.

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I believe I am seeing four widow makers (fronts and inner rears) and only one (the outer right rear) that is a locking side ring design. But Iím mostly going by your first group of pictures. The below pictures are some Iíve saved that show the joint around the middle of the rim. Hope these will help you compare yours to see whether the four are widow makers. Stu



 
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Congratulations on your F5 and welcome!! Stu, those pics really drive home the nickname"Widowmakers" man that's scary stuff!!!
 

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