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In a couple weeks I am getting a 1964 ford f350 with 7.00x17 tires/rims. I priced out tires here in canada and it will cost over $2500. Only one place in town will change tires on split rims and they charge min $50 per rim. So at least another $200. Other problem is tires are not available until March. Not to mention the rating is 1/2 the millage of radials.

I am considering swapping rims to accommodate a 235/80/17 are there any 6 lug rims that will bolt on? Are there any other option other then spending 2700 every few years. Maybe different rims with spacers. I have spoken to a guy who is getting me a price on custom rims that look like originals. However he figures 200-300 per rim. I really want to keep it looking close to time period. It has the original 9 foot box that I plan to restore.

I spoke to a truck shop who said the could put 235/80/17 with heavy duty tubes in them, this idea gets mixed reviews.

Any info will be appreciated as I have no experience with this type of rim.

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do the new wheels .. no question

and maybe talk to the tire guy about tire size options for 17 vs 18 inch wheels --FIRST

I just found a deal on 17 inch winter tires for my truck and there seems many more options for the newer 18 inch rim size than my 17's
 

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Welcome to FordTough! International used the same bolt pattern. Two options I see spend the money on non-lock-ring rims so modern tires and tire shops can be utilized or change the hubs to 8 bolt pattern, 6.5 inch bolt circle. Then you have a wide variety of tire options.
 
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I called every junk yard in a 200 km radius no rims out there. I have little interest In changing hubs.

Is there any reason I cant put 235/80/17 on the slit rims until I can find a better solution. I have been told by the tire shop yes they can but I dont want to be out tires if they dont work
 

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so , I googled wheels with 6x61/2 bolt pattern and got :

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1...kKHcqYBPYQsAR6BAgEEAE&biw=853&bih=413&dpr=1.5

scrolling down the page I see a couple of wheels that at least look similar and coincide with my first thought looking at the pic of your wheel

..looks like the front wheel off a tractor

.. funny thing , the pics on the page ARE "implement wheels"

I wonder IF they are DOT legal...at highway speeds???
 
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is there any reason I can't put radials with tube on the split rims until I find new rims or have them rebuilt. I might have found a guy who might be able to build them locally but I don't know all the specs.

anyone know the offset and back spacing on the firestone rh 5

17 in rim 5.5 6 lug 7.25
 

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my advice would be to ditch the split rims..

I worked at an auto wreckers one summer
a couple of months before I started a guy in the tire shop had a little accident with a split rim on the tire machine
- 2 - 3 months later the blood stain , a BIG one was still on the ceiling above the tire machine
we referred to it as "bruce's" face..as there was quite a bit of it up there..

that said here's some discussion on the topic of new tires on your old rims
hope it helps

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/split-rims.870131/
 

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Split rims require inner tubes. To my knowledge, inner tubes and tubeless tires don't get along too well.
 
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What hoops would I need to have the centers welded in. Anyone already have this done in the maritimes.
 

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Yes some of them do and no they're not legal for highway use on anything other than tractors and such. Not meant for more than 50 km/h.
 
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Every one I've spoken to at the yard says they just use a radial and tube, or swap rear ends or hubs to get a more common wheel, any ideas what bolts up .
 

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At first thought, anything up to 1997. More in depth research would need to be done for a hub swap. Do you know which rear axle you have and what type of front axle you have?
 

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my advice would be to ditch the split rims..

I worked at an auto wreckers one summer
a couple of months before I started a guy in the tire shop had a little accident with a split rim on the tire machine
- 2 - 3 months later the blood stain , a BIG one was still on the ceiling above the tire machine
we referred to it as "bruce's" face..as there was quite a bit of it up there..

that said here's some discussion on the topic of new tires on your old rims
hope it helps

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/split-rims.870131/
nice advice
 

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Hey, thanks for the insights. I'm in search of new wheels at 4wheelonline to replace my current stock. Though I haven't figure out if will stick with the tires currently installed or have it change altogether with the rims.
 

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My thanks ahead of time for any answers. I'm replacing the rear drum brakes and cylinders and I remember hearing somewhere that if you ever remove or need to replace the cylinder and the vehicle has ABS, it must be taken to a shop to have them bleed the air out due to a special system that the ABS includes. I have a Haynes manual that says the same. But other videos and guides don't mention this, just that brakes need to be bled out of course. Do I need to take it in or am I free to do it all at home?
 

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I've never had problems bleeding my own.
 

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My thanks ahead of time for any answers. I'm replacing the rear drum brakes and cylinders and I remember hearing somewhere that if you ever remove or need to replace the cylinder and the vehicle has ABS, it must be taken to a shop to have them bleed the air out due to a special system that the ABS includes. the vehicle treats I have a Haynes manual that says the same. But other videos and guides don't mention this, just that brakes need to be bled out of course. Do I need to take it in or am I free to do it all at home?
no response.
 
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