1950's Chevy wheel stud pattern and size?
Quick intro, I'm a Brit who has moved to Calgary, Canada. This has allowed me to try my hand at modding old skool North American cars or in this case, a truck! :D
So, after spending a long time looking round, I have committed myself to buying a 1950 Chevy truck. I went to look at it last night and I was very impressed at how well it has held up! :eek:
Not a lot of rust at all and very solid everywhere! SO that's a bonus :thumbup:
Anyhow, hopefully I'll be keeping you up to date with pictures and text when I finally get it and that brings me to my first question!
The wheels/tires that come with the truck are pretty much shot and only one holds air, so, can you knowledgeable forum participants tell me what size wheels I would need to buy/borrow just so I can get it on a trailer and then into a garage?
I believe they are 6 stud but I don't know what else uses the same size?? :confused:
Many thanks for your time.
Look up my buddy John Graham in south east Calgary.He works at a local shop(repair) and he might be able to find a few old 6 bolt wheels,,,tires no problem.They may need tubes on the old wheels,probably cheaper to tow if its not far
6 hole wheels were used on some jeeps , I don't know what years, and on some foreign mini trucks, there can be problems with the center hole and wheel to brake drum fit when switching wheels . Ok to move around but you must check carefully when using the Wrong wheels on the highway. I have moved cars and parts on a heavy 4 wheel flat cart, like the home depo-Lowes stores use. I bought mine when a cabinet shop closed down, they have larger wheels than the store ones. they were used in the shop to move large stacks of plywood from the shipping dock into the factory. I haven't tried it but I was told when I had a 56 Chevy Cameo pickup that the passenger car rear axles,and drums were an easy swap, and there were a lot more options with 5 bolt wheels. There are forums just for old chevy trucks. My step son has a 46 truck and said he wished he had got the 50's style , a lot more parts available .
In the early days, they were 16", then in the '60s, they went to 15" wheels, same bolt pattern....
Then in the '90s, or maybe the '00s, they went back to 16" wheels, 'n the Same bolt pattern...
as noted, Jeep used that bolt pattern, 'n the Jap trucks use a pattern that is close, but Metric in nature...
Many thanks for your replies.
As it turned out, one of my friends has got an older Nissan truck and that has 6 bolt pattern wheels, so, I helped him move his car to his new garage and then we whipped 2 wheels off the Nissan and went and picked up my truck!
Here's a few piccies in it's new home :D
Not a bad find at all! Looks pretty darn solid. Good luck with the build.
1950 chev wheels
years ago i had an older 55 or 56 chev truck with 6 hole wheels.i think i got front hubs and drums off of a 52 or 53 chev car they fit the truck spindles so i could use 5 hole mag wheels on front and used 6 hole to 5 hole adapters on the back .at that time 6 hole mag wheels were hard to find and more expensive.
.. I think, surprisingly, Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Jeep, foreign all used 6 bolt wheels with like 5 1/2" bolt circle...
.. Restoring stock drivetrain or upgrading? Chevy engines, although always OHV, surprisingly didn't get an oil pump till like '53 or '54, and then only in deluxe Bel Air car engines the first year... maybe trucks were different... that truck prolly also has the enclosed driveshaft...
6 on 5-1/2"
Chevrolet - all to '48
Chevy/GMC - 1/2 ton 2WD P.U., van to '70
1/2 ton 4x4 P.U., Blazer '71-'94, Suburban, Tahoe '95 - present
'88-'98 3/4 ton light duty with 6-bolt wheels
'03-present Astro, Express vans
LUV 2WD '72-'84
Dodge - D-50, Ram 50 P.U. '79-'87
Ford - Courier PU '72-'84
Isuzu - P'up, Trooper, Rodeo (also Honda Passport), Amigo '82 - present
Jeep - '74-'91 J-series 4x4 (Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Cherokee to '83)
Mazda - P.U. '72-'89
Nissan/Datsun - P.U., Pathfinder '67-'04
Toyota - SR5, Tacoma, Hilux 4WD P.U., Tacoma Crew Cab, T100, Tundra to '06, FJ40, Landcruiser, 4-Runner (some) to '89
While the bolt patterns are all the same it's the centre bore of the wheel that prohibits swapping some of them. Also the offset is drastic on newer ones.
FWIW the old motors all had oil pumps. Just no filter till about 1954.
.. The old motors had splash/dip lubication until oil pumps started... the new in 1955 265" V8 didn't get an oil filter till 1956... although kits available to retrofit them...
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