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Old 10-25-2004, 11:13 PM
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I went and pulled her out this weekend, and other than a blown tire on a suicide rim it all went well! The steering and clutch work well the brakes are a no go, lol we had to pull it out with a Versitille 935! Which is a big mother of a tractor.

I also found out since a suicide rim is illegal to use i have no way of putting tires on it But my autobody instuctor thinks he has one layin around.Since i will soon be done my practice panel, i will be starting on my truck and i was wondering what would be the place to start with body repair.

I was thinking either the rear fenders and box or the front fenders. I have looked into replacement parts at the local parts supply and it seems on cab corners are available, but my cab has no rust except the surface rust on the roof.

If anyone has a few bits of advice or what ever anything is appreciated.
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Old 10-26-2004, 07:10 AM
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What are you calling a suicide rim? Got a pic of those rims? You can put any rim on that drum that fits the bolt pattern. Just measure the bolt to bolt distance and shop for new/used rims. Those tires probably have inner-tubes in them...its probably rotten or just has a hole in it.


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Old 10-26-2004, 07:46 AM
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I think he means a donut??
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Old 10-26-2004, 08:01 AM
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Probably split rims, I have even seen them on old 1/2 ton trucks with 15 inch rims. If you did not get the ring seated right it would come off when inflated and injure or kill the person working on the tire.
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Old 10-26-2004, 08:10 AM
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First thing I got for my 72 truck was a set of rims to replace the split rims. They are still legal to run here as far as I know, but to find anyone that works on them is getting harder all the time. I have done it but without a cage it is dangerous, I would clip the air chuck to the stem and control the air supply from the other end of the hose, 60 feet away. I never had any problems with them but if you do have one I felt it was better to be a comfortable distance away.
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Old 10-26-2004, 08:47 AM
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Those split rims are very dangerous, I knew a guy who had his jaw shattered by one coming apart. I don't know of anybody who will work on them anymore. It would be better to upgrade your rims than trying to keep those dangerous things.
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Old 10-26-2004, 01:23 PM
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Nice find! Post some pics when you get some...
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Old 10-26-2004, 09:05 PM
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I would start on the front first. You can drive it without a bed but you can't drive it without a front end.
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Old 10-26-2004, 09:10 PM
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First thing I got for my 72 truck was a set of rims to replace the split rims. They are still legal to run here as far as I know, but to find anyone that works on them is getting harder all the time. I have done it but without a cage it is dangerous, I would clip the air chuck to the stem and control the air supply from the other end of the hose, 60 feet away. I never had any problems with them but if you do have one I felt it was better to be a comfortable distance away.
when i bought my 69, the owner tried to give me the set of split rims that came with it origonally...he still has those rims.
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Old 10-26-2004, 09:33 PM
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Hey

i have more pics ill post them in my gallery. the split(suicide) rim separates in the middle and is only held on by a small lip, so they have a big tendancy to braek apart.
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Old 10-26-2004, 09:56 PM
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TRASH THEM!!!!! Be not

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