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Old 01-04-2006, 10:42 PM
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Keep the truck rear or trade it?

I have collected some parts over time for building my 28 roadster pickup. One was a free 9" from a 70's Ford truck. I am trying to decide what to do with the wheel pattern. Ford trucks have the huge 5 x 5 1/2" pattern.

I am up in the air on how to build the front suspension. I might go traditional and use a model A front end or I might go modern using Camaro disks. If I go with Camaro disks up front, the bolt pattern is way different than the rear and I would like to carry a spare since I plan to do some long road trips. I don't want to have to carry two.

Sooo, can I just swap out drums and axles with a passenger car to get 5 x 4 1/2 and just use a unilug rim that would fit the Ford and Chevy bolt patterns?

If I stayed with the stock model A, what is the bolt pattern? Isn't it 5 x 5 1/2? Will the stock spoke wheels fit on a modern Ford truck rearend?

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you can buy chevy front rotors with the 5x5 ford bolt patern from www.speedwaymotors.com ph 402-323-3200. The ford trucks used the same patern.
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You could just have your 9" axles drilled to the new 5 lug pattern that you choose for the front. Your local machine shop should have no problem doing that.
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I may have the same problem in the spring. The drilling axles sounds like the best way out. Do you have any idea of the cost to drill the axles and drums and then install new studs? Just a guesstimate?
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I don't know what the cost would be.

I looked in this because I recently put a Bronco 9" in my '71 1/2 Chevy PU. So I have 5x5 on the front and 5x5.5 on the rear. I won't be running the same size wheels front and rear though so I probably won't bother changing mine.
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In my case, the front will probably be 5 X 4.5 (aerostar-small ford) and the rear will be a 5 X 5.5 (9"-large ford). Thats a big problem for a spare. Other wise I would not care.


In your case, could you get a uni-lug spare wheel, since the sizes are close? Just a thought.
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True, uni-lugs would work. My chassis is actually sitting on four matching wheels right now. Just so happens that the old custom wheels I ran on the truck are drilled for both 5" and 5.5", I lucked out
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