If I switch to G.M. rims on my 67 can I use the stamped steel ones or do they need to be the cast aluminum because of the weight involved. The junk guy says the offset and everything is the same. When I did the brakes everything was dodge. How do I tell if the drums Dodge or Chevy. (bolt pattern can be the same ) What do i uses if they are Dodge.
It doesn’t matter if it is steel or aluminum as long as it has an appropriate weight rating (at least 3000lbs per wheel – more is better). Besides correct bolt pattern and offset, it should also have the correct size center hole. Finally, some steel wheels have a slight indentation on the face that does not fit over the large brake drum.
Moose, you gave me imfo. last yr. on where i could find the article on G.M. wheels & all the measurements. I tried to go back & look it up but could find it or anywhere on new site. Guess i don’t know where to look. Can you please help with either imfo. on wheels or how to find it. Thanks lonnie
Unfortunately, when the old site went down, I lost the original article I wrote on Wheels and tires. I have 16″ X 6.5″ GMC aluminum wheels on my ’66 Clark. They look very nice on the coach, like they were made for it. The center hole is just right and they fit nicely over the drums. The offset does push the wheel out more than the original wheels by an inch or so. I did, however, upgrade my wheel studs to 9/16″.
The bolt pattern is 8 on 6.5. This is the wheel style
Be careful, though! There are cheap Chinese knockoffs that don’t have the same weight rating.
changing rims / Moose are the 9/16 stud up grade something you have to do to run newer rims? Does one need to make special tools to take the front end apart (service u-joints, axles, bearings & such) Does anybody have them to loan or lease?