View Full Version : Other: Tires/Rims for M15 Studebaker

07-11-2017, 05:20 PM
OK some one must have had this issue. I have 20 inch split ring rims on my M15 Studebaker. No one around here will even touch split rings and I have googled it and guess I understand why. So how do I get a mor normal tire on the truck? The only option I hav found so far is to cut apart two rims and weld something together but that sounds wrong....So how have others solved this issue?

07-11-2017, 05:54 PM
try a truck stop for repairs. they do it on "big rigs".

07-11-2017, 06:28 PM
No I would like to get rid of the split rings and find a different rim

07-11-2017, 08:43 PM
I have a M15A with the 17" wheels. I have put a few different tires on it to keep it rolling around the yard. On my wheels they are a one piece ring. a little hard to maneuver on and off, but they seem to really seat in snug when they go back together. You indicated wanting new rims. I talked to the tire guy at work, who has lots of experience with truck tires, and he said there are places that will take your old wheels and turn them into a drop center. Also some motor home chassis used that 5 on 8.5 wheel spacing. You could buy new 20" steel wheels and weld in the existing holes, then drill the pattern that you need. That type of work would likely need to be done by a qualified shop, where everything could be centered on a lathe or something. Unless you have power steering, I suggest staying with a pretty narrow tire.

Mrs K Corbin
07-12-2017, 08:35 AM
There's a place in Nashville that does custom wheel holes.... it's done on a CNC Mill, very accurate.

Neal in NM
07-12-2017, 09:57 AM
I am currently running 19.5 BUDD wheels on the front of my '48 M16. I found the wheels on a late 70's rv that was in a wrecking yard. The tallest tire I can find is an 8r-19.5 which are about an inch in diameter smaller than the original 20" wheels. Check out Studebaker truck talk. http://www.network54.com/Forum/23885 others have already done the same thing and may have extra wheels. Neal

07-12-2017, 10:52 AM
No I would like to get rid of the split rings and find a different rim

I have no huge opinion, one way or another, on this. Except to say, that I have a '55 chassis in my barn with "TWO PIECE" rims, but not "SPLIT" rings. The two piece wheels are much safer than split ring rims, but most shops, I know of, view them the same. I know of two local fatalities from servicing split ring rims, and during my work as a vocation rehab specialist, one of my blind clients was blinded due to a split ring wheel blowing apart and hitting him in the forehead.

I never owned a "safety cage," but for the trucks I have had with split ring wheels, I used a tire chuck with a long pipe extension to keep my hands and arms out of the way when adjusting air pressure. I never experienced a failure, but the possibility was always on my mind when adding air.

Mrs K Corbin
07-13-2017, 08:25 AM
Use the tire chuck that "clamps" on, put the tire under the truck and stay away from the thing, or use a safety cage.