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07-31-2008, 08:04 PM
what kinda wheels will interchange on a 1955 pickup? ive found my late fathers old 55 and am trying to put it on the road again,its been gone for 35 years.i put a 350 chevy drive line in it ,but dont know what kinda rims to put on it.

07-31-2008, 10:00 PM
Hi Chuck, welcome to the forum. I can't help you with wheels or opinions on them, but there are plenty here that can, and will.

Here's why I'm responding - how long have you lived in Hutchinson? My dad bought his (now my) Studebaker there at Bevan Motor Co. in 1949 and I've been trying to learn some history about that dealership. Any help or information would be gladly received.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner

08-01-2008, 12:08 AM
What size pickup, how many bolts on the wheels? I suspect 15 inch wheels, but it could be 16". Original Stude drums or something else? You didn't say. When I got my 49 1/2 ton pickup it had Stude drums and a set of 5 bolt Chevy wheels (yes, pickups have a different bolt circle than Studebaker cars). The Chevy wheels did not have the same unique little rear "bump" that Stude truck wheels have, and hence the lug nuts could not be tightened such that the wheel was tight against the drum. Since I do not think Stude wheels are safe to run radial tires on you are likely to be forced into an aftermarket wheel to fit Stude drums. If you have non-Stude drums it is a different story.

There is a non-SDC Stude truck forum that can give you lots of info.

08-01-2008, 07:31 AM
okay!its oridginal hubs ,5 bolt 1/2 ton truck, just needed to know if chevy ,ford ,or dodge wheels would work.thanks ,chief

Skip Lackie
08-01-2008, 08:17 AM
Many Chevy/GMC light trucks have the same 5x5" bolt pattern, but as noted by stuvw2mny above, their wheels do not match up well with the Stude truck drums. Also, the Chevy truck wheels came with many different backspacings, so that must be matched to avoid rubbing/interference problems. So the answer is, no other truck wheels are a direct swap without extra work. The solution seems to be to swap both the wheels and the drums from a Chevy/GMC truck.

This subject has been extensively discussed on the Stude truck Forum:
Try the search feature for Chevy drums, and you won't even have to ask a question.

Skip Lackie
Washington DC