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  • I glass beaded my rims and found a number stamped

    As I was removing my old tires from my 57 Transtar pickup rims the guys at the shop told me on the older cars the date of manufacture is stamped on the rims. Sure enough as I was glass beading them today I came across the number and a name. The name is not shown in the pic. It is after the number. The number is:
    C 2 15x6L 44321-E-3 57 Budd



    Does anyone know what this translates to? Is it merely a part number by the manufacturer? This number is the same on all five of my rims. I have a spare. I've taken a guess at the numbers below.

    C = ? (for a C-cab Stude)?
    2 = ?
    15 = Wheel diameter
    6 = Wheel width
    L = ? not clear in the pic but it is a capital L
    44321 = ?
    E = ? (my truck is a 3E7)
    3 = ? (my truck is a 3E7)
    57 = Year of manufacture
    Budd = Name of manufacturer which if I'm not mistaken is
    still manufacturing rims today.

    Any clues to the meaning of these numbers would be of interest to me. Hopefully Mr. Drumheller reads this. He seems to be good with the numbers. Thanks in advance.



    [img=left]http://farm1.static.flickr.com/158/360197307_8639ee4a46_m.jpg[/img=left]
    ~Nitram~
    57 Transtar
    Lancaster, PA

  • #2
    My guess is that it is extremely unlikely that Budd would use any Studebaker identification codes at all, after all they or no one cared if it went on a '56,'57 or '58 or 112 or 122 or 6 or 8, and they did not know what Studebaker would use it on!! [:0]

    The codes are all Budd Corp. info. Most likely something like:
    E= May
    3 = the 3rd.
    1957 = the year

    C 2 could be Plant C, second shift etc.

    44321 = Their part number

    15X6 = the size, "L" the large center hole and bolt pattern for Trucks.

    This guess is probably as good as anyone's, unless we have a former Budd employee here! [^]
    It seems pretty insignificant to me, I would just want to know if my truck had the correct wheels, and apparently you do, even a date matched set, no less! [^]

    StudeRich
    Studebakers Northwest
    Ferndale, WA
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      Matched mopar sets like that go for thousands with the matching dates.

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      • #4
        Try doing a Google search to find an NWRA number glossary.
        NWRA id the National Wheel & Rim Association.
        They should have a glossary somewhere.
        Hope the info helps.
        Jeff[8D]


        http://community.webshots.com/user/deepnhock
        HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

        Jeff


        Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



        Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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        • #5
          [quote]Originally posted by DEEPNHOCK

          Try doing a Google search to find an NWRA number glossary.
          NWRA id the National Wheel & Rim Association.
          They should have a glossary somewhere.
          Hope the info helps.
          Jeff[8D]


          Hey thanks Jeff, I did a google search and couldn't believe what I found for NWRA:

          National Welfare Rights Organization
          National Welfare Rights Union
          National Wellness, Prevention and Fitness Conference
          National Wen-Hua Senior High School
          National Western Club (National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO)
          National Western Life (Insurance Company)
          National Western Life Insurance (stock symbol)
          National Western Stock Show
          National Western Stock Show
          National Westminster
          National Westminster (UK bank)
          National Westminster Bank
          National Westminster Bank
          National Westminster Bank Plc
          National Westminster Bank plc v Spectrum Plus Limited
          National Westminster Bank, Liverpool
          National Westminster House
          National Westmister Bank
          National Wetlands Coalition
          National Wetlands Inventory
          National Wetlands Research Center
          National Wetlands Research Center
          National Wheat Diseases Screening Nursery
          National Wheat Weavers Association (Hutchinson, KS)
          National Wheel & Rim Association
          National Wheelchair Athletic Association
          National Wheelchair Basketball Association
          National Wheelchair Basketball Association
          National Wheelchair Basketball League (Australia)
          National Whistleblower Center
          National Whistleblower Center
          National White Collar Crime Center (US Department of Justice)
          National White Collar Crime Center (US FBI)
          National White Dove Release Society
          National Wholesale Directory Assistance Service (Bell South)
          National Wholesale Liquidators
          National Wholesale Liquidators
          National Wide Area Network
          National Wild and Scenic River
          National Wild and Scenic River Act
          National Wild and Scenic Rivers
          National Wild Turkey Federation
          National Wilderness Area
          National Wilderness Preservation System
          National Wildfire Coordinating Group
          National Wildfire Coordinating Group
          National Wildfire Mitigation Program
          National Wildflower Center
          National Wildflower Research Center

          I scrolled down to the bottom of this site:
          http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.co...im+Association
          Would you believe all the above acronyms had direct links to their site except National Wheel and Rim. Apparently Wheel and Rim doesn't have an official site.
          I've also been Googling Budd but they must have been bought out by another company. Can't find any info on them either. I'll keep on looking.





          [img=left]http://farm1.static.flickr.com/158/360197307_8639ee4a46_m.jpg[/img=left]
          ~Nitram~
          57 Transtar
          Lancaster, PA

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          • #6
            Google is still your friend (if you give it a chance ). I did a search on "National Wheel and Rim Association" and found that they merged on January 1, 2006 with the Council of Fleet Specialists to form the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network. I did no looking on their site to see if it has the info you need, but here is the link.

            http://www.cvsn.org/about.asp

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