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1950 Land Cruiser wheels - bolt pattern

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  • 1950 Land Cruiser wheels - bolt pattern

    Hi:
    I seem to remember that '50 Commanders and Land Cruisers used a different 5 bolt wheel than '51 and later. If this is true, what else (other makes, etc.) will fit a '50 Land Cruiser?

    Thanks
    Howard - Los Angeles chapter SDC
    '53 Commander Starliner (Finally running and driving, but still in process)
    '56 Golden Hawk (3 speed/overdrive, Power steering - Running, but not yet driving)
    '62 GT Hawk (4 speed, A/C, Power steering - running and DRIVING!)

  • #2
    Yes, You are right. Last week, I took off the tires off of my 1951 Land Cruiser to put on my 1950 Commander. They did not work.

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    • #3
      '50 Commander/Land Cruiser wheels

      Roy:
      Do you know what if anything else (other than '50 Commander/Land Cruiser) will fit a '50 Commander?

      Thanks
      Howard - Los Angeles chapter SDC
      '53 Commander Starliner (Finally running and driving, but still in process)
      '56 Golden Hawk (3 speed/overdrive, Power steering - Running, but not yet driving)
      '62 GT Hawk (4 speed, A/C, Power steering - running and DRIVING!)

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      • #4
        In the world of Studebakers... All pre-51 Commanders and Land Cruiser wheels will fit, as will all 41-64 Studebaker half ton truck wheels.

        Granted, most truck wheels will be 16".
        Last edited by mbstude; 11-28-2010, 09:47 PM.

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        • #5
          '50 Commander/Land Cruiser wheels

          Thanks Matthew. Do you know the diameter of the bolt circle? The car is not here or I'd go check it myself. Do you know if GM (Chevy) wheels will work?

          Thanks
          Howard - Los Angeles chapter SDC
          '53 Commander Starliner (Finally running and driving, but still in process)
          '56 Golden Hawk (3 speed/overdrive, Power steering - Running, but not yet driving)
          '62 GT Hawk (4 speed, A/C, Power steering - running and DRIVING!)

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          • #6
            Howard, GM drums was discussed 2 weeks ago on this forum. You should find it. Someone was looking for alternatives to brake drums on their 1950 Commander. Yes there is a GM drum that you can use. Did you purchase that Land Crusier?

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            • #7
              The Stude 1/2-ton truck wheels have a 5 x 5" bolt circle, the same as many Chevy truck wheels. Most Chevy cars have a 5 x 4.75" bolt circle and will not work.
              Skip Lackie

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              • #8
                There are Studebaker 1/2-ton truck wheels that measure 16x4.5" wide, 15x5" wide(later E series), and 15x6" wide (1949 2R through mid-E series), so there are some choices to match the 15x6 wheels on the '50 Commander. For what it's worth, 1940-42 Commanders also have the same drums and 15x6 wheels.

                Here's a link to PDF file of a wheel hole gauge. When you print it out, be sure to set the printer for "no scaling"; that is, 100% of actual size.
                http://www.studegarage.com/images/ot...hole_gauge.pdf

                It's the outward bulge in the truck/Commander drums that keeps many 5-bolt on 5" circle wheels from fitting properly. The centers won't sit flush on the hubs.
                Gary Ash
                Dartmouth, Mass.

                '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
                ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
                '48 M5
                '65 Wagonaire Commander
                '63 Wagonaire Standard
                web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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                • #9
                  Thanks all for the very useful info.
                  Howard - Los Angeles chapter SDC
                  '53 Commander Starliner (Finally running and driving, but still in process)
                  '56 Golden Hawk (3 speed/overdrive, Power steering - Running, but not yet driving)
                  '62 GT Hawk (4 speed, A/C, Power steering - running and DRIVING!)

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                  • #10
                    Howard: As to the 5" bolt circle diameter, what Gary said about the bulge on the brake drums.

                    That said, know that virtually all big GM rear wheel drive cars (older Buicks, Cadillacs, etc.) and half-ton pickups have a 5" bolt circle diameter. All kinds of possibilities there, in terms of exploring at the junk yard. BP
                    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                    Ayn Rand:
                    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Bob!
                      Howard - Los Angeles chapter SDC
                      '53 Commander Starliner (Finally running and driving, but still in process)
                      '56 Golden Hawk (3 speed/overdrive, Power steering - Running, but not yet driving)
                      '62 GT Hawk (4 speed, A/C, Power steering - running and DRIVING!)

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