The 1960 -
1966 vintage trucks were equipped with a wide range of tube or tubeless
tires and wheels selected according to the Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating (GVWR) and type of service of the particular truck. The dual rear wheel option was also
expanded to include the C20 series trucks and, on heavy duty series, cast
spoke wheels were also available.
The wheels on both my
1964 C60 and
1966 C60 are 2-piece,
split rim, Firestone
RH-5º style wheels, which have come to be known as the "widow-maker".
The wheels on my
1966 C60 are in great
shape and the tires look to have extremely low mileage and still are
clean with no signs of dry rot due to outgassing. I plan on bleeding off
the air on a couple, breaking then down and doing an inspection. If they
look to be in serviceable condition, they will be media blasted, painted
and reused. I have a local shop with a cage and experience working with
these style wheels.
Another option will be to
use Accuride 28160 1-piece wheels (specifications shown below). These
wheels, when used in conjunction with 10-22.5 tubeless tires, are the
equivalent of the stock 2-piece, split rim, Firestone
RH-5º style wheels and 9.00-20 tube bias ply tires.
While investigating the web
for a resource for Accuride 28160 wheels for my restoration I came
Now, Inc. Their web indicated they could supply these wheels so I
gave them a call. I had a great conversation with
Mike, their Sales Manager. Mike
indicated they currently have
Accuride 28160 wheels in stock and the going price is $335/wheel.
Mike also said that they are working with an overseas manufacturer who
will be building these wheels for them and sometime after the first of
the year they should have an order of 40 delivered to them. Mike said
these wheels will be manufactured to existing Accuride specifications
and quality standards and will be in the $200 - $225 per wheel price
Mike indicated Wheels Now, Inc. has had many inquiries regarding the
Accuride 28160 wheels and, realizing the demand, is pursuing the
partnership with their overseas manufacturing facility. When these new
wheels become available I will be purchasing one (1) wheel to assess
quality and fitment onto my truck. If everything looks good I'll be
ordering six (6) more (6 plus a spare).
I will post pictures and report on the quality and craftsmanship of
these new overseas wheels once I get one delivered. I am excited that we
will now have a resource for these obsolete wheels.