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Old 04-16-2011, 01:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What year dually wheels interchange? Need wheels for OLD vehicle...

Last year I inherited a Winnebago on a 1979 Dodge Tradesman dually van chassis when my grandfather passed away. It is sitting in Southern California and I have to pick it up soon. Problem is the tires are the original BIAS PLY tires from 1979 on white steel wheels. Since I am in Texas, I need to figure out what would fit without being there to measure the bolt pattern.

I might be able to swing a trip early next month to go get it, but it needs tires before hitting the road. I figure a set of take-off stockers would be the cheapest route for good tires, I just need to figure out if the bolt pattern from 1979 would be the same today. I could drive out with my wife and pick up wheels and tires somewhere in NM, AZ or CA to just put underneath the beast before driving it home for less than the amount of new tires and get the added benefit of ditching the white steel wheels that came from the factory for something a little more asthetically pleasing.

Anybody know?
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nobody knows???
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I know it's not a question involving lifts or the latest fad, but surely somebody knows how the 70's Dodge bolt patterns compare to today's...
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I guess I could revisit this in case anyone else runs across the same problem I have...

The 78-80 Dodges and Fords came with a "new" safety feature, an alternating taper pattern on the rim. Half of the holes taper in and half taper out. There is an alignment pin in order to ensure you have them properly positioned on the axle during installation.

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1980 E/F350 wheels came in 16" with the alternating pattern. These wheels are getting rare and usually run in the $90-100 each price range. I could have gotten a set, but I decided to just wait and have my RV shipped to me. I will slap one last set of 8.75x16.5LT bias plys on it and keep my eyes peeled for a 94-98 12V 2wd dually that has been rolled for cheap. I will just transplant the drivetrain from the truck into the RV (rear axle included), source front hubs from a 1981+ B300 van chassis, and use the wheels from the donor rig. I will also beef up the rear frame extensions, add air bags and a custom hitch and use it as a camping/tow rig for the off-road toys at the same time.
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I think it might have the coined wheel's like the first gen truck's 16.5's ?but I believe the bolt pattern is the same thou if that help's Also what part of So Cal is it in ? pm me I might beable to help look it over for you .
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Its in Santa Monica... I was out there in February and discovered the issue first-hand.

I am now pricing out having it hauled vs. taking the gamble of hauling it myself. I can do it, but those damn Nazis in CA require a Class A license for a trailer rated over 10k. Mine is a 14K bumper pull. If I can get a price anywhere close to $1/mile, I'll jump all over it. As of now the closest bid was about $1.60/mile. I am in no hurry.
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