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Rim Identification

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by MrGreenJeeps, Jun 12, 2022.

  1. Jun 12, 2022
    MrGreenJeeps

    MrGreenJeeps New Member

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    Have a set of four rims that came with a bunch of other old Jeep parts. They have metal tabs for hubcaps. I have never seen any like this before. Thought maybe early 2 wd wagon/truck but has large openings for hubs.

    Please let me know if anyone can ID these rims.

    Thanks!
     

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  2. Jun 12, 2022
    Keys5a

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    What size are the rims, 15” or 16”? What is the width, likely 5 or 5 1/2”? This is measured inside the beads.
    I have two similar 16” rims, only my hubcap retaining clips are not riveted to the rim. Mine just have rectangular holes and I have only around 7 clips total.
    Mine came on a ‘62 Delivery thats 2wd with the heavy beam front axle. I have never dismounted a tire, so I don’t the actual width. I believe Dave (Wheelie) has had some rims similar to yours.
    Your rims are likely from a 2wd Wagon like a Maverick. If so, that would make them 15”.
    -Donny
     
  3. Jun 13, 2022
    MrGreenJeeps

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    Thanks for the response. They are 15". I cant remember the width but I remember them being narrow. I was also thinking 2wd but wondered why the center opening was large enough for a 4wd hub. Thanks
     
  4. Jun 13, 2022
    Keys5a

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    The “later” 2wd Wagons went to a conventional “C” channel frame like the 4wd wagons and our CJs used, probably starting around ‘56. They used conventional leaf springs and a cast beam axle that used the large 5 on 5 1/2 bolt pattern like the 4wd Willys vehicles.
    The early 2wd Willys Wagons up through around ‘55 used a light gauge fabricated frame and a Planar independent front suspension with a single transverse leaf spring. These early 2wd versions had a smaller hub with a smaller bolt circle (4 3/4”?)
    The 2wd Wagons typically came with hubcaps, some being retained with the clips like those on your set of wheels. -Donny
     
  5. Jun 13, 2022
    oldtime

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    I pretty much agree with with Don. I would certainly guess them to be from a 50’s wagon. But what I’m seeing are non creased disks. Non creased disk’s implies mid fifties or earlier. I’m thinking 1956 or maybe even 1957 at the very latest.
     
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  6. Jun 14, 2022
    MrGreenJeeps

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    Thanks for the input! Once again the members on this site are a wealth of information!
     
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