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Old 01-24-2018, 10:08 AM
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Split a rim this summer so need one or 2 commercial rims for my 1939 Cadillac/La Salle hearse.
measuring across the rim (diameter).....17 3/4" depth.....6 1/4"
12 rivets for each rim 5 bolt holes 5 clips to hold hubcap
tire size...7:50 X 16
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I don't think there was any difference between the standard Cadillac rims and the commercial chassis rims prior to 1957. All 1956 and older Cadillac rims had 12 rivets. I have never weighed the '56 and older rims to do weight comparrisons, but they are visibly identical.
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Thanks for replying Kurt. There is a difference in the rims because I have both from a car and the hearse. The car ones are about 3/4" smaller in diameter and 1/4 in depth I don't know if there is a difference in weight. John
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John,
Are you sure that both sets are original to a '39 Cadillac? I do not know that vintage very well, other than to know that they were all 12 rivet in 1956 and prior.
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Kurt There had to be a standard rim and a commercial rim since as I stated I have both the ones came from an original 1939 four door sedan and I checked with the fellow I got the car from for parts and he said they had never been changed. I cannot be sure that the ones of the s/s hearse where original but painted and pinstripping seemed to be original. I tried to weigh them and on a bathroom scales there is about 2 lbs difference. Thanks again for trying to help me. John
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Are you using radial tires on those rims?
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looks like they split one mounting it. now one can tap the split back and weld it from the out side. then use it for the spare. while your looking for a suitable replacement. you can even get lucky and still mount it tubeless. but I would guess that it's a tube rim.
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Paul: They are bias tires with tubes and load rated for the hearse. Everything has worked fine since putting the hearse back on the road in 2009 until now when we blew the rim apart this summer hardly moving when it did so no damage other than a new tube. John
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Just out of curiosity, was that rim pretty rusty prior to your restoration? It just looks as though there was a lot of corrosion to the inner rim, prior to painting it. If it was heavily rusted at one point, that could have contributed to the split.
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Kurt: Yes there was some rust on the rims but needed them and used the best 4. Since the hearse was restored in 2009 it has covered over 10,000 miles with no trouble until now that is why I posted to see if anyone would have one or two as replacements. John
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