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Old 10-07-2018, 11:31 PM   #1
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1959 International

I have a 1959 International bus and would like some feedback on converting the wheels to something safer. I have read of people using box truck frames and driveline as an upgrade. Is this the best way or is it possible to convert the rearmed and hubs?

My plan is to make a conversion for the family as well as a toy hauler. Thinking of using a 12 valve Cummins unless there is a better option.
I have searched this site and the internet with no success. I was hoping to find more info then I have.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:04 AM   #2
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what do you mean " something safer"?

I have a 54 ford with wayne body, it is going to be set on a 2005 ford f450 chassis, with cummins 12 valve.

there are modern wheels five and six lug that will probably fit your bus. Pictures will help.

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Old 10-08-2018, 06:56 AM   #3
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I would just like to get rid of the split wheels. Something a more modern. I have looked the internet over and can’t find any info on what I will need to do. Will I have to change the rear end, what about the front?
I will get some pictures when I get home today.
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:28 AM   #4
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International tended towards "Dayton" spoked wheels. If so then it is easy to get new rims to fit. Tubeless rims that take a 22.5" tire. Often but not always a 10r22.5. These rims come in a common size of 8.25" width. You may or may not have room for them, and may need the narrower 7.5" width. Clearance on the tie rod ends might be tight.

If a Budd rim not to sure what is out there.
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:37 AM   #5
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Here is a 59 International fire truck with "Dayton wheels" This we are keeping the split rims on because it is local use for parades and antique shows. My bus uses the same wheels but have 10r22.5 tubeless rims and tires on them.
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:42 AM   #6
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five bolt six bolt or eight bolt

there are rims out there but need more information from you to help you find them

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Old 10-08-2018, 09:28 AM   #7
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Any reason other than appearance? The Dayton style are good rims and are multi-piece but not "split" rims (as in the old RH5 "Widowmakers"). Millions & millions of Daytons on the road.
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:41 AM   #8
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Tango, With great respect I have to say that Dayton wheels can have either split rims or tubeless rims. The spoked portion carries the rim, and the rim is likely a split rim if original to the his bus.

I am hoping the photo of the fire truck can be seen in enough detail to see the wheel and rim. Being a 59 International it should be relavent to his bus, at least hopefully.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:03 AM   #9
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I will get the bolt pattern this afternoon. I honestly donít know the difference of the wheels. I am new to that old of a bus. If they are turn out to not be dangerous I am not opposed to running them. But I wouldnít mind the newer look.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:20 AM   #10
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From memory I believe they are five bolt. In your opinions would I be better off to put the body on a box truck frame for the better brakes and suspension, or make do with the original? As far as I know the wheels are original to the bus.
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