--- I got lucky and the wrecking yard where I got my axle was able to track down the correct VIN. As you may recall from a previous rant...Chevrolet dealers can't seem to find their a$$ with either hand these days unless that have the magic code that is apparently the VIN number. Really? Not only that, they couldn't even find their own TRUCK on their system.
"It's a 1998, Chevrolet, 1-ton C-3500 HD dually pickup
Fer cripes sake...what else do they need!? Google can find it. Yahoo can find it. Even Duck Duck can find it with that information...and an actual Chevrolet DEALERSHIP can't even look it up on their own #@%&# computers!?
Sorry for getting off on that again, but once I gave them the VIN came the next shocker.
Lug nuts are $10.00 a piece
through a Chevy dealer!
That means if I want fresh lugs all around it's going to cost me $300.00! I think I will be making more trips to wrecking yards.
The first 5 lugs ($50.00 worth
)were needed to protect the bolt while I attempted to "adjust" it. One lug seemed to have gotten whacked enough that the rim would not go on so applied a couple of nuts ($20.00 worth
)...then got after it with a big pry bar. Two tweaks and the rim slid on. Apparently the bolts a fairly malleable as it didn't take much to move it the 3mm it was out of alignment.
Anyhow, here is the result...a $70.00 rim that fits and will be held in lace by a hundred bucks worth of lugnuts. Im just glad that the front wheels only use 5 of the lugs.