I moved this post from another topic ("Offering Advice on Spare Tires - from experience!") because it is specific to split-rim (widowmaker) wheels:
Originally Posted by lily
Split rims have been out of service for some time now. No shop I know of will touch them anymore. If you have them on your bus, replace them, but I am pretty sure nothing that was in service in the last 30 years or more has them.
As the_experience03 mentioned, there are wheels that use a split locking RING....
I'm dreaming of a classic Dodge (late 1960's/early 70's); I've seen them from time to time on Craigslist but I don't yet have the money for the purchase, storage, and renovation. So this is a good time to plan ahead, I figure.
How can I spot a split rim without attempting suicide? Also, if I end up with a bus that has 'em, are replacements easy to find? Dodge uses 20" wheels with either six or ten studs, or the five-spoke type. I've seen Alcoa aluminum rims that look like they'd fit the ten-stud mount, though I'd have to verify that. They'd spiff up my rig, too.
If I go with the Craigslist route and buy a skoolie far away from home, I consider it likely that it'd need work before I could driving it back (or an expensive transport service). I wouldn't "F" around with old tires or iffy wheels.