Looking for split-rim for M15 (1941)

Looking for split-rim for M15 (1941)

Joined: June 7th, 2017, 4:19 pm

June 7th, 2017, 4:43 pm #1

Hello all,

I'm in need of one split rim wheel for my 1941 M15 box truck. It's an old REA delivery truck. Has a bum rim... if anyone knows where I might find one please let me know. 5 bolt pattern. It's the rear wheel... not a dually.

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Matt
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June 7th, 2017, 8:47 pm #2

On a 1941 the Budd part number will likely be on the flat surface of the concave side center disc. If not there it might be on the concave side rim lip. I believe some trucks had 20" wheels and some had 17". Last question, where are you located? At minimum I should be able to give a description of the wheel from its number to allow me or someone else to try to match it. Stu
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June 8th, 2017, 3:02 am #3

Hello all,

I'm in need of one split rim wheel for my 1941 M15 box truck. It's an old REA delivery truck. Has a bum rim... if anyone knows where I might find one please let me know. 5 bolt pattern. It's the rear wheel... not a dually.

Thanks!
Matt
The wheels are the same whether dual or single. I have several.
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June 8th, 2017, 3:34 am #4

The Budd 44820, 17" x 4.33", is the common M15 wheel. I thought a 20" was also an option. Am I remembering wrong? Stu
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June 8th, 2017, 5:23 pm #5

But the bigger wheels were optional and a few rare trucks had those. In my opinion the 17" wheels are the better looking ones for those trucks unless you want to go for the overkill look.
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June 8th, 2017, 8:38 pm #6

On a 1941 the Budd part number will likely be on the flat surface of the concave side center disc. If not there it might be on the concave side rim lip. I believe some trucks had 20" wheels and some had 17". Last question, where are you located? At minimum I should be able to give a description of the wheel from its number to allow me or someone else to try to match it. Stu
Yes, it's a 17" I'm sure. Can't seem to locate the part number. Does the tire have to be off the rim to find it? It's still on at the moment. Can text or email pictures also, no photobucket account.

I'm in Northern Illinois.
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June 8th, 2017, 8:41 pm #7

The wheels are the same whether dual or single. I have several.
Ted,

I'm in need of 1 rim. Yes, it's a 17", but as of yet I can't confirm the part number. I can text or email pictures if that would help? Where are you located?

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Matt
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June 8th, 2017, 10:16 pm #8

On early wheels the number is located on the flat surface of the concave side center disc. On somewhat later wheels the number was stamped into the concave side rim lip. As said, the most common wheel that I've found on M15s, and seen reflected in the catalogs is the Budd 44820 / Studebaker 666275. But my references focus on post war trucks and don't do back to 1941 on M15s. I have several of these wheels, but would hope you could find your part number to ensure a correct match. I'm in central Illinois. Stu
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June 9th, 2017, 2:16 am #9

Ted,

I'm in need of 1 rim. Yes, it's a 17", but as of yet I can't confirm the part number. I can text or email pictures if that would help? Where are you located?

Thanks,
Matt
Matt: I am in New York State. I have several 17 inch wheels for the M15 or the R15 They are the same wheel. I have them with good tires mounted on them or a wheel that needs to be sandblasted and painted. Not sure what they should sell for but I will sell for $50 plus freight.
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June 9th, 2017, 6:49 am #10

Per my references the M15s used Budd type stud piloted wheels, the #44820 17" x 4.33" I mentioned. The 2R15 used Motor Wheel Corporation #83292 / Studebaker #677009 which is hub piloted. They don't interchange. I too have several of the 44820s on the shelf if the number is a match on the early 1941 trucks. Stu
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June 10th, 2017, 3:32 am #11

I have no argument with your research as it is correct. I have wheels here from an M15 and an R15 and it could be that someone put an R15 differential under the M15. However the wheels have the beveled holes which lead me to believe they will fit with stud centered rim. They will fit the R15 axle which as you say are hub centered. The M15 they came from was not a complete truck so who knows what the history is.
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June 11th, 2017, 7:13 pm #12

Here are a couple pictures of one of the good wheels. I hope to locate the part number tonight, will let you know what I find.

I appreciate your help.
- Matt
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June 12th, 2017, 2:43 pm #13

I don't see your pictures. Here is the Budd 44820. If you don't find a number the 44820 measures 17" x 4.33", measured across the inner rim base. It measures 7.25" from the concave side center disc to a straight edge laid across the concave rim lips. If these measurements don't match your wheels there were other wider 17" DRW type Budds made over the years that might have been swapped on to the truck. Stu


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June 12th, 2017, 7:46 pm #14

Sorry about the photos... not sure what happened. But I was able to confirm the part number, It's 44820.

Where are you at in Illinois? What are you asking for one?

Thanks,
Matt
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June 12th, 2017, 8:23 pm #15

I'm out in the country north of Rochester and east of Springfield. But it's easy to find me. I'd do same money Ted mentioned. If you come here you can have your pick of the ones on the shelf. Email me and I'll give directions. Stu
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