Step Down Rims

blondwookieblondwookie Posts: 225Member
I think that this question has been asked before, yet, i can't seem to locate any of them. I know that Hudson step down car rims are 5 by 4.5 and are for 15 inch tires. What rims were used on the race tracks? I have been told that Hudson rims were not strong enough in the center for aggressive racing. Does anyone know what rims were used for racing back in the day? I have been told that Dodge or Chrysler rims were used because the center of the rims were stronger. Are these statements that i have heard true?

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  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 761Member
    Jack Miller told me they welded two centers in the wheels to double up the thickness.
  • 29sptphaeton29sptphaeton Posts: 359Member
    The rims used for racing were called severe usage rims they have a double center because the stock rims were brakeing. They are very rare to find. I have 5 NOS severe usage rims in the boxes
    in my parts room since the 50’s. 
  • blondwookieblondwookie Posts: 225Member
    How much are you asking for those rims
  • 29sptphaeton29sptphaeton Posts: 359Member
    I may sell my complete NOS Hudson parts inventory  later this year. Nos fenders,rear quarters, rocker panels,karvisors,doors, bumpers,grill guards, and mechanical parts,pistons,rings,connecting rods. I’ll post an add when I’m ready.
  • InlineEricInlineEric Posts: 27Member
    I may sell my complete NOS Hudson parts inventory  later this year. Nos fenders,rear quarters, rocker panels,karvisors,doors, bumpers,grill guards, and mechanical parts,pistons,rings,connecting rods. I’ll post an add when I’m ready.


     I would be interested in all of your step down Parts when you are ready depending on location
  • cheyenne7271cheyenne7271 Posts: 310Member
    I too would like in on the sale when it comes available please
  • ski4life65ski4life65 Posts: 1,114Expert Adviser
    Massachusetts is a long ways away for me. 
  • cheyenne7271cheyenne7271 Posts: 310Member
    Oh crap I didn’t see that
  • BigSkyBigSky Posts: 942Senior Contributor
    Does anyone know exactly what vehicles had the 15x7 rims that work on the Hudson?
  • GlowplugGlowplug Posts: 2,200Expert Adviser
    BigSky said:
    Does anyone know exactly what vehicles had the 15x7 rims that work on the Hudson?
    Severe usage vehicles police, racing and all convertibles received these rims.  They were available as special order at any dealership.
  • BigSkyBigSky Posts: 942Senior Contributor
    Actually I was wondering what Chrysler/ Dodge vehicles came with the rims that work on a Hudson.  That way I can be on the lookout for a set of wider rims.
  • 29sptphaeton29sptphaeton Posts: 359Member
    I have early 50’s Chrysler wire wheels on my 46 Hudson pickup. Early Chrysler products have the same bolt pattern and the holes for the locating pin on the Hudson brake drums. Dodge, Plymouth.DeSoto, and Chrysler Windsor fit. New Yorker and Imperial have a larger bolt pattern.
  • blondwookieblondwookie Posts: 225Member
    Thanks for this info. This will help me a great deal on the rims that I will be using
  • GlowplugGlowplug Posts: 2,200Expert Adviser
    Go to the suspension page on my website https://hudsonrestoration1948-54.com/
    There you will find in the right side of the page information on the wheels and how to measure etc.  
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