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'55 International Metro Stepvan

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Austin TX

10-13-2006 13:08:04




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I'm looking for suggestions where I might acquire wheels for this van. It is located 90 miles from my house and does'nt any rims on it now. I am having difficulty finding out lug pattern(number of lugs and diameter or spacing of lugs). In addition. I do not know the size of lug nuts or bolts. Can someone furnish tire size and possible alternate makes and models that have same wheels? Thanks

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Joe(TX)

10-16-2006 10:52:43




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 Re: '55 International Metro Stepvan in reply to Austin TX, 10-13-2006 13:08:04  
I guess it depends on which metro van it is. I have a Metro Mite which has a 4 cylinder Morris engine and it has 5 bolt on 4 1/2 wheels.



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Buzzman72

10-14-2006 07:35:15




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 Re: '55 International Metro Stepvan in reply to Austin TX, 10-13-2006 13:08:04  
I'm assuming that what you have are the 6-lug wheels on a 7-1/2" bolt circle, with a 6" center hole...same as International used on 3/4 and 1-ton trucks from the 1940's thru 1968, and used by Ford on some 1-ton trucks thru 1964 [Ford's center hole might be a little smaller]. These wheels are getting more rare all the time, but the good news is that a lot of IH folks are trying to get rid of them. Go to www.oldihc.org and go to the L-R-S series discussion on the Truck Talk forum, and I'm sure you'll find someone who can help you out.

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Austin TX

10-15-2006 07:30:54




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 Re: Re: '55 International Metro Stepvan in reply to Buzzman72, 10-14-2006 07:35:15  
Thanks for the info Buzzman72. prior to your reply, I reviewed any and all posts relating to the subject and found a post that think might have been by you. That post also included dodge and studebakers prior to '68. I also found pictures by Dale Brashers in oldihc.com. On a different subject; I have what appears to be conflicting information on year,model and make of the metro(Model# LM122, Body# L9550, SN 79990, Chassis# 8428, Make: International SD220). I have found reference to '55 RM(metros) and '56 S-series in Binderbooks.com., but nothing on LM models or SD makes.

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Buzzman72

10-15-2006 08:50:48




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 Re: Re: Re: '55 International Metro Stepvan in reply to Austin TX, 10-15-2006 07:30:54  
The LM-122 makes it an L-series (L) Metro (M) van, in 3/4-ton (120, 121, and 122, depending on actual GVW of the van). While the L-series trucks were generally designated as 1950-'52 model years, some were titled in the year they were sold, rather than the year they were built/designated by the factory, in some states. So yours may have been built as a '52, but not titled until '55. So try '50-'52 year models for LM parts and service manuals at Binderbooks (service manual will be the CTS-11, but there may also be a Metro body supplement available).

And the SD-220 is the engine designation. The SD engines were available as 220 and 240 cubic inches, and they were International-built sixes with Delco-Remy electricals (starter, generator, distributor). So the SD-220 is simply the engine designation, and the make is International.

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