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Old 06-14-2011, 11:09 AM   #1
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Hey all, I am in the process of preparing to bring home our latest find, and I need some info. I want to get new wheels and tires as well as new bearings before the 2,000 mile plus journey. Does anyone off the top of their head know what the wheel size, lug pattern, and bearing size was for 1956 trailers?

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Old 06-14-2011, 11:39 AM   #2
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One option is to buy new axles/brakes, and wheels and tires to match. Then they can be put on the trailer before the 2,000+ mile drive. Isn't Southwest near you?
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Yes Dave...the idea is to buy these items before it is transported to Texas, but I need to know the sizes first.

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What did you find, Steve?

Pretty sure it'll be 6 bolt 5 1/2" pattern, same as my '57. Don't know on the bearings, but I'd think that grease seals will be hard to find for the old axle.

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Yes Dave...the idea is to buy these items before it is transported to Texas, but I need to know the sizes first.

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Well, yes, but if you buy new correct-sized axles/brakes up front, you just need to buy wheels that will fit your new hubs - instead of buying wheels, then having those wheels limit your brake/axles choices when you decide to change the axles later.

'56 axles often don't have conical spindles/bearings, and you probably really want that...
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Hey all, I am in the process of preparing to bring home our latest find, and I need some info. I want to get new wheels and tires as well as new bearings before the 2,000 mile plus journey. Does anyone off the top of their head know what the wheel size, lug pattern, and bearing size was for 1956 trailers?

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Steve a shot in the dark here after looking at my notes from a 54 and the current 61

The wheels should be 6 bolt 5.5 inch circle
The seal is probably a national 203034

The inner bearing is a timken 2788

The outer bearing is either a tyson 1779 or a timken 1778. Based on the similarity of the numbers, one digit, I suspect there is a typo in my notes and one of those numbers is wrong.

Everything seemed to be the same between my 54 and 61 in regards to bearings and seals.

All that being said, if it were me I would just jack it up, pack the bearings, slap on some tires and go and worry about details like seals when i got home unless I found something obviously wrong when I inspected it..

Actually you may want to obtain wheels since a 56 will have split rims and you should probably not use them

Of course get the lights and brakes working.
I have moved numerous trailers cross country that had sat for years, with no problems doing that.
You will have a spring suspension so any problems there should be obvious.

I do carry one set of bearings with me in my trailers but have never had to use them doing as above and have towed several hundred K miles delivering new and old trailers.
Good luck with the project
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