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'68 Custom Fleetside: Wheels and Axles

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The rest of the parts I needed arrived (well, sort of). The axles are pretty straight forward, though they might not look it. The Custom Fleetside used bent axles with delrin wheel bearings. This gave the car suspension, and the delrin bearings allowed the wheels to spin freely and smoothly. These reproduction axles I bought from eBay look like they will do the trick. They even shipped with strange clear Redline wheels (they aren’t the right size for the Fleetside, but it’s the thought that counts).

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Speaking of wheels, there are many variations of Redline wheels. They come in several sizes (which differ per car), different mounting styles (which differ by year), and different finishes (which differ by country of manufacturer). There is good information out there on Redline wheels (good information, good pictures); however what is important at the moment is that the Custom Fleetside uses medium bearing-style wheels. When I got the package in the mail, I realized I ordered newer cap-style wheels... Whoops!!

I went ahead and ordered the correct wheels, which should be here next week. However, I still had the dilemma of the now unusable cap-style wheels. After a bit of pondering, I came up with a partial solution...

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Illustration for article titled 68 Custom Fleetside: Wheels and Axles

This arrives sometime next week.

Finished “vinyl” roof, as requested by vdubyajohn
Finished “vinyl” roof, as requested by vdubyajohn
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I now (or soon will) have two sets of both bearing-style and cap-style Redline wheels available. If anyone needs a set of Redline wheels (vdubyajohn?) let me know.

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