1956 Willys pickup, largest tire diameter

Willy Wonka

Knuckle Buster
Jun 9, 2021
4
Ventura
First Name
Randy
Willys Model
  1. Pickup
Willys Year:
  1. 1955
I have just acquired my Dad's old Willys pickup, he had the spare tire bracket in shop and I want to put on. I need new wheels and tires and need to know the largest diameter that will fit and not touch the rear driver’s fender. 33”??
 

scramboleer

Super Moderator
Staff member
All-Star
Aug 16, 2011
8,350
San Francisco, California
First Name
Dan
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1964

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Precision Fit
Feb 10, 2017
587
California USA
First Name
Joe
Willys Model
  1. Pickup
Willys Year:
  1. 1953
I have just acquired my Dad's old Willys pickup, he had the spare tire bracket in shop and I want to put on. I need new wheels and tires and need to know the largest diameter that will fit and not touch the rear driver’s fender. 33”??
Attached are pictures of my 53 with the stock 7.00 16 NDT tire (almost exactly 31 inches in diameter) with the bracket in the stock location, and a link to one of my dearly departed 61 with 7.50 16 mud and snow tires that were about 31 1/2 inches.

It might be possible to fit a 33 in there but it would be very tight, when the the 61 was hit in the drivers door and totaled, the frame was kinked and the spare jammed into the cab.

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david0225

Precision Fit
Aug 4, 2013
503
Pittsburgh, PA
First Name
David
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1955
I remember seeing the post about your totalled truck and feeling quite badly for you. Glad to see another pickup in your possession! Don't have anything to add about the tire size, though-sorry.
David
 

Willy Wonka

Knuckle Buster
Jun 9, 2021
4
Ventura
First Name
Randy
Willys Model
  1. Pickup
Willys Year:
  1. 1955
Attached are pictures of my 53 with the stock 7.00 16 NDT tire (almost exactly 31 inches in diameter) with the bracket in the stock location, and a link to one of my dearly departed 61 with 7.50 16 mud and snow tires that were about 31 1/2 inches.

It might be possible to fit a 33 in there but it would be very tight, when the the 61 was hit in the drivers door and totaled, the frame was kinked and the spare jammed into the cab.

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Thank you. Just the diameter info I was looking for. Sounds like if I stay at 32" -31" I will be fine.
 

Willy Wonka

Knuckle Buster
Jun 9, 2021
4
Ventura
First Name
Randy
Willys Model
  1. Pickup
Willys Year:
  1. 1955
Dan, thank you for sharing this list of threads. I will use it often.
 
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