1980s Viscount poptop wheels

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Hi there, my son has a 1982 16ft Viscount poptop and we are unable to determine the make/model of wheel that is fitted to it. Wheel dia is 14 inch, with a pcd of (approx) 106mm [is not 103 or 108]. Mechanics/Auto parts retailers/Wreckers/Caravan spares businesses have been unable to help identify it. A friend of my son also had the same problem with a 1987 Viscount Aerolite. Does anyone know where Viscount sourced their wheels from in the 1980s? The hubs are 5 stud Girlocks. Appreciate any help or leads. Thanks all.
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Reply By: Dunaruna - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 20:30

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 20:30
Three choices in those days - Ford, early holden (HT) or late holden(HQ). Early holden where very common.

New are definitely available, the caravan spares place should carry them!

Try here -

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Reply By: macola51 - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 20:50

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 20:50
Thanks Dunaruna, but we lucked out there. Holdens have 107.95 pcd up to and including HG, and then 120.65 from HQ on. Ford have 114.5 so I'm told. No Holden or Ford as low as 106 from what we can find out so far. Thanks for your information. cheers...
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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 21:07

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 21:07
Before they went to 14inch, EK, EJ, EH. thats the era to look at.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: splits - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 23:15

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 23:15
Are you sure it is not close to 108? That would make it a 4 1/4 inch which is a very common size in both four and five stud patterns. Holden used it from the FE in 1956 up to the HG, the Toranas and four 4 cylinder Commodore. Volvo had it for decades and might still be using it. There is bound to be plenty of others.

Just about every box trailer and caravan in those days came with a choice of Holden or Ford (4 1/2") wheels. I could not imagine Viscount using something that was rare.

If you really do have something rare and you happen to live within range of a company that makes custom wheels, then there is a good chance they could identify them.

It might also be worth trying tyre services. Their charts on aftermarket wheels usually list the PCD and back spacing and there is always the chance a tyre fitter will be able to identify it by sight.

Brian
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Reply By: furph - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 08:05

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 08:05
I had a 1980 Viscount 14' 6" poptop with 14" wheels.
Bought 4 new rims, Holden, I think HG?, but they went straight on.
The ones I bought were for L/T tyres, was told they also fitted to the early Holden 1 tonner.
From memory about $45/rim + tyres (tubeless)
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Follow Up By: furph - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 08:18

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 08:18
PS Just measured a spare hub I have.
The stud diam is 7/16"
C/C of the studs is 2.5" (63.5mm)
PCD 4.25" (108mm)
furph
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 12:09

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 12:09
Ensure what ever wheel you get to fit is fit for duty, if you put a std car rim on, it will crack under the weight of the van on one wheel around a corner....the bottom line is...the early 1 tonner rim or even better a sunraisier rim by ROH to suit heavy duty
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Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 12:09
Ensure what ever wheel you get to fit is fit for duty, if you put a std car rim on, it will crack under the weight of the van on one wheel around a corner....the bottom line is...the early 1 tonner rim or even better a sunraisier rim by ROH to suit heavy duty
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Reply By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) 4124 - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 23:59

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 23:59
Viscount used Holden HG wheels. You can still buy new rims at Camec today.

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