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58 Hawk
06-23-2017, 06:41 AM
I know there are repo wire wheel caps but didn't someone make the complete wire wheel assembly ? where are they available ?

jts359
06-23-2017, 10:45 AM
Dayton wire wheels and Borrani are the only ones I can think of . There was Kelsey Hayes but I don't know if they make them any more . Ed

warrlaw1
06-23-2017, 11:39 AM
If you are talking "caps" they were an accessory from 53 on. In 55 they were standard on the Speedster. Bolt on, but you should have your wheels balanced with them on. They are heavy.

StudeRich
06-24-2017, 12:52 AM
It appears that Joe needs the Studebaker Wire Wheel Covers, the WIRES! Not Wire Wheels, Not Caps.

As far as I know they were never reproduced and are quite rare in good condition.

58 Hawk
06-24-2017, 06:19 AM
I have the caps just wondering if they ever reproduced the bolt on wire wheel ........I have the caps which are like new but the gold paint is missing need to have a gold paint to redo the caps . any suggestions on what gold paint to use on center of cap?

bezhawk
06-24-2017, 07:26 AM
Go to a hobby or craft store, and get translucent yellow stained glass paint. It will look gold over the polished stainless.

53 Commander
06-24-2017, 11:22 AM
The wire covers were on other makes for that year with each make having their own cap. Search them on ebay.

56GH
06-24-2017, 12:35 PM
I don't know if it's still available, but I used VHT Metal Tint, SP-233 Gold, from Sperex Corporation, Gardena, CA, on my AC-2799 spoke-style wheelcovers on my former 56J. A couple of light spray coats used to do the job. But Bleche Wite white sidewall tire cleaner strips it!

Bill L.

jts359
06-25-2017, 10:43 AM
But you gotta love the look of wire wheels on a Hawk or Speedster

riversidevw
06-25-2017, 04:53 PM
Complete sets of the simulated wire wheel covers ("baskets") and caps show up periodically on eBay. Seem to typically be in the $300-$400 range. I bought one of those sets a few months ago. All in good condition but in need of polishing (3M Marine Metal Polish) and that gold paint for the "tristar" emblems. No missing wires or deep scratches. Hairline cracks at the valve stem indentation are common, not a big deal. They were last offered for factory installation in early '56 model year... early Hawk ads and road test photos often show them. A challenge to use with wider, more deeply dished replacement wheels, as they are held in place by lug nuts.

53k
06-25-2017, 07:28 PM
I don't know if it's still available, but I used VHT Metal Tint, SP-233 Gold, from Sperex Corporation, Gardena, CA, on my AC-2799 spoke-style wheelcovers on my former 56J. A couple of light spray coats used to do the job. But Bleche Wite white sidewall tire cleaner strips it!

Bill L.Bleche Wite took the gold off original caps too. Don't ask me how I know.

64V19816
06-27-2017, 08:46 AM
My 66 Daytona has Tru Spoke wire wheels. Very trouble free and the look great. I think they are about 500$ each or so.

345 DeSoto
06-27-2017, 09:08 AM
The 15" Wires are all the same, no matter what brand car they came from. However, the baskets that bolt to them, and the caps, are all Model specific. Wires are a lot easier to find than the Studebaker specific baskets...