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ddub
01-02-2006, 11:49 PM
I have a set of the wirewheel style hubcaps that need some work. They have split at the valve stem cut out. Has anyone had success repairing this? Also how should the spokes look? Bright? Dull? I believe these are stainless and not chrome. Is that correct?

I would appreciate any input on this.

Don Wilson

Alan
01-03-2006, 12:19 AM
Put a magnet to it and see. and where are you?

StillOutThere
01-05-2006, 11:42 AM
Yes, everything about the cap except the lug bolt-down portion is polished stainless steel. They should be BRIGHT! Try a watered down (50%) mix with hydroflouric acid with a toothbrush on them. This is also used by Jaguar dealers on their old chrome wheels. Rinse very thoroughly with water. PROTECT your hands and your eyes.
Wayne

Wayne Graefen
'53 Commander Starliner & Starlite
'63 Avanti R1

Roscomacaw
01-05-2006, 01:45 PM
Don,

I've seen a number of those wire sections that were cracked where you say yours is. It must be a stressed area - and of course, the weakest part of the ring. As Still says, it's all stainless save for the "bucket" that the lug nuts hold in place.
Anything can be repaired. In this case it's gonna take someone who's REALLY an expert at welding DELICATE stainless steel. Then it would also take an "artisan" of sorts, to grind and repolish the repair once it was done. Even with such expertise involved, it may never look like new again.
If it were mine, I'd live with the crack.

I don't think stainless can ever REALLY mimic fresh chrome, but your wires should be as clean and bright as you can make them.;)

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1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
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1957 President 2-dr
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1951 Champion Biz cpe
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ddub
01-05-2006, 08:17 PM
Thanks for the input. Wayne, where can one find hydroflouric acid? Alan, I am located in Centralia, WA.

I did take one of these to someone in Seattle who advertised in Hemmings and claimed he could make the repair. He also insisted it must be chrome so I did not have enough confidence in him to proceed.

Alan
01-05-2006, 09:02 PM
There are a couple of us down here in L.A. Myself and Ruben Palanco that repair stainless. But that is a ways from Washington, like 1,200 miles.

Roscomacaw
01-05-2006, 09:19 PM
Alan - you know Ruben? What a kool guy he is! Is he still driving that pretty maroon Champion?[:p]

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

Alan
01-06-2006, 01:04 AM
Yes, He was the past president of our local chapter the Orange Empire. Lives about 20 minuts west of me.