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mbstude
12-30-2011, 02:11 PM
I restored a set of Speedster wire wheel covers for a Forum member's '54 Commander recently and just now got around to uploading the photos I took of them.

As I was packing them up, I looked over at the spare from my '57 and had evil thoughts. It's really too bad that a Speedster center cap doesn't fit snugly into a plain wheel...

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/jeffers003.jpg

And just because I know someone will want to see..

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/jeffers004.jpg

Roscomacaw
12-30-2011, 02:13 PM
Yeah baby! Those would be COOL with a trim ring like that!

studegary
12-30-2011, 04:17 PM
It looks better than new, except for the lack of gold.

Chris Pile
12-30-2011, 04:19 PM
I like that WAY better than the wires....

StudeRich
12-30-2011, 04:27 PM
That would not have anything to do with the fact that you know what a pain it is to maintain them would it? Naw! ;)

mbstude
12-30-2011, 04:40 PM
Thanks Gary. I would've painted the center gold but I don't have the paint. I'll let the owner take care of that. "Better than new" is about the best compliment I could strive for.


That would not have anything to do with the fact that you know what a pain it is to maintain them would it? Naw! ;)

You should try removing the outer skin of the center cap to hammer out the dents. And then polish the middle section of the wire basket without removing any wire spokes..

Chris Pile
12-30-2011, 04:41 PM
Personally, I think wire wheels with a big hubcap on them look stupid.
You know - pick wires, or a hubcap - not both.

mbstude
12-30-2011, 05:01 PM
I've always thought that the later wire covers were a little nicer looking.

I really wish I had a before photo of this one. It flew off of a friend's Avanti that was cruising down the interstate. The cover hit the asphalt 3 times, and had 3 places where the sides had rolled up like a newspaper. I had to do a rush job, but it was ready for the Concourse De Elegance just a week later...

I also did a set of these for an R3 Avanti that Brad Bez restored. And then I had to show him how to install them. :rolleyes:

The nice thing about the later ones is that they are bolted together, so it's pretty easy to take them all apart. The Speedster wires.. They liked their welders.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/wires.jpg

BobGlasscock
12-30-2011, 05:42 PM
Matt, you need to make some stainless clip-extensions to fit the old wheel and smaller caps. If you tell other Studebaker owners, you might sell 16,844 of them and be rich.

53k
12-30-2011, 05:49 PM
I've always thought that the later wire covers were a little nicer looking.
I really wish I had a before photo of this one. It flew off of a friend's Avanti that was cruising down the interstate. The cover hit the asphalt 3 times, and had 3 places where the sides had rolled up like a newspaper. I had to do a rush job, but it was ready for the Concourse De Elegance just a week later...

I also did a set of these for an R3 Avanti that Brad Bez restored. And then I had to show him how to install them. :rolleyes:

The nice thing about the later ones is that they are bolted together, so it's pretty easy to take them all apart. The Speedster wires.. They liked their welders.


I obviously agree. One thing I like is that they cover the entire rim- no white showing. This was my second set. The first I sold to JDP because I couldn't figure out how to install them. He knew how. I made the mistake of selling these with the car- told the buyer I would give him $500 off the price of the car plus install four new stock wheel covers, but he wanted them. Matthew knows all about the third set...