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thunderations
11-29-2012, 05:17 PM
Got my build sheet and my 66 Daytona originally came from the factory with the optional wire wheel covers. Now I'm looking for a set. I believe they used the same cover as an option on Avanti also. They're a 2 part design with the outer ring/spokes attaching to the wheel with clips and the center cap/spinner attaching to the center of the wheel like a standard hupcap. Got a set or know of a set?

qsanford
11-29-2012, 05:25 PM
I recently saw the same style wire caps for sale on a Corvair website. Unfortunately they were 14" but I wonder if similar 15" ones were used on the full size Chevrolet models. They had the same spinner centers.

thunderations
11-29-2012, 05:31 PM
19052 A lot of the manufacturers used similar wire wheel covers, but the centers were different. Studebaker used a 2 bar spinner and the attaching cap was several parts, not just a center cap with a spinner attached.

53k
11-29-2012, 06:34 PM
Got my build sheet and my 66 Daytona originally came from the factory with the optional wire wheel covers. Now I'm looking for a set. I believe they used the same cover as an option on Avanti also. They're a 2 part design with the outer ring/spokes attaching to the wheel with clips and the center cap/spinner attaching to the center of the wheel like a standard hupcap. Got a set or know of a set?
The wire wheel covers were a late '64 option for any model. Studebaker continued to offer them through '66.
While the cover is made up of several components, they are one-piece in application. Other than being able to unbolt the center spinner you don't want to try to take one apart. I'll try to find my very old post showing installation steps. If I don't find it, I will re-post the pictures.

Found the pictures
I couldn't find enough original Studebaker clips so I bought some from a Thunderbird supplier. They were much poorer quality (Stude clip on the left, Ford on the right)

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Wire%20Wheel%20Covers/1-clips,%20top%20view,%20Stude%20on%20left.JPG

Stude clip below, Ford above

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Wire%20Wheel%20Covers/2-clips,%20bottom%20view,%20Stude%20lower.JPG

Getting ready to tap the clips on the wheel

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Wire%20Wheel%20Covers/3-wheel%20pre-installation.JPG

Two Ford clips installed

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Wire%20Wheel%20Covers/4-Two%20Ford%20clips%20installed.JPG

Clips in place and cover snapped in- pulled out for illustration

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Wire%20Wheel%20Covers/5-Clips%20installed,%20cover%20pulled%20out%20bottom.JPG

Pulled out, another angle. Note-there is no hole for a valve stem. You have to pull out the cover to check the tire (very short valve stem required)

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Wire%20Wheel%20Covers/6-Clips%20installed,%20cover%20pulled%20out%20rear.JPG

Another view

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Wire%20Wheel%20Covers/7-Clips%20installed,%20cover%20pulled%20out%20top.JPG

Snapped in place

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Wire%20Wheel%20Covers/8-Cover%20snapped%20in%20place.JPG

On the car

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Wire%20Wheel%20Covers/IM003650.JPG

On the car

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Wire%20Wheel%20Covers/9-on%20the%20car.JPG

JDP
11-29-2012, 06:44 PM
Got my build sheet and my 66 Daytona originally came from the factory with the optional wire wheel covers. Now I'm looking for a set. I believe they used the same cover as an option on Avanti also. They're a 2 part design with the outer ring/spokes attaching to the wheel with clips and the center cap/spinner attaching to the center of the wheel like a standard hupcap. Got a set or know of a set?


A few years ago, you would see a nice set in the $600 range, but I'd expect $1000 or so for NOS today.

thunderations
11-29-2012, 07:02 PM
I found a picture of the cover taken apart.19054

53k
11-29-2012, 07:13 PM
I found a picture of the cover taken apart.19054

Believe me, you don't want to take them apart.

mbstude
11-29-2012, 07:29 PM
That's my photo. It isn't designed to come apart, screws as well as spot welds hold it together. I've restored a few sets, and disassembly and reassembly resulted in a few cuts and bruises. Certainly doable, but not for the faint of heart.

JDP is right on with the value of NOS being $1000. I got close to that for the NOS ones I sold. That said, I can restore a set of beat up ones for less than half that.

53k
11-29-2012, 07:40 PM
See my added pictures in post #4 above

Scott
11-29-2012, 07:42 PM
It looks like it could be reproduced without too much trouble.

bezhawk
11-29-2012, 08:39 PM
Matt restored a nice set for the R3 I restored. They are a pain to install, but they do look good.

SN-60
11-29-2012, 08:57 PM
No...no...no.... the center spinner definitely has style, but the rest of this unit has to be the poorest excuse for a wire wheel cover ANY manufacturer has ever offered!

stude1964
11-29-2012, 10:32 PM
Yes Rambler & Pontiac used the same spinner. The base caps were also used by Ford & Chev. Corvair,others were way different caps.

thunderations
11-29-2012, 10:59 PM
1955 and 56 Ford Thunderbirds and passenger cars used a similar outter ring with spokes that attached to an inner ring. That attached to the rim with clips. A button hubcap was used for the center. The Stude is a one piece unit, something I didn't realise. Anyone have a lead on a set? Also looking for a locking gas cap that would have been an option for 1966. This car was used by Studebaker for dealer and other shows prior to being sold and the locking cap was a requirment, probably for fire codes. I'm just trying to locate missing parts.

2R5
11-30-2012, 07:31 AM
Ken , I think there were 2 different designs for locking gas caps. Check your parts book. I have the smooth chrome one on my 66 but there was a pebbly chrome one on it when I bought it.

8E45E
11-30-2012, 08:23 AM
I'd love to see a scan of that build sheet.

Craig

thunderations
11-30-2012, 08:56 AM
Bob, the options brochure shows a smooth locking gas cap.

2R5
11-30-2012, 09:35 AM
Ken , you'd be looking for AC-3195 , but there was also a AC-3415 locking cap.
The AC-3195 aren't usually that hard to find, always seem to see a couple NOS ones at the York swap meet.

candbstudebakers
11-30-2012, 11:12 AM
Believe me, you don't want to take them apart.


Paul I'am sure glad you were around when I sold my set, have not missed them at all and the money help pay the rent that month.

mrjazzmillcreek
11-30-2012, 11:13 AM
I have had a set of NOS wheel discs installed on my 66 Daytona. I did not use clips,I had a set of narrow trim rings that push on the normal way,I took these and the wire wheel discs to a body shop where they installed the discs on the narrow trim rings with the newer .type of body glue they use to glue body panels.My wheel discs now just snap on and off like conventional discs,no more fidling aroun d with those bothersome clips.A friend of mine also did the same thing only he used silver solder to attach the 2 togather.

thunderations
11-30-2012, 12:01 PM
Bob, the build sheet just has "Locking Gas Cap", no part number. The chassis & body parts catalog shows the AC 3195 for F-Y bodies, (sedans) and the AC 3415 for P bodies, (station wagon). So, you're right, I need the AC-3195 locking fuel cap.

2R5
11-30-2012, 04:36 PM
If you haven't found one by York , I can look for you .....PM me( or email me ) your phone number and I can call you if one is there.

thunderations
11-30-2012, 04:53 PM
Will do, Bob. When is York?

studegary
11-30-2012, 05:00 PM
Will do, Bob. When is York?

Not any of the Bob's - York is Feb. 28 - Mar. 2.

thunderations
11-30-2012, 05:26 PM
Thanks, Gary. I'm on the left end of the country and not familiar with some of the meets on the other end. I know Hershy is right after a big rain so that the mud is waist deep.

packardHawk58
12-02-2012, 03:15 AM
A few years ago, you would see a nice set in the $600 range, but I'd expect $1000 or so for NOS today.

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae194/packardhawk58/001-2.jpg

Well that makes the NOS set I bought at the SB meet a good buy for $450.00 !