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mbstude
11-12-2009, 04:39 PM
I bought a cheap set of Speedster wire wheel covers to restore. I couldn't help but see how they'd look on the '58. So what's everyone's opinions?

Oh, and thanks to a lead from Mr.Biggs, I have a NOS (President) grille now to replace the mangled one the deer took out.

Yes, I know those are '56 wheel covers on there now. (I don't like the '58 style covers).

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/wire_wheels001.jpg

And the Speedster cover.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/wire_wheels002.jpg

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

ddub
11-12-2009, 04:45 PM
I think the wires actually look quite good on the '58. I didn't know there was such a thing as cheap Speedster wheel covers!

Don Wilson
53 Commander Hardtop
64 Champ 1/2 ton
Centralia, WA

mbstude
11-12-2009, 04:48 PM
"Relatively" cheap. ;)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

Chris Pile
11-12-2009, 05:52 PM
Speedster owners will hate me, but I think those Stude wires are ugly as hell. So there.

Chris Pile
Editor: The Studebaker Special
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JRoberts
11-12-2009, 05:54 PM
I really would prefer dog dish caps with trim rings. I am not a big fan of the wire covers. Just my opinion however.

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

N8N
11-12-2009, 05:56 PM
how are you using the '56 wheel covers? Does your car have the optional 15" wheels?

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
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barnlark
11-12-2009, 06:00 PM
I prefer the '56s.

mbstude
11-12-2009, 06:08 PM
I'm running 15" wheels, I had the tires and didn't like the '58 wheel covers.

I'm on the fence about using the wires. I have a feeling that once I fix the things, I'll really hate 'em. ;)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

Flashback
11-12-2009, 06:19 PM
On your 58, I think they look good. On the the cars they were
designed for, I don't like them, Except on the sedans, mainly
4 door. Your car, your taste.

Tex E. Grier
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Play Wagon
11-12-2009, 07:33 PM
Well, Matthew, since you asked....FWIW, I've had an incurable passion for studying automotive styling since I was five or so, and that's been well over forty years of scrutiny. In my opinion there are many attractive wire wheels out there, but if there are any good looking wire wheel covers, I have yet to see them. Kinda like tryin' to pass Velveeta off as cheese- it's just not quite there. BTW, I've enjoyed your contributions to the Forum and Turning Wheels. Take care and good luck on your project(s).

JSC

dean pearson
11-12-2009, 08:05 PM
O.K. buddy,
Where I'm from (Abilene Texas)
Velveeta IS cheese and goes good on dang near anything.

Dean.

candbstudebakers
11-12-2009, 11:12 PM
The wires look ok , see what you can do about the head lights...Bob

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA
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cool 1953
11-12-2009, 11:41 PM
I have to agree with Bob..the head lights have to go...clayton

clayton-rip chicken hawk!
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5859
11-13-2009, 02:14 AM
quote:Originally posted by cool 1953

I have to agree with Bob..the head lights have to go...clayton

clayton-rip chicken hawk!
http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv271/canbstudebakers/IM001174.jpg
Yeah, they make other Studebakers look plain and ugly.

jimmijim8
11-13-2009, 06:28 AM
quote:Originally posted by Play Wagon

Well, Matthew, since you asked....FWIW, I've had an incurable passion for studying automotive styling since I was five or so, and that's been well over forty years of scrutiny. In my opinion there are many attractive wire wheels out there, but if there are any good looking wire wheel covers, I have yet to see them. Kinda like tryin' to pass Velveeta off as cheese- it's just not quite there. BTW, I've enjoyed your contributions to the Forum and Turning Wheels. Take care and good luck on your project(s).

JSC
I beg to differ. For instance. 1980's Chrysler 5th. Ave, New Yorker, Grand Fury. Some nice GM caps out there also. Olds, Cadu, Pontiac, Chebbie. jimmijim

Stude Junkie+++++++Do it right the f$$$$ Time. Never mind. Just do it right. When youre done your done. You'll know it.

stude53
11-13-2009, 07:24 AM
Since you asked: Lose the wires, Matt.



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53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

stude53
11-13-2009, 07:28 AM
And to the fans and detractors of Velveeta, I'd like to chime in.

Velveeta is an American original, invented in New York state and made here since 1918.

I like it, and like to have con quesa made from it with corn chips on football Sundays.

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53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

warrlaw1
11-13-2009, 08:38 AM
Mat, I'm doing up a 55K and I wasn't big on the Speedster covers. I'm trying to use the full disks with the gold centers. Bought the gold paint from S.I. and had a reputable shop paint the centers after the covers had been buffed and polished. They look great, IMHO, but then I read a back issue of TW that discussed the problems the factory had with that paint to get it to adhere. If the covers were steam cleaned, the covers would expand more quickly than the paint and it would fall off. So now I have beauty covers that I'm afraid to use except for show. If I found a "relatively cheap" set of Speedster covers, I think I would be proud to have 'em on my car. Go for it!

fargoguy
11-13-2009, 08:44 AM
Matt,
I think that the wires are too much for it. What you need, is a set of those rare, Canadian-only 1958 wheelcovers. I have a set on my Car trailer, but i know Craig has a set, i saw them in his basement on Wednesday. I don't have a good pic unfortunately, but hopefully Craig will chime in on this one.

Evan Davis
Prairie Bulletin
Saskatchewan Chapter
Prince Albert, Sk
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JBOYLE
11-13-2009, 08:55 AM
Since you asked....
The wires look a bit too "busy", IMHO.
There is enough chrome on the car already, so the plainer ones might be better, but it's your car.

Have fun.:D

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

37Dictator
11-13-2009, 09:00 AM
I would have to agree with Joe, dog dish is the way to go for sure. Big hubcaps take away from the look of your car. Some nice color matched rims, with dog dish caps, trim rings, and about a 4" whitewall would really make that car a head turner.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2718/4092840671_7672fbff9b.jpg

4961Studebaker
11-13-2009, 09:18 AM
Gotta vote the 56's

ChopStu
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135 weeks till completion.

Johnnywiffer
11-13-2009, 10:18 AM
You've already done this, I'm sure, but if you'll go to ebay and put in "wire wheel", you'll get over 1000 ideas (MAAAANY wire wheel[u] BRUSHES</u>).

If you put in "wire wheel cover" you'll get almost 100. None of them Studebaker but might give you SOME idea of the possibilites.

Good luck.

John

mbstude
11-13-2009, 10:21 AM
Thanks everyone. I think I'm on the same page as everyone else. The car is gaudy enough as it is, the wires are just too much.

Get rid of the headlights...? I drive this car at night. [?]

Maybe you're referring to the quads..? Okay.. Bob, if you're willing to give me a set of original paint (Canyon Copper) fenders without holes for the headlight pods, sure, I'll get rid of the quads.

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

candbstudebakers
11-13-2009, 10:35 AM
Matt, no problem you pay the shipping $1000 each for the shipping...Matt love your Studebakers any way you want and what ever year you want and like every thing else, what you like is the important thing, I do comment a lot on the 58 head lights and I guess I always will, might even end up with one some day who knows. hang in there big guy...Bob

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA
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mbstude
11-13-2009, 10:39 AM
$1000 for shipping? I paid less for the whole car. :)

I never liked the quad headlights either. But after owning/driving this one since January, they do grow on ya.

I'm just happy to have a straight grille. Never would've thought a '58 sedan grille would be that tough to find.

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

Andy R.
11-13-2009, 12:09 PM
+1 on the '56 covers.
They have the familiar profile, only smooooth.

Andy
62 GT

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3160/3069855932_de3d120955_t.jpg

studegary
11-13-2009, 01:41 PM
I do not think that the wire covers look good on your car and, of course, they are incorrect for the car. Clean up the wire covers and put them on eBay. Use the money to buy something else. They were standard on a Speedster, but correct for 1953 to early 1956.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

ozarkman
11-13-2009, 03:02 PM
Be careful with those Speedster covers...they are for 6v cars.[:o)]

If you are ever interested in getting rid of those '56 covers let me know.

From deep in the Ozarks...

Fred

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Orestudeguy
11-13-2009, 03:51 PM
Hi Matt,

Being that I am partial to 1958 Studes, I like the 14in wheel covers. That are unigue to a unigue design. Seeing that you don't, I'd use the 56 and not the wires. Just not a fan of wire covers..

George
Grants Pass, Oregon
64 Station Wagon with fixed roof (Canadian Car)

64 Wagonaire sliding roof South Bend car.

63 GT Hawk

51 Champion Starlight Coupe
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Michidan
11-13-2009, 03:59 PM
Spokes are for bikes dude.

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mbstude
11-13-2009, 05:01 PM
If nobody likes the spoke covers, why do they demand such high prices? ;)[:o)]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

53k
11-13-2009, 05:38 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

If nobody likes the spoke covers, why do they demand such high prices? ;)[:o)]

Because they look so good on some cars:).

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Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

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rockinhawk
11-13-2009, 06:06 PM
He can't get rid of the 56's. He borrowed them from his Grandpa. NT P.S. The grill looks good. Where's the V?
quote:Originally posted by ozarkman

Be careful with those Speedster covers...they are for 6v cars.[:o)]

If you are ever interested in getting rid of those '56 covers let me know.

From deep in the Ozarks...

Fred

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af137/ozarklark/OzarkTtrailLogoSmall.jpg http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af137/ozarklark/StudebakersofArkansas2-1.jpg



Neil Thornton
Hazlehurst, GA
'57 Silver Hawk
'56 Sky Hawk
'51 2R16 dump truck
Many others.
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stude-sled
11-13-2009, 06:13 PM
Dog dish without rings.

mbstude
11-13-2009, 06:14 PM
The V? No holes for it in the new grille. The gold plating on it was shot. And I think it looks better without it.

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

8E45E
11-13-2009, 07:46 PM
quote:Originally posted by fargoguy

Matt,
I think that the wires are too much for it. What you need, is a set of those rare, Canadian-only 1958 wheelcovers. I have a set on my Car trailer, but i know Craig has a set, i saw them in his basement on Wednesday. I don't have a good pic unfortunately, but hopefully Craig will chime in on this one.


Scroll halfway down this thread:

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15499&SearchTerms=panther

Craig

studegary
11-14-2009, 01:13 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

If nobody likes the spoke covers, why do they demand such high prices? ;)[:o)]

Matthew Burnette




One reason is that they are a required item for those doing a 1955 Speedster, whether they like them or not.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

StudeRich
11-14-2009, 02:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by 8E45E

[quote]Originally posted by fargoguy

Scroll halfway down this thread:

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15499&SearchTerms=pantherCraig

UGH! talk about ugly! Those Canadian '58 14in. look like a real dog dish, or somebody's soup pan! [xx(]

StudeRich

ROADRACELARK
11-14-2009, 02:23 PM
Matt, all you need is a set of 7" cop wheels, the ones with the slots in them, and the small stainless caps with all the holes around the outer edge. I've seen those wheels painted white... they look pretty tough[}:)],and they're pretty easy to find.

Dan Miller
Atlanta, GA

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buddymander
11-15-2009, 06:11 PM
Velveeta ain't REAL cheese?!?!?!?! Whachootalkinboutwillis?