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  • Wheels / Tires: how to slap on stock 60's Stude wheel covers without scratching

    i wanna see what the stock looks like with a wider combo

    do they even fit?

    i still hold my stock covers ehhh, not great shape, but i might try to put them on to see how they look, but the wheels they come off of was scratch all to hell from these old style, new ones use plastic and metal retainer ring.

    my wheels are new and I want to try to keep them looking that way, how about removing a few of the "claw" from the radius?

    they are not that valuable , i saw them on ebay for not a lot or money

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  • #2
    What's the point? IF you got them on without damage to the Wheels, the fit in the curvature of the Rim where they fit, would probably be so bad to the Covers, that you would orbit them if you drove it.

    It iS crying out for some kind of Caps though.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      Remember wheels flex during driving and the old solution to retain hubcaps was to dig the "claws" into the wheel.

      Because I come from the "If it don't go - chrome it" old school the only caps I would run are the baby moon " poverty cap" that fits on the lugs around the wheel nuts area.

      Like this -

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      Your car screams for poverty caps. IMHO

      Bob
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      • #4
        the wheels weren't that valuable either 78 bucks a pop

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        • #5
          Originally posted by sweetolbob View Post
          Remember wheels flex during driving and the old solution to retain hubcaps was to dig the "claws" into the wheel.

          Because I come from the "If it don't go - chrome it" old school the only caps I would run are the baby moon " poverty cap" that fits on the lugs around the wheel nuts area.

          Like this -

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          Your car screams for poverty caps. IMHO

          Bob
          nice ride flat paint, your wheels are silver, what kind of ralley wheels?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mw2013 View Post

            nice ride flat paint, your wheels are silver, what kind of ralley wheels?
            Camaro Rallye - converted to Chevy wheel pattern when I narrowed the 91 Caprice rearend and converted the front to GM rotors and disc brakes.

            I should have used the Ford Pattern when I ordered the new Moser axles but that was before I appreciated Jim Turners disc conversion. Just had to go my own way.

            Bob

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            • #7
              Maybe chrome push through center caps and chrome lug nuts and some beauty rings if you can find ones that fit
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              • #8
                mw2013 - all trim rings and wheel covers (factory and otherwise) will and should scratch your rims. Don’t like the look later on...lightly sand and repaint the marks.

                My 59 Lark VI Deluxe was born with the hubcaps, but just looked too plain to me. So despite my desires to keep it bone-stock, I mounted some full covers, changed the headlight rings to chrome units and applied a used chrome grille surround. Now looks more like a Regal and much more presentable. But - 100% reversible, just like your covers will be once you scratch through to ensure a good “bite”.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by NCDave51 View Post
                  mw2013 - all trim rings and wheel covers (factory and otherwise) will and should scratch your rims. Don’t like the look later on...lightly sand and repaint the marks.

                  My 59 Lark VI Deluxe was born with the hubcaps, but just looked too plain to me. So despite my desires to keep it bone-stock, I mounted some full covers, changed the headlight rings to chrome units and applied a used chrome grille surround. Now looks more like a Regal and much more presentable. But - 100% reversible, just like your covers will be once you scratch through to ensure a good “bite”.
                  ok i just mocked up a couple , did not slam them in, the valve stem fits in the hole, i was concerned about that as well

                  i think the stock ones are better with narrower wheels, the center poke out too much and the tires are stretched to the limits , something flatter, like a 1964 cover perhaps


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                  • #10
                    Wow. Tough choice. I really, in the case of Dungbeetle , and World He lives it, those bare black wheels and big black walls like Strong and proper. The hint at “more to the story” than a cute old car. The wheel covers would look great with 2” wide whitewalls, possibly ok with 1” whitewalls, but I think they work real well with blackwalls.

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                    • #11
                      Oh! Yes SI has the Flying Lark hook ornament Damn that car Nesds That (improves over the road stability at high speeds”. The wheel covers on my Avanti flew off regularly when circling highway off ramps, and hitting a bump.

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                      • #12
                        well i measured and measured early in the year and had to buy the crown Victoria 6.5 wheels one are a time, no one had a set and i didn't want to give up the look, but now i got the rear wheels on and they look just fine, they set in and i accept that look ( maybe better) and fender clears in the rear with room to spare; should have done it sooner, gonna to get the front soon sometime next week and I got some 64 wheel covers I am gong to try, I would have like to try while walls, but my hobby budget says no , since these black walls are new

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                        old 3.75" offset with 7" wheels , now they are 4.25" offset with 6.5 wheels

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                        • #13
                          No, no, no-no and did I say NO ! The big black wheels & big black tires say STREET SLEEPER.......get too close at a stop light and you are TOAST!

                          The visual (from a 70 + street racer < yes I know I should NEVER have done it....but things were much different then >) is small, mean, nasty & fatal with NO apologies for stomping your 'boy racer' at the light !

                          Your mean ALL black lark is the ONLY one that would (will ? ) pull me out of my Avanti and go Lark !

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                          • #14
                            they are all on refurbished 92-97 crown victoria 15x6.5 wheels and i love 'em( should have gotten them to begin with) even without white walls, they tuck in more by an inch, which I think I like now, than the black wheels and the 205 75 15 are just fine, with my second gear start and 3.07 dana 27

                            patina on the ebay wheel covers, faded black paint, stainless shines like chrome

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