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AC3281 Aerostrut Wheel Covers

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  • AC3281 Aerostrut Wheel Covers

    Has anyone ever seen an AC3281 Aerostrut wheel cover? My parts book show these as an option on 65-66 models, but I've never laid eyes on any. Does anybody know if these were ever available? Here's a scanned image of one:

    http://home.alltel.net/anderm/images/aerostrut.jpg

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    Mark Anderson
    http://home.alltel.net/anderm
    1965 Studebaker Cruiser

  • #2
    Most definity! I have one in my hub cap display, thanks to the generosity of an attendee of this forum. I kinda doubt too many were opted for when they were available. And unlike your standard Stude wheelcovers of 53-on, these did not stand the test of time well. Instead of the main disc being made of stainless, it's regular steel that's chrome-plated. And that center knob and 4-legged spinner are chromed pot metal. Not a make-up destined to last long![V]

    There's some late manufacture, aftermarket ones available but you can tell them apart from the genuine Aerostruts by the fact that they have a checkerboard pattern in the center portion of the main disc. The Stude covers have sort of spokes or rays radiating partway from the center (see the picture you posted) with white paint between the rays.

    Over the years I HAVE seen one or two Studes at meets that were wearing these. Kinda cool, I guess - if you like glitz[:I] But in each case, the owners confided that they only put them on for show as they know they'd never find a replacement if one were lost or damaged in driving.[^]

    Miscreant at large.

    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
    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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    • #3
      Mark,

      I have seen some AeroStruts on Studebakers. Not many mind you, probably 3 times. IMHO, they look good on GTs, not so great on Larks. In talking to people who ran them back in the '60s and '70s, they are quite heavy, and will come off somewhat easily on bumpy curves.

      The cars I have seen with them on were either trailered, or they were put on just for the show. Loose one, and it would not be easy to replace! I have a couple of sets of Stude Air-Flo hubcaps, but do not run them since I don't want to risk damaging them. Also the Air-Flo's, IMHO, only look good on GT Hawks, and only dark color GTs at that.....and I don't have a dark color GT<G>.

      Paul

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      Paul
      Winston-Salem, NC
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      • #4
        You see those "Air-Flo" covers on ebay from time to time. NOT![:0] Can't tell you how many poor, hopeful souls I've enlightened over those. There's a MoPar wheelcover and an aftermarket cover that kinda-sorta mimic the Air-Flo's but they're only similar at first glance. One clue is when the description tells you they're 14" covers. Oops!
        Real Air-Flo's have left and right versions. The idea being that the slant of the louvers (provided the lefts and rights were installed accordingly) would serve to draw air over the the wheels and brake drums to effect a bit of cooling.
        They're a little less rare than the Aerostruts but still tough to find - in any condition. And then to be lucky enough to find two lefts and two rights!
        BTW, there actualy HAS BEEN a couple sets of genuine Air-Flo's on ebay over the years. If you see a set there, watch the final few minutes of the bidding.[:0]

        Miscreant at large.

        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
        No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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        • #5
          If anyone runs across a nice set, let me know. Another newsgrouper sent me a link to a fairly reasonable facsimile, but they ain't original.

          http://www.execmall.com/Night%20Prow.../Starburst.jpg

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          Mark Anderson
          http://home.alltel.net/anderm
          1965 Studebaker Cruiser

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          • #6
            Here's an original.....



            Miscreant at large.

            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
            No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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            • #7
              Yup, that's one of those bad boys[}]

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              Mark Anderson
              http://home.alltel.net/anderm
              1965 Studebaker Cruiser

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