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60 Impala hubcaps falling off.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by COUPES, Jul 4, 2013.

    Joined: Feb 24, 2013
    Posts: 171

    from England

    Hello all, a friend of mine has just bought a 60 Impala bubble top, 348, auto, 3 owners from new and only 57k. Cars arrow straight!! It got delivered here in the UK yesterday and when it rolled off the truck it lost a hubcap. Not sure if they're new/aftermarket caps. Any experts know of any tips to make them stick? Lol. Haven't seen the car yet or caps so be gratefull for any advice.
    Don't want to use glue,nails or weld them suckers on
  2. jbh
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 114


    The wheels must be pre 63 and have the nubs around the permiter that hold the wheelcovers on. If they are missing, a small spot of weld can be added on at least four places. Jay
    Joined: Feb 24, 2013
    Posts: 171

    from England

    Thanks for the info Jay. Will check when i see it.
  4. I was always losing the rally caps for my '70 Nova until I wrapped a layer or two of electrical tape on the raised bump- never came off after that!
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    Joined: Feb 24, 2013
    Posts: 171

    from England

    Thanks Mac, i have used a cushion tape before and tried not to take the bends to quick lol.
    My buddy's away so got too wait till i can have a look. Think its all original? Might be Chinese caps? :eek:
  6. jbh - what he said - see if the rims have the little nubs - about maybe an inch....should be about four I think....
  7. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,209


    Wheel covers or hub caps? I've heard that with some early wheels, when radial tires are used, they will sometime pop wheel covers off; must be due to more flex in the rim due to the radials? Hubs caps, have't heard of that, unless as you said, Chiwanese reproductions. Butch/56sedandelivery.
  8. garcoal
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 277


    had same problem with 66 tbird. front wheels only. put different style hubcaps on haven't lost one in about 6 years. I agree the old rims after about 50 years seem to get a little flexy. could be the radials I never thought about that
  9. ol55
    Joined: Oct 1, 2008
    Posts: 475

    from Virginia

    Also check the hubcaps to see if the matching nub is not cracked or pushed in. They can be carefully raised up with a small screwdriver. Don't have a solution for cracked caps. I have used rtv/electrical tape around the perimeter of the cap which seemed to help.
  10. motoandy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
    Posts: 3,289

    from MB, SC

    Had the same issue on my 52 with radials (roll eyes) stock wheels and Lancer covers. I ended up just changing to center caps. I was afraid after the last sharp turn and losing it, that the next time would be in an intersection and the cap end up hitting someone else's car.
  11. Happy to help, COUPES! And I pushed that Nova HARD through corners every once in a while (had just put in the "new" poly bushings) and never lost a cap :D... there was this one exit for Glassboro off of 55 in Jersey that was particularly enjoyable :)

    All I did was wrap the tape good and tight, and cut it carefully. If I remember correctly (this was the 80's), I put three layers on, and found that was too much. Carefully peeled one layer off, and was good-to-go.
  12. NMCarNut
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 630


    Yes, as stated the wheels must have the nubs on the rim, assuming the hubcaps are original. Also check the hubcaps and make sure the rolled bead on the mounting lip is not distorted or dented.

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  13. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,405


    Use silicone...the kind that comes in a tube...!!!

    Squirt three or four beads, almost in the same spots as on the wheel illustration above...let dry and they won't ever come off...of course, when you have a flat and want to remove them, you'll play hell getting them off...but of course, that's why you only squirt small 'beads' of it on.

  14. 1948plymouth
    Joined: Feb 22, 2011
    Posts: 109

    from Minnesota

    The outer hubcaps used to fly off every time I took a sharp corner with my Impala. Use to do it for fun to see how far they would go.

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