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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kage, Feb 7, 2012.
What do you do about the valve stem?
b-b-b-but tradition! we only like things from a tiny sliver of history. tiny! you should'nt like any thing else. where are your blinders.what gives you the right. you can't like or do thing's to your car with out having them pre-approved from a list of agreed alteration. iknoe they had cars in the 50's and i know they had hubcaps, but all-tread? nuts, bearings? and to be assembled in such a fashon? i ask that you stop this visual illusion at once. no good or enjoyment can come from it.
That's so cool! In that last video with the red Caddy, I'd have to paint a spiral on the wide white walls.
The mounting ring is removed...which I will be doing to my caps tonight. You must drill and tap the center of your spindle and drill a whole in your dust cap. once the All-thread is screwed into the spindle you cross drill it so you can still get your carter-pin thru...which also help to keep the all-thread from backing out.
The cap is actually mounted about an 1/8 to 1/4 inch away from the wheel. it is preferred to get the close fit valve stems.
ahh, professor frink and his de-bigulator.
Love it. Very tricky!
Im gona keep & eye on this one..
I seen a old merc. with a indian head painted on em . Looked KOOOOOL .
Not for me .
They ARE INDEED traditional (or at least it goes way back and was being done). This is exactly the scenario I have mentioned in other posts. If every cool mag of the day didn't feature it, make a tech article out of it or it wasn't widely embraced the masses swear it never happened. It goes way back and is a custom thing. Way back when, hot rodders were more about speed and a little grace and customs were anywhere from cleaning up the looks to seeing how far you could go with something. Even in the 60's Chrysler had a floating sign with the Roadrunner on it. The wheel spun and the sign stayed stationary. Kids these days.......
At first I thought it was too ghettoish but after seeing the videos it kind of hit me, I still wouldn't do it but it was a weird effect.
I'd go with all stainless steel hardward if it was mine. I hate rust.
The first time I seen floating hub caps, was in the Hotrod Havoc movie. I don't remember which one. But I thought they were very cool! Thought about running them myself, but decided to go a different direction. Good luck
ok i just watched them vids about 10 times each.i got a 62 galaxie that is my daily.its nothing fancy in fact it needs alot of work, but i think im gonna make me a set .just for the wtf factor.it would be kinda fun messin with the public.
That's pretty neat. I'd use them once in a while, and have regular wheel covers for the rest of the time.
Even in the 60's Chrysler had a floating sign with the Roadrunner on it. The wheel spun and the sign stayed stationary. Kids these days.......[/QUOTE]
I've never seen the floating road runner 'caps in person,but A friend of mine once told me he found a semi-trailer,back in the '80's,parked behind a small closed-down factory,I think in Wyandotte,MI...FULL of those caps!
A trailer full! If that was indeed true someone could have made a fortune.
He likes em
Yes that's what I was thinking , it defitley would freak people out here in the south. Kinda looks like your brakes locked up on a icy road... But we don't have ice here. Very trippy.
I guess it only works on the front wheels.
It may work on the back of your Cord.
All the kids are doing it. I see taxis and pizza delivery guys more and more.....
Last night I was not able to finish drilling and tapping the spindles due to not getting off work until almost 8. I did manage to remove the mounting rings from the caps. It is a fairly easy process on the caps I had.
1st you must drill out the 2 rivets on the mounting ring.
2nd. using a flat-head screw driver i pried apart the mounting ring and it simply popped out of the groove holding it in place.
3rd I simple pulled the ring around the edge of the cap and it came off clean.
It left me with a very clean looking back side to the cap.
I was always intrigued by the mile meter in the back hub of a transit bus that would remain horizontal and stationary when the bus was moving.
There was a very traditional custom in my hometown (Casper, WY) that ran floating moon discs with scallops painted on them. I still remember the exact spot I was standing (was probably 12 yrs old) when I saw that car drive by for the first time. Isn't that what customs are made for?
Some years ago many of the taxis here in Houston had "floating" Astros baseball team advertisement discs on their wheels, front and rear. Very disturbing to have a Caprice come sailing by at 60 MPH and the wheels appear to not be turning!
If you had the right stance and wheelwell openings, or skirts you could make a mount off the backplate or axle tube that would come up over the tire and get the same effect.
I'm betting these were just a two-part hubcap with one part attached to the wheel and the other weighted and on a bearing.
I was hoping you were going to mount the crossbar and bullet and let the wheelcover spin behind it. Still gonna be badass.
That would keep you from having to do anything with the valve stems.
i'm making some wiper arms that move but don't wipe. ehh?
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