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Hot Rods How traditional are Spider Caps?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rebstew187, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. rebstew187
    Joined: Jan 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,480


    I like the look but I had an old timer ask me when they were first produced. He said he never seen a set 'til mid 70's. Does anyone have any idea who made and sold the first set and around what year? I never really gave it much thought until we were talking then it got my gears turning.
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  2. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 21,767



    @Marshall Metal Shaping's Hotrod

    sporting Spiders for a visual sampling

    Don't know the history but a pic helps...

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  3. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 21,767


    Posted by @visor
    many moons ago...just helping out...;)

    Here"s a little history for ya on the spiders.
    They were manufactured by Californa Custom Accessories
    (later known as Cal Custom) West 65th street, Los Angeles

    Open wheel spiders came in only two bolt patterns that
    I know of... 4.5" and 4.75".

    There were also two accessories that could be added
    two the wheel to set off the spider center.
    One was called the "Beauty Ring" which snapped over
    The nubs on the wheel center.
    The other was called thE "Glamour Ring" which snapped
    on the outer edge of the wheel.

    And also available at the same time was the Kandy Apple
    Lacquer spray bomb.
    This came in "Kustom Glamour Colors."
    It was used to add color or fog around the spider.
    These were really big bucks when they first came out
    around 1960. $19.95 for a set of 4. Add another 5 bucks
    And you got the rings!!!!!!!

    Check out a Copy of Car Craft august 1961 for more info.

    I also have a set of the new Mooneyes repops (spiders) .
    And no they are not made of plastic.
    They are as close to the "real deals" as you can get.

  4. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 21,767


    Apparently they are @rebstew187...your avatar is pretty pixelly...o_O...if ya gottem postem...;)

  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,729

    Jalopy Joker

    yep, from the 60's - like most stuff, look great on the right ride
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  6. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 5,730

    Staff Member

    Wheel porn for Moriarity.
    He has them on about every car he has.

    My old 57 Fairlane, favorite wheel - chrome reverse with CC Spiders.......on ribbed bias whites...... perfect.
    My 57 Ford  with Chrome reverse-spiders and whites.jpg
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  7. I always liked the blunt nose spyders best.

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  8. IMG_0102.JPG IMG_0061.JPG I put them on the '35 to go along with the early '60s vibe.
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  9. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,153

    from Zoar, Ohio

    I like them for something different.

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  10. Erwin
    Joined: Dec 4, 2007
    Posts: 209


    Chromies'n spiders.What a great accessory to add to a clean machine of the early sixties. The US Royal master tires were hi-end cool with that set up. Here in Canada, they marketed them as "Dominion". Maybe they'll come back again. If the mold was recycled a great tire design disappeared.
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  11. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,392


    Even out here in the sticks I remember them in high school and I graduated in 63.
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  12. Traditional enough that back in the 60s I wanted some but couldn't afford them as a student. I first saw them on California hot rods in Hot Rod magazine way back then.
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  13. Cal Custom made them in the '60s and they were being used in the late '50s.
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