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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by uglysteve, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. So I scored a set of caddy sombrero hubcaps for a pretty good deal. They have these dog bowl type centers and they don't fit on any wheel I've got. Do I need the same year Cadillac wheels for these or what? ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1390947326.466618.jpg

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  2. evol55
    Joined: Apr 25, 2004
    Posts: 257


    You need the caddy wheels . Brad Masterson did a how to on how to cut these to fit other wheels though in a car mag.
  3. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,075

    scrap metal 48

    Some guys mount them to beauty rings and then snap them on the wheel.. They fit different wheels that way...
  4. tiredford
    Joined: Apr 6, 2009
    Posts: 546

    from Mo.

    I bought a set, and was really disappointed when they would not fit a Ford wheel.

  5. There's an idea. I got beauty rings maybe I'll try that

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  6. bako48
    Joined: Apr 2, 2013
    Posts: 150


    I believe you cut that dog dish out ta the inside and fold the edges around a set of rings

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  7. I thought of that earlier when I was at the garage. The sombreros have a little folded over lip on the underside, but the rings are a slightly smaller diameter than the outside edge of the sombreros so I can't just tuck them into that lip. I think doing some sort of epoxy job might work. Welding em on would ruin the chrome.

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  8. bako48
    Joined: Apr 2, 2013
    Posts: 150


    also if your using your stock Plymouth rims don't forget to take of those tabs that are used to clip on the stock caps.
  9. robyyo
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
    Posts: 236

    from Orange CA

    Kustoms Illustrated issue #36, Brad Masterson shows how to modify them to get them to snap onto standard steel rims.
  10. damagedduck
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 2,342

    from Greeley Co

  11. I always think it's funny how you see all these cars in old magazines with Caddy or Olds hub caps, but when you try to do it yourself nothing seems to fit.

    Those guys back in the day really were slick! Making things look like they're supposed to be that way, but really there is a lot of work that went into it.
  12. threewindow
    Joined: Nov 26, 2012
    Posts: 80


    I have them on chevy wheels on my 51 merc. They are bolted on in the center. Had some spoked wheel hubcaps with centers that bolted to the lugnuts. Welded a freeze plug to the center of the hubcap and drilled a bolt hole to bolt it on. then I welded a nut on the back of the center medalion and it screws on to the hubcap. Its bolted on to a 3/8 stud and is plenty strong. They can;t be pried off. have pictures on my web sight. Just one picture with the somberos on it . Other pictures are 57 caddy;s put on the same way.

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