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Technical Stupid wheels, stupid idea, maybe?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by VANDENPLAS, Oct 15, 2021.

  1. sooooooooooooo my car came with these silly 90’s wheels on it. They drive me nuts.

    Im looking at face fart marketplace and am pondering maybe a set of fiesta or Cadillac sombrero wheel covers or something if that sort.

    would I be able to put hub caps on these wheels ?

    thinking caps would be a cheap solution and I could change them up .

    Or should I save me sheckles and get steel wheels with mercury caps ?

    it’s what I want to do, but also what steel wheels should I get ? Would like a bit of an off set on the rears and the fronts have disc brakes .

    If I get wheels I’m staying with 15”
  2. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,720


    Yes, cover 'em up!
    '90s rash...
  3. 48fordnut
    Joined: Nov 4, 2005
    Posts: 4,091


    Full caps will fit fine.
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  4. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 7,094

    from Oregon

    Paint 'em black, and stick some stainless trim rings on them, until you can find better wheels for that nice classic!

  5. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,486


    You might have to take the wheels off of the car and remove the center caps, then re-mount before putting hubcaps on since a lot of the good looking caps require a bit of wheel depth. And also some 50's hubcaps don't have the "teeth" ring on the back side (55-57 Chevy notably, also some later 50's Olds spinner caps require special clips) but I see no reason a set of 15" caps that do have the grip teeth would work just fine over the top of those wheels. As a bonus, the chrome lip of the bead will show on certain caps and that would look nice.

    If you get a set of caps for fair market price and end up buying wheels later on, you can always resell the caps for what you paid and it'll be mostly a wash.
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  6. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,486


    '54 Mercury caps like these would look real nice with blackwalls, you could make the center sections any color.

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  7. :rolleyes::eek::D Those are sweet !!!!

    so caps with the “fingers” around the outer edge should work fine?

    yes the big “ pigs nose” center cap would have to come out
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  8. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 4,544


    If you get caps. You can play with steel wheel and "those things" combo.
    Little wider rear would help.

    What bolt pattern is the car? 15" steelies would be a good option when it's time for tires, there's a lot of cool 70's full size car caps that look good when the center emblems are removed or changed out. 70s hub caps don't cost much either.
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  9. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,486


    I'm not that great at photoshop but here's a quick and dirty. Personally I like it, much better than the current 1990's boat trailer wheels.

  10. uncleandy 65
    Joined: Jan 14, 2013
    Posts: 3,955

    uncleandy 65

    They look like trailer wheels
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  11. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,556


    Nice car the wheels not so much.
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  12. Wrecking yard steel wheels with outer bump hubcap ring and ‘56 small hubcaps.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2021
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  13. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,226


    The full wheel covers will slip on the chrome and pull the valve stems out.
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  14. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 22,292

    Staff Member

    Yup, the teeth will not bite into the chrome, and 40 Mercs need wide whites... just my opinion
  15. I agree 100% on the wide whites !!!
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  16. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,045

    from Tampa, FL

    Sell them to a jeep owner.
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  17. I'd suggest trying laying down a duct tape layer to give the caps something to grip as the polished chrome will probably be too slippery for the cover teeth to grip well. Plus it may save the chrome if you find someone to buy them later.
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  18. Looking at it again, it looks like a small bolt pattern (4.5 or 4.75), those will be pretty cheap later 70's/80's 15" wheels. Then craigslist or offerup for hubcaps. I vote for Ford small caps of the 50's. Paint the wheels with spray can appliance paint off white/bone white.
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  19. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,616

    from oregon

    All is not lost, look at it this way, you now have four shiny garden hose reels!
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  20. 1pickup
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,112


    I run those on my '49 Merc. Stop telling people they are cool, or I won't be able to find any more cheap ones!
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  21. jerry rigged
    Joined: Apr 18, 2019
    Posts: 103

    jerry rigged

    Plus 100! Paint em' to match the body!
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  22. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 3,347


    Nice car, save you're money and put the real deal on there - whatever style you like. Take your time and fit the new ones carefully, believe me it will be better in the long run.
    If you paint those wheels or scratch them up with hubcaps they will lose what ever value they might have when you try to sell them. I've successfully sold two sets of "worthless" take-offs lately for good $$, there's a market for affordable wheels among the non-traditional crowd.
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  23. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 5,202

    from Berry, AL

    I agree./\ The mini truck crowd would probably snap up those wheels.
    My favorite is Torque Thrusts, polished or chrome would look good on there against the dark blue.
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  24. Ancaster swap meet in a couple of weeks; maybe find something there? Even wear a poster on your back with a picture of yours to sell or trade across?
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  25. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,670


    Am I the only one who can't see the photo of the car?

    no car.JPG
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  26. @Ebbsspeed , seems that way .

    you on the app, mobile , desk top , phone , carrier pigeon, smoke signals , yodelling ?
  27. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
    Posts: 2,199

    from Brooks Ky

    Try posting it again..........I can't see it either. Maybe someone thought they were "Billet" :D
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  28. You guys are correct , the pic has been taken down !!!!!!!

    C’mon who report this ?
    This is completely dumb !!
    They are not donks or billet they are stupid wheels I wanted an opinion on to put something more traditional on my car.

    my god !!!!!!!!!!!!

    @Moriarity @corncobcoupe really guys ?

    A help thread getting edited ?

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  29. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,197


    No photo here either. I think I can see the hidden wheel behind Squawblow's photoshop.
    Sombreros don't have teeth to attach them to wheels in their original form.

    I don't think any rig with 5 on 5-1/2 used those hubcap lock things that were held on with lug bolts that had the lock behind the center piece of the cap like the old Caddy fake wire wheels had.
    Similar to the Caddy one with the photo borrowed from They were actually used as hubcap retainers on some of those Cads and probably could be used behind a different cap with a bit of imagination and a center bullet or knockoff that screwed on a stud. I'm not sure about clearing Ford hubs front or rear though. E hubcap hubcap lock.jpg
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  30. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 19,204


    A hub cap in not a wheel cover. A wheel cover is not a hub cap.

    If it goes all the way to the edge of the wheel, it is a wheel cover.

    Wide whites, and full wheel covers.

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