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Hubcap/Steelie combos

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Hi everyone,

 

Confused by the flexibility of hubcap/steelie combinations. 

 

This maybe a stupid question, but that has never stopped me before... :)

 

Can one use earlier hubcaps on later steelies as long as they are the right diameter?? (e.g. '72 hubcaps on '75 steelies)

 

Thanks!

Vince

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Nope.

I wish they fit.

I have some 72 hubcaps and they do not fit on my 76 rims.

 

(Unfortunately I only have three of the 72 4-1/2" rims, or I would swap them onto my car... occasionally.
I will place a WTB ad some day).

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Hub caps locate on 'nubs' on an inner circumference of the wheel. No nubs, no caps. Did briefly consider pop riveting spring steel nubs to other wheels but moved on before I tried it.

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within Roundie Realm, were there changes in the steelies between earlier dog dish and trim ring covers and later full covers with the slots? Also, will trim rings fit all 13" steelies aerly and late?

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I cannot answer your first question, but I just went up and tried the beauty rings from my '76 on the '72 steelies and they appear to fit.

 

There may be a bit more 'grip' on the later rims, but they seem pretty secure on either style and snap in tight against the rims.

 

I can go up and take a couple photos, if you'd like.

 

 

 

(Just a side note, the beauty rings have metal 'hooks' around the whole perimeter, which scratch the crap out of the paint.  

I might care, should I ever get around to painting my rims).

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'66 through '73 steel rims are the same in terms of mounting: 1.) dog dish hub caps and separate slotted decorative rings; or 2.) full wheel covers. The beauty rims that are solely around the perimeter came along during the square taillight era, so I suspect it's mostly coincidental that they also fit the early steel rims -- perhaps the outer lip of both early and late steel rims is very similar.

Regards,

Steve

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