Looking for wheel/hubcap idea

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  1. dulcimerbob

    dulcimerbob Member

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    Have 73 Country Squire . Has original hubcaps ,a little bland. I am considering custom wheels . It's a rat rod/low rider/ surfer hodge podge .
    Thanks in advance
     
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    Jim 68cuda Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest something that looks period correct such American Racing Torque Thrusts, Cragers, or even slotted mags. A cheaper option is just ditching the wheel covers and replacing them with Ford dog dish hubcaps on your existing black painted steel rims. You could go with the dog dish hubcaps that would be correct for a 73 Ford, but they are rather dull looking. I would suggest the chrome dog dish hubcaps from a 1964 Galaxie or Fairlane (also used on the 66 Ford pickups). Another good looking Ford dog dish hubcap is the one used on the 1960 Ford Galaxies, but those would be harder to find.

    1973 Ford dog dish caps (pretty boring and not even very bright as they have a dull finish to them)
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    I like the 64 Ford dog dish caps as they almost look like spinner caps at slow speeds. The chrome versions were also an option on pickups and vans in 66. (just be careful you don't get the plain white painted ones they put on trucks and vans in 66).
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    The 1960 caps are pretty plain, but the slight cone shape just looks really good.
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    ^^^ I couldn't agree more. My '69 Fairlane base wagon has the correct era dog dish caps on stock steel wheels. I just picked up a complete set of 14x7 Ansen Sprint slot mags at the Portland swap meet for $50. They will make a nice period correct option as I like both!
     
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    Thanks for the replies . I like spinner hubcaps but sometimes they cost as much as used wheels
     
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    I might be leaning toward a compromise and use Mustang Bullets . They are retro looking and are plentiful and cheap .
     
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    Those look good on most cars, IMO

    Even the knock off bullet style wheels on GM's! :D


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    ModelT1 Still Lost in the 50's

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    Start hitting the swap meets. There are a lot of hubcaps that would look nice. Stay away from the modern look......... unless you want to swap to some cool hoops and skinny tires.
     
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    If you are talking about the Ford factory ones as on the newer Mustangs I would think twice. I've seen other older model Fords with them, the off set IMO is just not going to look good on a big 73 Ford.

    If you want the rat rod look, Jim gave a good pic...

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    I have a set of these from a 59 Plymouth, they just may go on my 72 Beateor one day, they are 15's

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    Not the best pic, but I run 57 Furry hubcaps on my Olds's winter tires, they are 14's so measure before you buy;)

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    67 T-Bird caps would look good IMO, they are 15's....

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    Or a set of these, Ford used them in 14" and 15"s, so back that make sure you got the rite size......

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    Thanks for all the replies . Unless I can find some old American , Crager etc wheels in my price range I'll go with some cool caps. There's an old school junkyard near here with lots of HC . I'll drive up there after the holidays .
     
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    Those covers on the mustang were used by all the big 3, mostly around 66 and 67, just with different centercaps. They look great but are very heavy and have a bad tendency to come off the wheel while driving down the road.
     
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    What about full moons or racing discs ?:):)
     
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    One of my favorites are baby moons on chrome reversed wheels. But that's sort of hotroddy!
    It all depends on the look you want.
     
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    Found set of Torque Thrusts 600.00 with good tires , wagon needs tires.
    how's the price ?
     
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    Here's a pic
     

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