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Username Post: full size hubcaps won't stay on        (Topic#336674)
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06-14-16 03:13 PM - Post#2633948    

56 Chev Hub caps wont stay on. Could it the the after market wheels?


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06-14-16 08:40 PM - Post#2634010    
    In response to Bryans55

Yes. Aftermarket or later wheels lack the "nubs" that help secure the wheel covers.

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06-15-16 04:09 PM - Post#2634168    
    In response to cdmhenry

Thank you, Bryan

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06-15-16 06:18 PM - Post#2634196    
    In response to Bryans55

Do the wheels have the nubs that hold the wheel covers on? If so, the wheel covers may be deformed at the nubs to cause them to come off. I have had good luck forming the edge of the cover out at the nubs so they stay on.

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06-15-16 06:27 PM - Post#2634201    
    In response to acardon

Don't know if it's true for each year of tri-five Chevs, but supposedly the Canadian wheel covers used a different (i.e. better) method of creating tension & tooth to the wheel, besides the nubs - I don't remember the details.

I'm to understand the nubs also help from keeping the wheel cover to shift/slip/rotate on the rim which has caused some rubber valve stem shearing.

You might want to look into the Canadian wheelcovers, unless you have a really nice $et already.


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06-15-16 07:22 PM - Post#2634213    
    In response to gotta56forme

Metal valve stems will keep your hubcap from rotating, and maybe even help keep them on.

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06-21-16 07:29 PM - Post#2635337    
    In response to bowtiefan

They don't rotate anymore since I put on metal stems. I also reshaped the cover were they go over the nubs.Will see if that sovles the problem next time I drive it.

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06-22-16 02:36 PM - Post#2635468    
    In response to Bryans55

I lost a cap with the metal valve stem installed. They work great to keep the cap from rotating, but when the cap did come off, it broke off the metal valve stem. It's amazing how fast a tire can lose all it's air with a broken stem
I gave up and now use gray RTV at many spots around the wheel rim to secure my '57 spinner caps now. Haven't lost a cap since, going on 5 years now. I use a paint can lid removal tool to pry off my caps now.

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