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Username Post: Hubcap clip issue        (Topic#350640)
beachb 
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04-15-18 05:25 PM - Post#2731093    

I recently purchased a set of 1950 Chevrolet hubcaps. I also bought OEM steel rims that are 15 x 5”. However when I put the clips on the rim and size them for the hubcap it seems they are a quarter inch or so short of clipping into the right place on the hubcap. Has anyone had issues where they needed to put spacers or are there longer clips that I just haven’t seen for sale



 

Bel Air kiwi 
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04-16-18 05:17 AM - Post#2731130    
    In response to beachb

Hi BeachB. Unless you bought NOS wheels you have after-market wheels. They are not concerned with the small changes GM made that halted interchangeability.
One size does not fit all despite their claims. Unless the seller warranties they are an OE fit they are probably wrong in some detail.

As far as I understand. 49-51 wheels had the hub mount size for the Huck brakes axles. From about 51 on the brakes were Bendix, and had a slightly smaller hub center hole.
Also in the 53-4 era the clips were dropped and the hub cap mounts changed.

You probably need to check by part numbers when the exact changes happen as we got them a year out of date with the US market and I can not check part numbers anymore.

Cheers Kiwi

OE means original equipment. Genuine.
OEM means original equipment manufacturer. That does not guarantee anything other than they have supplied a maker. It hints at an indication of quality, like an ISO ranking but it does not mean you are getting genuine parts.



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Edited by Bel Air kiwi on 04-16-18 05:25 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
beachb 
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04-16-18 06:20 AM - Post#2731137    
    In response to Bel Air kiwi

Thanks KIWI, I got the OEM rims from summit racing and while they fit and mount like they should the new clips I bought are just too short.

After looking on line it seems some have had to make small spaces to fit undernea5th the clips to raise them up in order to clip the hubcaps right. I will try that first.



 
Keith_Knox 
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04-16-18 07:26 AM - Post#2731142    
    In response to beachb

I am not sure this is true, I had trouble with my 48. The first set of caps I got were to big for the clips. I then got a set that were correct.
I think they make caps for the clips and the same style cap for the humps. That could be the difference. I never proved it tho.

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rrausch 
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04-16-18 08:28 AM - Post#2731157    
    In response to Keith_Knox

The clips were dropped for the 1954 model year. '53 wheels still had the clips.

I took this wheel off of a '53, but it might be an earlier wheel. It's not a '54 wheel tho. They had nubs for the hubcaps.



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04-16-18 08:28 AM - Post#2731158    
    In response to beachb

You also have to be sure that you do not have re-popped caps that are intended for rally type wheels. In the image below, OEM caps on the left...rally type on the right. If you didn't make this mistake, a heads up for others.



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Bel Air kiwi 
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04-16-18 08:22 PM - Post#2731231    
    In response to beachb

Hi BeachB, Summit is an aftermarket retailer, they only contract manufacturing from suppliers. (Summits own brand products.)
Your wheels are aftermarket. So you are going to need to move forward from there.

Have a look at Chev's of the 40's site for hubcaps and you will see how many of them are not actually genuine fit.

If you didn't buy it from GM then its not an OE part, and more often now you can buy it from GM and its still an aftermarket item.

Cheers Kiwi



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And when it was laid to waste, they called it peace.


 

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