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Username Post: Continued Progress on 59 El Camino, hubcap        (Topic#352924)
stevelegel 
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stevelegel
Loc: Detroit MI
Reg: 09-27-09
09-09-18 01:35 PM - Post#2745732    

The El Camino comes back from transmission shop tomorrow. 2 speed powerglide has new seals and no leaks. It ran and shifted well, but leaked bad. They said there was lots of sludge throughout and they took an extra day to soak all the parts overnight to remove all the old build up.

One of my 4 hubcaps was pretty beat up, I think a hard hammer had been used to pound it on at one time. Anyway I found a very nice used one on eBay, for only $12 and $11 to ship it. It is smooth and in great shape and matched the patina of my other three, but the black on the inserts has been worn or cleaned off. Here are two photos of how I masked and painted the details.

I cleaned the surface with acetone (nail polish remover) it dries fast and cleans well. Then I laid out sections of the blue masking tape, and used the top of a bic pen to detail the tape into the recesses of the turbines, then I used a utility knife blade to cut out the windows for reach turbine section, sometimes having to go back and detail it again. Then I masked off the rest of the area. A nice project for a rainy Sunday afternoon in Detroit

For the crossed flags, I used regular enamel paint from a small can, but used a flat toothpick rather than a brush. I laid a small drop in the middle of the recess of the flags and the fluer de le, then pushed the paint out into the corners.

then I sprayed the turbines.

The paint looks shiny because it is wet, I used a satin/semi gloss finish.


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Los59 
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Los59
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
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09-10-18 10:00 AM - Post#2745805    
    In response to stevelegel

Show us the finished parts when you're done Steve, I'll be digging into this soon enough myself.

1959 Impala Sport Coupe Factory 4-Spd


 
stevelegel 
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stevelegel
Loc: Detroit MI
Reg: 09-27-09
09-11-18 04:51 AM - Post#2745868    
    In response to Los59

It came out swell. I think the big trick is using the pen cap to really seal the tape against the hubcap indents before cutting with sharp knife blade, and I waited 2 days for paint to set hard...and patience.

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Los59 
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09-11-18 05:56 AM - Post#2745876    
    In response to stevelegel

Looks good Steve, I'll be incorporating the center spinner accessory as well on the finished set I'm working on so I may not try and paint the crossed flags.

1959 Impala Sport Coupe Factory 4-Spd


 
59cheviac 
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09-14-18 11:15 AM - Post#2746148    
    In response to Los59

The masking on that inner ring must have been fun. Ah, for the days when I had that kind of patience, lol...



 
japete92 
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09-15-18 07:09 AM - Post#2746206    
    In response to stevelegel

Simply to be correct, it's a 'wheel cover'. 'Hub caps' only 'cover' the lug nuts. The wheel covers are larger and 'cover' the valve stem.

Pete



 
1belair1954 
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09-15-18 08:05 PM - Post#2746282    
    In response to stevelegel

Thanks for the great photos I am going to tackle the side trim (airplanes) on my 1960 El camino they have small black rectangular in-dents like the Hub caps. Will use the blue tape like you have done I might hit it with some etch primer before the satin black. I wonder how they did the black at the factory must have had some type of template?
My hubcaps sorry I have the wheel covers lol are not to bad most of the original black still there.
On another point on wheel covers I have 1966 14"rims I was lucky enough to find aftermarket 1960 Impala wheel covers that have the teeth that hold them on so dont need the nibs to retain the caps.



 
stevelegel 
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Loc: Detroit MI
Reg: 09-27-09
09-16-18 03:29 PM - Post#2746350    
    In response to 1belair1954

nibs to retain the caps?

I needed one wheel cover to replace one of mine that was beat up from hard hammer hammering it on. The used one I found on ebay, is smooth all around the edge going onto the wheel, not with the "claws" like my originals. Do I need some other attachment?



 
stevelegel 
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Loc: Detroit MI
Reg: 09-27-09
09-16-18 03:31 PM - Post#2746351    
    In response to stevelegel

the big key to not getting bleed through around the tape was using the bic ben cap to really adapt the tape tight into the edges of the recess before trimming and using a really sharp utility knife or the one sided razor blade



 
1belair1954 
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09-17-18 01:19 AM - Post#2746397    
    In response to stevelegel

thanks Steve yep I will make sure I seal the tape down good to prevent the bleeding.
On the wheel covers original 59-60 chevy 14" rims have nibs or little bumps in the rim to hold the hubcap on. The later aftermarket wheel covers have the teeth like all later wheel covers and will fit on a standard 14" smooth lipped rim.
I looked for ages on Ebay for a set and paid more than the going rate.



 
Los59 
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
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09-17-18 06:55 AM - Post#2746412    
    In response to stevelegel

Hey Steve, what 1belair said regarding the wheel nibs or bumps to hold the wheel covers without the "claws" i have a set of both as well and was curious of the same at the time. I didn't know the ones with "claws" were aftermarket though.

1959 Impala Sport Coupe Factory 4-Spd


 




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