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Username Post: Wheel covers        (Topic#354214)
PLS 
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12-04-18 02:55 PM - Post#2753372    

I have a set of wheel covers and I have no clue what year they are. A CT member sent me some information that covered a few years with a picture of each but for the life of me I can’t find it now. I want to try and find a set of 1960 covers for my ’60 Impala but until I do, I was wondering if these would work and do these attach the same as ‘60’s? I don’t have the original covers and I’m reasonably sure that I didn’t just take them off. Some early pictures (1965) that I have they are missing and probably just came off while driving and that is a concern for the ones that I have now. I don’t want to take a chance on any coming off if there is a chance my ’60 wheels are different than the wheels that these covers go on. Any thoughts, Lamar

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12-04-18 04:34 PM - Post#2753383    
    In response to PLS

Lamar I'm pretty sure that is from a 65 Impala Super Sport, but please someone correct me if I'm wrong.
If they are all in that condition, you have a great set.



 
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12-04-18 06:34 PM - Post#2753402    
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Thank you, Brandon, I looked up the ’65 and it is the same as the ones that I have. I think that the whole set that I have is just like the one that I pictured and it is in really good shape, the other 3 are in my out building and I will check their condition tomorrow. I also looked up the ’60 and it doesn’t have the “hardy” looking attaching gismo.

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Two of the wheels has the 3 places circled.


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Two of the wheels has these nubs plus the ones that are circled in the other picture. I will have to check on the fifth one.




 
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12-05-18 05:33 AM - Post#2753447    
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  • PLS Said:
Thank you, Brandon, I looked up the ’65 and it is the same as the ones that I have. I think that the whole set that I have is just like the one that I pictured and it is in really good shape, the other 3 are in my out building and I will check their condition tomorrow. I also looked up the ’60 and it doesn’t have the “hardy” looking attaching gismo.




The three inner 'bulges' are for mounting hub caps (not wheel covers).

Pete




Edited by japete92 on 12-05-18 05:35 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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12-05-18 05:48 AM - Post#2753449    
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Thank you Pete for the information. Without having a ‘60 cover to look at what holds it on? If it requires the nubs then I’m in a world of hurt Lamar



 
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12-05-18 08:09 AM - Post#2753461    
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Lamar the original 60 wheel covers needs the 4 nubs to hold them on. Some company made some after markets that look like the originals but have a lot of teeth that wouldn’t require the original wheel. If you need a set of 60 wheel covers I’m sure I have a nice set I could part with. Just PM me.



 
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12-05-18 11:49 AM - Post#2753491    
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Thank you, Brandon, if that’s the case and it seems to be then like I said I’m in a world of hurt as far as using original ’60 wheel covers. Ignorance can be expensive!! Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda, I shoulda have checked into or at least gone over the wheels to make sure that they were all the same and that they were correct before I sunk the money into having them blasted and painted. I know for a fact they are the last wheels that I ran on the car because they still had the “bald eagles” on them but I have no clue why there are 3 types of wheels out of 5. Two seems maybe to be the originals with the nubs. Two has the flat part A which stays flat all the way to C and no nubs. One has the flat part A which goes back approx. ¾” to B where it drops down maybe 1/8” and is approx. 3/8” wide to part C and no nubs. Now I believe why some of the few early pictures that I have show one or two covers missing is because the covers wouldn’t work on the wheels. I was a young punk struggling from payday to payday so probably if something happened to a wheel, I just bought whatever I could find at the time. You mention aftermarket covers with the teeth, do you know of a source? If I can’t go that route, I may check into finding 3 correct wheels and painting them and then look into maybe yours. Just thinking out loud here but the nubs don’t seem very big to hold a cover with all that a wheel goes through. Thank you very much for your help, Lamar

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12-05-18 01:33 PM - Post#2753503    
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Lamar, you have pictures of 2 rims; I have to believe that the second picture is the type of rim you need.

I have mine sitting on shelves so I took one down and took some pictures to give you an idea of mounting and look.



This is the front....



This is the back side.





This what the outer edges look like. The inner portion would "snap" into place by way of those nubs on the second pictured rim. The outer sits nice and neat against the face of the rim.

Hope this helps.


Roger.

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12-06-18 02:22 AM - Post#2753582    
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Lamar, if I had wheels which were painted as nicely as yours, I wouldn't want to hide them behind full covers. Seriously!

Ray

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12-06-18 06:32 AM - Post#2753604    
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Hello Lamar, Glad to see you are about to finish your car(if they are every finished ha). I have a couple of 60 hub caps if you want them. Let me know.



 
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12-06-18 06:14 PM - Post#2753678    
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Thank you Roger for taking the time to do that for me, now I understand how they attach to the nubs.



  • raycow Said:
Lamar, if I had wheels which were painted as nicely as yours, I wouldn't want to hide them behind full covers. Seriously!

Ray



Hey Ray I understand what you mean about not covering up the wheels with except maybe a hub cap rather than a wheel cover but I really want it to look as close to the way it did when I bought it in ’62. I cringe at the thought of driving a cover with the teeth onto the wheel knowing what is going to do. I spent WAY too much on the wheels and if I had it to do over again I would have got something close and painted them myself.






  • corvesy Said:
Hello Lamar, Glad to see you are about to finish your car(if they are every finished ha). I have a couple of 60 hub caps if you want them. Let me know.




Thank you, Geary, it is getting closer by the week now and as you said it will probably never be completely finished. Thank you for the offer of the covers but let me see what I can do as far as maybe finding a set of aftermarket ones with the teeth as Brandon mention. The only thing that I have found that may be some with teeth is…. 1960 CHEVY IMPALA, NOMAD, 14" WHEEL COVERS, HUBCAPS, SET OF 4 W/ SAWTOOTH CLIPS
on ebay. I sent the seller an email asking if he could send me a picture of the “sawtooth clips” because the picture of the covers don’t really show them but I haven’t heard back from him yet.








 
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12-06-18 07:26 PM - Post#2753689    
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I just got an email from the ebay seller on the wheel covers. It looks like someone has modified an original set by cutting teeth in the inside band and bending them up. Thoughts? Lamar



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12-07-18 05:37 AM - Post#2753714    
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I believe there to be two variance of wheel covers for 1959, the ones with the "claws" I understand were possibly aftermarket. I have both the "Rim" set that lock in the nubs and there is that second set with the "Claws". See thread below which touches on this as well.

https://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?t...

1959 Impala Sport Coupe Factory 4-Spd


Edited by Los59 on 12-07-18 05:45 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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12-07-18 09:27 AM - Post#2753733    
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Thank you, Los, for the info and link, I did follow that thread but didn’t pick up on the nub/teeth thing at the time because I hadn’t at that time realized that I had a problem with having 3 different type wheels. You mentioned that you have a set of each kind, is the set with the teeth aftermarket? I am going to PM 1belair1954 about the ’60 covers that he found with the teeth. Thank you again, Lamar



 
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12-07-18 10:50 AM - Post#2753743    
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I see that you are quite enamored with the wheel covers. Good luck with your endeavors.

Back a long time ago (50+ years) I gave up on them because it did not take much of a 'jolt' to knock them off; regardless of how they mounted to the wheel. The last time I went looking for a wheel cover that had just come off, was the last time I went looking for a wheel cover that had just come off.

I'm NOT being critical. I just know how pissed I would be if, after going thru all you are to get the appropriate wheels and covers, I hit a bump and lost one. The hub caps were more secure as I remember.

Just a thought.

Pete



 
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12-07-18 02:46 PM - Post#2753763    
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I bought these on ebay takes a lot of hunting but they are out there.

https://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab4/joecuccovi ...

http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab4/joecuccovi a...




 
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12-07-18 05:12 PM - Post#2753788    
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I found some on ebay and then I sent the seller this question….. ( I have a 1960 Chevy Impala and my wheels have the “nubs” that hold the wheel covers on but yours says that they have “Sawtooth clips” but the pictures on ebay doesn’t show the clips. Could you provide a picture showing the clips? Thank you very much, Lamar ) He replied with the pictures that I attached here….Post#2753689, Above.
I replied back with this…… ( I sure appreciate you sending me the pictures but I’m not sure that they would work, it seems that this set is an original cover modified by cutting and notching the inner band and then bending that part up. I was hoping that they would have something similar to the picture of a 1965 Chevy wheel cover that I have attached but I know that originals didn't have this, maybe aftermarket if there is such a thing. I will have to give this some though. Thank you very much, Lamar )

Sooooo it looks as if my assumption was wrong because they look just like the pictures that you posted. Do they stay on well? Thank you verrrrrrrry much, Lamar




Edited by PLS on 12-07-18 05:13 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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12-07-18 05:29 PM - Post#2753792    
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Thank you, Pete, I had to look that one up. Yes it would be hard to end up losing one and with my wheel situation I have though about maybe trying to find some hub caps to run while just driving around and using the wheel covers when at a car show or something special. It just doesn’t look right without the covers on. Lamar



 
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12-07-18 06:34 PM - Post#2753808    
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I have not driven my car yet so cant say if they stay on although they seem to fit tight on the 65 rims.
The advantage you have I had to pay about $80 usd to ship to Australia😢



 
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12-07-18 11:45 PM - Post#2753819    
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I noticed on the "sidewall" of the wheel cover there is in small letters "LYON" , I always assumed the saw tooth wheel covers were an aftermarket wheel cover that could be installed new by a crafty dealer to save a few bucks, I believe the wheel cover was an accessory, or an option in that era, the poverty cap also could of been ordered and a/m full wheel covers installed, the nub wheels were not known for holding very well, and the saw tooth dug in better, but after a few curbs they were gone as well.

Does anyone know if LYON made wheel covers for GM ?

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12-08-18 11:34 AM - Post#2753876    
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Hey Lamar, just a thought here, some of the folks in my local VCCA region have had a problem losing wheel covers when they switched from bias ply (old school) to radial tires. Best solution was to glue them on with clear silicone sealer/cement. The wheel covers on my '58 fit extremely tight and are very difficult to remove, so I never glued mine on, but I was running bias ply tires. You might want to see how tightly yours fit when you try them out and then decide whether or not to glue. When I switched to radial tires, I got new aluminum rims, so problem avoided.

Good luck with yours and thanks for all your past help!



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12-08-18 12:01 PM - Post#2753879    
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Thank you, Mike, for the info. I haven’t driven with any covers on yet either, as a matter of fact it has only been driven approx. 5 miles since I got it to the point of driving, 2 miles to the tire shop and 2 miles back and probably 1 mile or less back and forth on my street. I know that it makes a lot of people cringe but I went with Coker bias ply tires for only one simple reason, that is what was on it when I bought the car in ’62.



 
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12-08-18 12:05 PM - Post#2753881    
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I have been “thinking” again, which is dangerous for me, after reading some of the comments and checking out the link that Los59 posted, https://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?t... I “think” now that my original wheel covers had the teeth because it seems that both could have been used at the time. Another reason is that in a post above I said, “Now I believe why some of the few early pictures that I have, show one or two covers missing is because the covers wouldn’t work on the wheels. I was a young punk struggling from payday to payday so probably if something happened to a wheel, I just bought whatever I could find at the time”. The real reason I now “think” that they had the teeth is because the 5 wheels that I took to the paint shop were all the same color, turquoise, the color of the car, duh, and the other type would not have worked a wheel without the nubs. I now doubt very seriously if I had of damaged a wheel that I would have bought one and painted it, I probably would have just put the tire on the different rim. So, I’m going with they were either the original wheels from the factory or the dealer. If they weren’t, I really believe that these were the ones on the car when I bought it, the car was only 1 ½ years old at the time. Trying to justify spending the money on getting different wheels painted.

I have a question to another seller on ebay and haven’t heard back from him. I will have to apologize to the other seller because I told him that it looked like the covers that he has had been modified but now that doesn’t seem to be the case.




Edited by PLS on 12-08-18 12:12 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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12-10-18 09:14 AM - Post#2754059    
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When I had my 60 Impala convert (in 1966-68), I had the same problem with these popping off, especially during hard cornering.
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Solution: A nice mail-order set of Baby Moons from JC Whitney!
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If you can find some, they will look great with your wheels, and be an appropriate "period accessory"!
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And, if you find a source for them please let me know... we're restoring a '60 El Camino, and I'd like a set.



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12-10-18 09:19 AM - Post#2754060    
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Im curious to see how a "59 would look like on some Baby Moons. I'm going with original covers as well. Hopefully without any popping off issues. Going to ride on Bias-Ply look radials from Coker Tire.

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12-10-18 09:44 AM - Post#2754062    
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Look at the pictures on this site. You may see what you are looking for.
http://carnut.com/


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12-10-18 08:08 PM - Post#2754120    
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According to the GM Parts book for 1975, that's the SS Passenger car (read Impala)1965 and 1966 hubcap.
PN 3964523. That may be a knock off, but it matches the image in the GM Parts and Accessories Manual 1962-1975 Catalog. The version I have won't let me copy out an image for you.
Here is text on the part number:
65 S.S., Caprice (exc. wire, mag.wheels),
66 S.S. (exc. wire, mag. wheels) . . . 3964523
Hope that helps,
Steve



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12-11-18 06:03 PM - Post#2754193    
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You are correct, they are for a 1965 SS Impala. I have a set of these on my 1964 Impala Sports Sedan. I looked into getting a set of stock covers for it, but they are so ugly that I couldn’t bring myself to use them. So know-it-all’s at car shows wouldn’t complain about my car not being an SS but having SS covers on it, I took the SS inserts out and printed some bow ties for them. See them at https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1964-Chev y-Impala...



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