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  1. 5th avenue Rob

    5th avenue Rob Active Member

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    Just replaced my bulky 5th ave wire wheelcovers with some 57 plymouth caps. Not sure if I like them or not. The wire hubcaps are up for grabs. Looking for police dog dish caps.

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  2. BudW

    BudW Moderator Staff Member

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    I think any 15” rear wheel drive Chrysler product hub caps will fit and work, including the dog dish versions.

    Your caps look to be in good shape. I wouldn’t mind getting spares – but not really wanting to pay freight to get them to Oklahoma City, though.

    There might be some interest on eBay – but I wouldn’t expect getting a lot out of them (maybe enough to eat out one night).

    Also, you can place an ad for them in our For Sale section.
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  3. Aspen500

    Aspen500 Well-Known Member

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    For reference, there's a set of the 5th Ave wire covers on the local CL and they are asking $50.

    Also on the not really local but 150 miles to the south east CL are these:
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  4. JLN5thAve

    JLN5thAve Well-Known Member

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    Nice looking caps - mine came up stolen years ago - and I need some for my restoration. I see them on eBay for $70+ a piece.. Not very economical. I am amazed I cant find any local - New Mexico used to have a ton of that stuff everywhere.
     
  5. MoparDan

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    I can't believe how expensive they've gotten, a few years ago I only got $12. for my '82 Fifth Ave's and they looked brand new (I hate wire wheel covers personally) those '57 Plymouth caps look great
     
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  6. BudW

    BudW Moderator Staff Member

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    I wouldn’t spend $70 for four very nice wire hub caps.

    Wheels and hub caps – everyone has an opinion (and that one is mine).

    Thirty years ago, it was the thing, and in which they were stolen often (part of why they have the anti-theft bolts on them). Now, they are a pain to work with and hard to keep clean.

    They were far from my favorite (way way down on the list) – but after looking at options and my goal for my Fifth Ave, I may stick with them.
    The 10-spoke or the 5 on 5-spoke wheels are my favorite, for M-body’s – but they only come in 15x7’s.

    For big block usage, I will need a wider than 7” wheels – so hadn’t decided to get the factory aluminum wheels and go with max width tire for the wheel, or get some custom-made police wheels and re-use the wire hub caps – for the stock (sleeper) look.
    If I can find some 10s or 5 on 5’s, I might even have a pair of tire combos, depending on if showing car, or not.

    In my opinion, a car with 15” locking wire hub caps, equals the ultimate sleeper when going by outside looks.
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  7. 5th avenue Rob

    5th avenue Rob Active Member

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    The caps are free to anyone who needs them. Just cant afford to ship and dont have much time. I am in Mesa AZ. They are in nice shape. But no locks.
     
  8. JLN5thAve

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    What is the cost of shipping them from Mesa to Los Lunas NM? I do not remember how much they weigh, but I know they arent really the lightest ever made.
     
  9. BudW

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    Maybe I shouldn’t answer this sense I do not have an accurate answer. Once packaged – I would guess between 25 to 30 pounds, if the caps and gold part that attaches to wheels are included - for all 12 items (plus screws, if available).
     
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  10. JLN5thAve

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    Thanks Bud - looking at the shipping options - I don’t know if the USPS flat rate for $19 would work.. it’s a fairly large box however those hubs are rather bulky.
     
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    Semi off topic but,,,,,,,,,,,,many many years ago, a buddy of mine had a '73 Imperial. Those wheel covers were 15 lbs, EACH. :eek:
     
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    Poly Well-Known Member

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    Ya gotta go with wide whites.

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    Wide whites look great on those cars. Don't know if they would look good on an M body sedan. Best looking wheels on an M, in my opinion are the alloy Chrysler snowflakes.
     
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    For anyone seeking to preserve the original factory look these wire wheel covers would be a terrific find in that condition. Chrysler Corp. used a wider whitewall. Not w i d e like the photos earlier.

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  15. 5th avenue Rob

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    If you can send a flat rate box I will drop in in the mail. All four caps come in at just under 20lbs the box needs to be at least 17 x 11" to fit all four wheel covers.
     
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    They “might” fit inside of a 16” by 16” box, just not sure how tall. A 17x17 box would be better.

    Not considering the caps, I might be tempted to invert every other cap, so they don’t get damaged. Red = cardboard.
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    The problem with this is what to do with the caps, domes and screws?
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    I love that turquoise Chrysler (1960?) in the photo a couple posts back. Those, and the same year DeSoto's are the best looking cars built by anyone,,,,,,,ever.

    The wire wheels and wide whites look PERFECT on that car.
     
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    Bud if you wanted, theres several shops that will cut the centers out of stock steel's like Farm Truck on street outlaws and install them in wide hoops. They'd have a funky offset or a long bolt if you wanted to use the wire caps and/or tub the 5th. My 10 spokes are in my living room and Im constantly wondering and fantasizing about having the centers cut out and put in 10"x 17"-18" hoops. I never will, but the thoughts there. I think any of the Chrysler alloys look perfect on any of the mid 70s-80s (and others) Mopars.
    "Like they were made for them cars".