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Old 01-02-2003, 11:07 AM
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Hi,
According to Automotive mileposts, the 1960 T-bird has 4 Ford Hub Caps as standard. Among the optional equipment there are A) Sun Ray Full Wheel Covers and B)Sun Ray Full Wheel Covers with Appliqué.

I would be happy if anyone could post pictures of the standard Ford Hub Caps and of the Sun Ray Full Wheel Covers with Appliqué.

To all Squarebird enthusiasts - Happy New Year.

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Old 01-02-2003, 12:50 PM
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Thanks, Eric & a Happy New Year to you as well!

By the way, I am a very big fan of your Volvo C70 Coupe from your homeland! I almost sold my Lincoln Mark VIII & bought one, but the fit was a little tight for me, so I didn't. They are exceptionally rare over here. They were very poor sellers, as Volvo never advertised or pushed them. They were just "out there" ~ They arrived for 1997 and 2002 was the last year. Do they still make them & sell them in Sweeden??
Intheir final year here in the USA dealers could only pre-sold order them. None for inventory! If a buyer wanted to see one, he had to order & buy it....THEN he got to see it! Dealers sold 488 for 2002 nationwide! Strangely, from 1997 to 2001 they were 100% identical ! For 2002 they got a new grille !! Why ? The '02 is the only one I can tell the year of, and at 488 - I'll never see one
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Old 01-02-2003, 02:44 PM
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The Sun Ray full wheel cover is the standard full cover compared to the standard hubcap that just covers the center portion of the wheel. Though the hubcap was standard, but very very few 1958-60 Thunderbirds left the factory with just the standard hubcaps.

The Sun Ray appliqué is a plastic and chromed pot metal piece that attaches to the center of the Sun Ray full wheel cover. It has the Ford cat in the center and has red, white and blue rays in the surrounding three sections. They reproduce these appliqués, so they are often found on Squarebirds today. They were however a rare option when the cars were made. I will try to post a picture of these later, as these are the wheels on my 1959 Hardtop.

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Old 01-02-2003, 06:26 PM
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Sandy,

Glad to hear that you like Volvo. Nowadays it’s a Ford company. I don’t own a Volvo by my self, so I am not so familiar with the newest models, but on the US Volvo site there is a 2003 C 70 convertible, http://new.volvocars.com/models/intg...?model=C70conv
The UK site have the C 70 Coupé, http://www.volvocars.co.uk/
My local Swedish dealer show the model program on his site and there is a C 70 Coupé among the models, http://www.rebil.se/pv/pv-nya.asp Therefore I think they still make them and sell them in Sweden, and in the UK.

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Old 01-02-2003, 06:52 PM
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Thanks. Is these appliqués something I can attach to the existing Sun Ray full wheel cover? I’m look forward to see a picture of these appliqués.
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Eric

The (Sunburst) red/white/blue badge can be attached to the factory Sunray cover. It has three drill holes on the back of the crome circle so you can mount the badge. I have just got a set of repros from www.concoursparts.com

I know you had four different types of outside mirrors but only the standard hub cap and the sunray cap. The badge was an option for the sunray cap. You will see this option on my T-Bird at the power meet in July.
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Old 01-02-2003, 10:27 PM
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Sun Ray Wheel Cover for 1959 and 1960:
http://www.squarebirds.org/images/59-60wheel_cover.gif

Sun Ray Wheel Cover with appliqué for 1959 and 1960:
http://www.squarebirds.org/images/Su...er_closeup.gif

Screws attach the appliqué from the inside of the Sun Ray wheel cover. Three holes need to be drilled into the cover to get the appliqué to attach. Most Thunderbird vendors sell the set of four reproduction appliqués for about $200.

I prefer to attach the appliqué from the outside. I have slightly modified the appliqué and wheel cover to do this. The added advantage is that the wheel covers absolutely will not rotate on the wheel or fall off. I will try to publish the method of doing this on the website by the weekend.

I had professional Thunderbird endurance testers, Thelma and Louise, test my Sun Ray attachment method on my 1959 Thunderbird. I am happy to report that... Well, I am not really happy to report the condition of the car, ...but the wheel covers did stay on.

http://www.squarebirds.org/images/th...squarebird.jpg

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Old 01-06-2003, 05:51 PM
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Hi,

Thanks for your advice to attaching the wheel covers with McGuard wheel locks. In the short time I have owned the T-Bird the front left wheel cover came off one time. Fortunately I found the cover. The cover caused some dents on the paint on the fender :( . I noticed on the technical page that there is some special with the front left cover, wonder why? BTW, what part number do the wheel locks have that you use. Was the special McGard bolts (for the threaded lug nuts) enclosed with the locks or do they have own part numbers?

Thanks.

I like the picture of the wheel cover test :7
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Old 01-06-2003, 05:57 PM
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Kevin,

Yes, I look forward to see you and your T-Bird at Power Big Meet.
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Old 01-06-2003, 08:06 PM
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Because of the twisting of the car, most of the braking is done with the front left wheel, as most of the acceleration is done with right rear wheel. The left wheel cover is the one that most commonly turns and falls off because of the forces placed on it. You will notice that when the left front wheel cover falls off, it happens during braking.

I don't have the part number for the McGard center cap locks. The correct part to get is for the 1/2-20 inch size wheel stud and 13/16 inch hex wrench. These locks use a lug nut that has a threaded center. The wheel cover is held secure against theft or road shocks via a bolt through a hole in the wheel. I see nearly all the car services here in New York use these locks. It should not be difficult to get.

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