This will take you to the main site where there is history, technical information and other information on these cars.
This takes you back to the main page of the forums.
This is the control panel to change your password, information and preferences on this message board.
Click here if your lost your password or need to register on this message board. You must be a registered user to post. Registration is free.
Search this board for information you need.
Click here to buy cool Squarebirds mechandise.
Click here to support Squarebirds.org. For $20 annually receive 20mBytes webspace, a Squarebirds e-mail address and member's icon on the message board.
  #1  
Old 09-19-2005, 04:55 PM
tarps3 tarps3 is offline
Super-Experienced
 
Join Date: Jul 21 2003
Posts: 837
tarps3 is on a distinguished road
Default flying hubcaps

Does anyone have a good trick to keeping these hubcaps on the squarebirds?

I average losing about 1 hubcap per year (actually, I always find them but they are not usable due to damage).

The last one that came off was really nice too - it happened this weekend.
I was driving down a smooth road - no bumps or dips - and it just came off! No warning - scared me to death. I thought the drive shaft fell out or something.
Luckily it didn't damage my paint - only scuffed the white wall tire which I had to sand down a little.

Anyway - I'm running out of spares.
Anyone know how to keep 'em on?

Casey
60 hardtop
__________________
Casey
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-19-2005, 05:05 PM
Alexander's Avatar
Alexander Alexander is offline
Webmaster
 
Join Date: Oct 30 2002
Posts: 3,338
Alexander is on a distinguished road
Default RE: flying hubcaps

I had the same problem until I did this modification:

http://www.squarebirds.org/sun_ray_applique.htm

The first day I got my my first car, the 1959 Thunderbird, I could not remove the fourth wheel cover to inflate the tires for the first drive home. My friend who accompanied me told me not to worry, if it had been on twenty years, it would not come off now. On the maiden drive home, coming slowly to a red light on a smooth boulevard the wheel cover came off. It rolled slowly in a straight line done the double yellow line past my friends car. I honked my horn and pointe. I will never forget that!

I have also had this happen when a group of friends in the car. Once one wheel cover came off and cut through 50-feet into a corn field. It took six of us to find it. How you get six people in a Squarebird is a different story. People are thinner in their teens and twenties.

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

Thelma and Louise, professional Thunderbird endurance testers, field testing the Sun Ray wheel cover attaching system on a 1959 Thunderbird. They have not lost a wheel cover yet!

Alexander
1959 Hardtop
1960 Golde Top
__________________
Alexander
1959 Hard Top
1960 Golde Top
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-19-2005, 10:31 PM
byersmtrco's Avatar
byersmtrco byersmtrco is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Sep 28 2004
Posts: 1,611
byersmtrco is on a distinguished road
Default RE: flying hubcaps

Just take em off and bend the tabs out (slightly)
Makes em hard to put on. But they won't come off.

Sheesh, I have enough 60 TBird hub caps to start a TB Supply.

JB
__________________
John Byers
1960 Convertible (Orig owner)
Pic of car with my son Justin (15 Y/O 6'1")
Poss 3rd Gen T/B owner
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-20-2005, 03:37 PM
tarps3 tarps3 is offline
Super-Experienced
 
Join Date: Jul 21 2003
Posts: 837
tarps3 is on a distinguished road
Default RE: flying hubcaps

So, unless I have the Sunray covers, I'm outa luck.
Unless I want to have an exposed hole in my current covers.

Maybe I'll buy some snazzy chrome wheels!

Casey
60 hardtop
__________________
Casey
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-20-2005, 04:04 PM
Alexander's Avatar
Alexander Alexander is offline
Webmaster
 
Join Date: Oct 30 2002
Posts: 3,338
Alexander is on a distinguished road
Default RE: flying hubcaps

The basic problem with these hupcaps is that when new they stay on fairly well, but when they get worn, they rotate and fall off.If you look closely at the tabs you will see that they are bent to grap the rim. These edges get bent and dulled with use. You can bend them out and sharpen them to improve their grip.

With my mod with the Sun Ray center, you can go over any pothole, and you won't lose a wheel cover.

Alexander
1959 Hardtop
1960 Golde Top
__________________
Alexander
1959 Hard Top
1960 Golde Top
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-20-2005, 04:10 PM
Alexander's Avatar
Alexander Alexander is offline
Webmaster
 
Join Date: Oct 30 2002
Posts: 3,338
Alexander is on a distinguished road
Default RE: flying hubcaps

I found out someone used my Squarebird Thelma and Louise picture in a satire. http://www.unconfirmedsources.com/?itemid=596 The picture is now famous. :)

Alexander
1959 Hardtop
1960 Golde Top
__________________
Alexander
1959 Hard Top
1960 Golde Top
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-20-2005, 06:03 PM
tarps3 tarps3 is offline
Super-Experienced
 
Join Date: Jul 21 2003
Posts: 837
tarps3 is on a distinguished road
Default RE: flying hubcaps

WOW
you ought to get royalties from that!

You can add Commercial Graphic Artist to your resume now in addition to Squarebird Guru.

Casey

__________________
Casey
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-21-2005, 12:29 PM
dgs's Avatar
dgs dgs is offline
Super-Experienced
 
Join Date: Feb 13 2003
Posts: 921
dgs is on a distinguished road
Default RE: flying hubcaps

[em]"Maybe I'll buy some snazzy chrome wheels!"[/em]

That's my solution. I lost covers 2-3 times over 2-3 years, each time on a rear wheel and each time it got wedged up in the wheel well. That makes a real scary noise at freeway speeds. Not real good for the covers or tires either.

No worries now that my 'bird looks like this:

http://www.salguod.net/images/tbird/wheels_after.jpg


__________________
DGS (aka salguod)
1960 Convertible - Raven Black, Red leather
www.salguod.net
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-27-2005, 10:41 AM
tarps3 tarps3 is offline
Super-Experienced
 
Join Date: Jul 21 2003
Posts: 837
tarps3 is on a distinguished road
Default RE: flying hubcaps

Hey dgs, that looks awesome!
what size are those and did you have to modify anything to insstall them?

Casey
60 hardtop
__________________
Casey
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-28-2005, 02:20 AM
dgs's Avatar
dgs dgs is offline
Super-Experienced
 
Join Date: Feb 13 2003
Posts: 921
dgs is on a distinguished road
Default RE: flying hubcaps

They're Boyd Junkyard Dog's, 17" x 8" wide, zero offset. Tires are Pirelli P Zero Nero in a 235/55R17. No mods necessary, just bolt 'em on.

Of course that's after waiting like 11 weeks for Boyd to make 'em.
__________________
DGS (aka salguod)
1960 Convertible - Raven Black, Red leather
www.salguod.net
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:18 PM.

Driving, racing or working on cars can be hazardous. The procedures and advice on this website including the message board are opinion only. Squarebirds.org and its webmasters and contributors do not guarantee the correctness of the advice and procedures. The Squarebirds.org and its webmasters assume no liability for any damage, fines, punishment, injury or death resulting from following these procedures or advice. If you do not have the skills or tools to repair your car, please consult a professional. By using this site you agree to hold harmless the Squarebirds.org, its authors and its webmasters from any resulting claim and costs that may occur from using the information found on this site.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Any submissions to this site and any post on this site becomes property of Squarebirds.org . The webmasters reserve the right to edit and modify any submissions to this site. All material on this is site is copyrighted by the Squarebirds.org. Reproduction by any means other than for personal use is strictly prohibited. Permission to use material on this site can be obtained by contacting the webmasters. Copyright 2002-2016 by Squarebirds.org.