: Choice of Hubcaps?



DopeStar 156
08-02-07, 02:46 PM
As far as eBay goes I've been seeing some killer deals on hubcaps for my 76 DeVille so here's why I start this poll. I'm perfectly in the middle on this one, I need a tie breaker.......

Stick with these?
http://i2.ebayimg.com/01/i/000/7d/1d/045e_1.JPG

Or convert to the discs?
http://www.richardmperry.com/~pantera1/P2060505.JPG

The discs look more 70's than the wires but the wires are supposed to be the upgraded wheel cover, so I'm torn......

77CDV
08-02-07, 02:57 PM
I vote for discs, as they make the car look much more substantial. However, I'd try to find the turbine vane discs (they were optional), as they look much cooler than the standard discs. Here's what I'm talking about:

DopeStar 156
08-02-07, 03:24 PM
You're right, I do like those better..... If only I could find a set....

EDIT: Seek and you shall find. I just found a set of 5 on ebay for around $40. Go for it?

fleetwood76
08-02-07, 03:45 PM
Hello.
I voted discs, and yes go for the optional set.

However if you had real wire wheels of OEM style as a option in the poll, I would had voted on that.



jolle.

jayoldschool
08-02-07, 04:36 PM
1. Real wires
2. Turbines

Benzilla
08-02-07, 04:45 PM
Turbine discs. IMO, way cooler on pre-1977 caddies.

92cadbro
08-02-07, 06:02 PM
take pictures of them on the cars....and post it here.....it'll make it easier to decide for us......and you..

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-02-07, 06:03 PM
I voted discs. Wires just don't look right on the pre '77 generation. Discs are perfect for '70s cars, but IMO discs are a thing of the '80s.

CaddyshackCadillac
08-02-07, 06:26 PM
imo ive always favored the wires but for a poll find a better set to represent the wires lol those discs look brand new.......

gdwriter
08-02-07, 06:27 PM
I love the turbine vaned discs. I've never liked those wire hubcaps. Too gaudy for my taste. If you found a set for $40 on eBay, snap those babies up.

DopeStar 156
08-02-07, 08:32 PM
I just bought a set of 5 turbines for $33.60. Now I've gotta sell my wires.......

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=020&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&viewitem=&item=300116358971&rd=1

CaddyshackCadillac
08-02-07, 08:34 PM
well either way it seems that cadillac is tthe only ones who could make a good looking hubcap the ones made today look horrible.....

Benzilla
08-02-07, 08:35 PM
I can't remember, are your wires the kind with the lock in the middle, or by the rim? Or do they even lock?

bicentennialcadillac
08-02-07, 09:04 PM
I just bought a set of 5 turbines for $33.60. Now I've gotta sell my wires.......

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=020&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&viewitem=&item=300116358971&rd=1

Excellent choice. A set of fresh NOS crests will make them near new.

Highway Star
08-02-07, 09:36 PM
I've never seen a Caddy wheelcover I didn't like. Those turbines look really nice, but I love the wires too. Either would look good on that '76. When it comes to wire wheels, I tend to lean towards the old 50s/60s style over the newer ones. Those aftermarket ones with the spinners look bitchin' too.

casciomichael
08-02-07, 09:49 PM
Dopestar,

What type of wire wheel covers are they? Do they have the lock in the middle or on the edge of the hubcap, or no lock. Please let me know, I would be interested in purchasing them if they have the lock on the opposing ends. I am located in Clifton, NJ.
Email: casciomichael@hotmail.com

CaddymanTom
08-02-07, 10:18 PM
I too vote for the the turbine vane disc. I would also vote for the sable black centers on them that where part of the de'elegance package. Hubcap.com has them and will even paint them for you however they are 90 bucks a piece. :bigroll:

gdwriter
08-02-07, 10:45 PM
I just bought a set of 5 turbines for $33.60. Now I've gotta sell my wires.......

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=020&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&viewitem=&item=300116358971&rd=1Well bought, Dope. I've always liked that design. Very classy. You'll probably be able to sell the wires for substantially more.

I thought it was hilarious that I bought a mint hood ornament on eBay for $16, then sold my faded one for twice that. God, I love eBay.

DopeStar 156
08-02-07, 11:18 PM
Dopestar,

What type of wire wheel covers are they? Do they have the lock in the middle or on the edge of the hubcap, or no lock. Please let me know, I would be interested in purchasing them if they have the lock on the opposing ends. I am located in Clifton, NJ.
Email: casciomichael@hotmail.com

They have the lock on the edge and if you want 'em, make me an offer and they're yours. :D

Being in Clifton we can arrange a meet in Wayne too to pick 'em up.

DopeStar 156
08-02-07, 11:27 PM
Excellent choice. A set of fresh NOS crests will make them near new.

I was actually gonna repaint the ones that were on there with model paint or something. Should I just get new ones or try to repaint them?

bicentennialcadillac
08-02-07, 11:39 PM
I was actually gonna repaint the ones that were on there with model paint or something. Should I just get new ones or try to repaint them?

That would probably work, but I'm not sure you'll get the look or durability desirable in this application. It couldn't hurt anything to try, though.

A set of four NOS costs $120 or so from USA Parts Supply.

DopeStar 156
08-03-07, 02:09 AM
That would probably work, but I'm not sure you'll get the look or durability desirable in this application. It couldn't hurt anything to try, though.

A set of four NOS costs $120 or so from USA Parts Supply.

Yeah, for $120 I'm not so sure at this point in time. I'd rather spend under $20 for a few bottles of red, blue, white, gold, and black Testors model paint and touch them up myself. As for durability, this car won't see much road time so it should be ok. However one day a new set of NOS crests will be in order......

The Ape Man
08-03-07, 01:24 PM
Make sure that you have Cadillac wheel weights on the rims or those turbines won't fit. Cadillac wheel weights sit spaced away from the rim flange where the hubcap grabs.

Benzilla
08-03-07, 05:53 PM
I just repainted the caps on my Phaeton today, and they look great if I do say so myself :D The key is painting outside the lines and then wiping the surface clean of paint. You get a very crisp edge, and it doesn't look like a do-it-yourself special. I'll post pictures in my thread later. They look like N.O.S caps.

DopeStar 156
08-03-07, 08:02 PM
I just repainted the caps on my Phaeton today, and they look great if I do say so myself :D The key is painting outside the lines and then wiping the surface clean of paint. You get a very crisp edge, and it doesn't look like a do-it-yourself special. I'll post pictures in my thread later. They look like N.O.S caps.

Exactly my plan, I'm gonna do the trunk lock cover too.....

Benzilla
08-03-07, 09:19 PM
The trunk lock cover is a bit more tricky, because the unit itself is smooth, ant the pattern is on the back of the clear insert.

Cadillac_Fan
08-03-07, 09:27 PM
The trunk lock cover is a bit more tricky, because the unit itself is smooth, ant the pattern is on the back of the clear insert.

Would the pre-1977 Cadillacs have the plastic insert on the lock hasp? My '77 eldorado doesn't have one; then again, it may have fallen off!

Benzilla
08-03-07, 09:29 PM
Hmm, that must be different. On my '83 it was flat, I'd assume it would be the same on a 1989.

cadillacmike68
08-03-07, 09:58 PM
Tough choice, but I like the discs - aka sombreros provided that they are the correct ones for the year.

DopeStar 156
08-04-07, 12:01 AM
Hmm, that must be different. On my '83 it was flat, I'd assume it would be the same on a 1989.

I'm talking about my 76 DeVille. My Fleetwood has a brand new OEM one on it. The 76's trunk lock has no plastic over it. I don't think they ever did.......

Benzilla
08-04-07, 11:55 AM
Oh yeah... duh. I wasn't thinking. It seemed like you had the Brougham's replaced, sorry.

77CDV
08-04-07, 07:52 PM
Pre-1977 cars do not have the plastic cover over the crest design on the trunk lock cover. Paint away. Oh, and good choice on the wheel covers, if I do say so. But do get the right wheel weights and in the right positions, or the covers won't stay on, especially in turns.

CoupedeVille'73
08-06-07, 08:21 AM
voted for wire...
'cause my baby's got em
was an option in '73 and looks coooool....
will post a pic as soon as she's here with me
EDIT
Well, I was thinking a bit on the subject and came to the conclusion that mine is a coupe. Wires surely look better on a coupe or convertible than they do on a sedan.
But finally: they are pretty in any way -disc or wire-, as long as they are cadillacs...
EDITEND

DopeStar 156
08-07-07, 01:02 AM
Pre-1977 cars do not have the plastic cover over the crest design on the trunk lock cover. Paint away. Oh, and good choice on the wheel covers, if I do say so. But do get the right wheel weights and in the right positions, or the covers won't stay on, especially in turns.

Where would I get these wheel weights? I just have regular steel wheel weights on the car.....

fleetwood76
08-07-07, 12:46 PM
Hello.

Here is a old thread where the question about wheel weights was up.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/rwd-19xx-1985-deville-fleetwood-1985/61027-older-set-hubcaps-how-deal-wheel.html



Jolle

DopeStar 156
08-09-07, 01:06 AM
I just read it. Thanks. Still waiting for my new ones to show up......

DopeStar 156
08-09-07, 04:58 PM
The turbines are in and they're great. The problem with the wheel weights does exist and I can't put them on until I get the right weights. I did manage to get one on since I lucked out on the position of the weights for pictures though.....

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/DopeStar156/1976%20Coupe%20de%20Ville/turbine1.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/DopeStar156/1976%20Coupe%20de%20Ville/turbine2.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/DopeStar156/1976%20Coupe%20de%20Ville/turbine3.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/DopeStar156/1976%20Coupe%20de%20Ville/turbine4.jpg

The link to buy the weights was a dead link. Anyone have a good link to get these weights?

CaddyshackCadillac
08-09-07, 05:19 PM
those look awesome gives that 70's feel awww man this hunting for a decent low price caddy coupe sux ballzzzzzzzzzzzz

gdwriter
08-09-07, 06:06 PM
Very nice. Very classy. Color on the emblems looks good, too.

DopeStar 156
08-09-07, 09:20 PM
Very nice. Very classy. Color on the emblems looks good, too.

Haha, that was the best one actually. All the other crests are slightly worse except for one which has no color at all. All the hubcaps are very shiny though and have no rust and very, very, VERY little scuffs or imperfections. The one with the wreath and crest is a fifth one and was used for a continental kit according to the ebay listing. I was thinking of having it adorne my spare or hang on my wall. Either way I'll make good use of it.......

I think for the time being I'm just gonna pull all the wheel weights off the outside of the rims and just put the new hubcaps on. It doesn't matter if the wheels are off balance because the car doesn't get driven anywhere anyway. When I get it registered and insured (Hopefully next summer) I'll have the correct wheel weights and take the car to have them balanced. I'll get my old wires cleaned up and ready for either casciomichael who made me an offer for them, or ebay if he changes his mind......

step5pro
08-10-07, 01:43 PM
Disc!! But I also have wires too.

DopeStar 156
08-11-07, 02:16 PM
I pulled the old weights off (where I needed to) and put my new wheel covers on. How does everything look?

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/DopeStar156/1976%20Coupe%20de%20Ville/newdiscs1.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/DopeStar156/1976%20Coupe%20de%20Ville/newdiscs2.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/DopeStar156/1976%20Coupe%20de%20Ville/newdiscs3.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/DopeStar156/1976%20Coupe%20de%20Ville/newdiscs4.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/DopeStar156/1976%20Coupe%20de%20Ville/newdiscs5.jpg

CaddyshackCadillac
08-11-07, 02:43 PM
once u get some wider white walls all will be swell but definately feels like u travel back to the seventies when u look at it nice job.....

77CDV
08-11-07, 03:03 PM
Get some skirts on that bad boy and you'll have a very nice 20-footer. Those discs look sweet on that car, very classy.

Craig

Cadillac_Fan
08-11-07, 03:30 PM
Good call on the discs - really turned out fabulous. You genuinely whipped that dandy of a Cadillac into shape and looking great. I bet you're loving that moonroof / "bone-thrower" as they call them in the ghetto.

That's one DeVille that would be a riot to cruise the likes of Sea Isle City or Avalon.

PS: Sharp T-Bird, too, by the way.

gdwriter
08-12-07, 12:18 AM
Most excellent; gives the car a very classy look. I've always liked the turbine vanes, and they look perfect on any mid- to late-70s Cadillac.

DopeStar 156
08-12-07, 01:52 AM
Thanks. I love them myself, the car looks more 70's now and definately has pretty good potential to be an impressive looking car at this point. They have rekindled my desire to restore it which was fading as of the last few weeks.......

75sled
03-18-08, 03:41 PM
Make sure that you have Cadillac wheel weights on the rims or those turbines won't fit. Cadillac wheel weights sit spaced away from the rim flange where the hubcap grabs.

Hey Ape Man, where do you find those sort of weights. I had a set of tires put on my 75 Coupe and they forced the hub caps back on. When i took them off to do some brake work, I noticed some of the catch fingers bent. Pissed me off, but realized that was the only way they could do it (not knowing there was a special weight).