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    76 Eldo Hubcap Question

    Ok super newbie question. As the eldo is front wheel drive, are there limitations to what hupcaps to use? From what I know about front wheel drive cars (and nothing of this vintage) the offset of the rim prevents certain caps being used.

    I'm not a big fan of the stock cap and plan on getting a set of wire spoke caps. I've come across a few from the late 70s/ early 80s that look cool but will they work?

    Also I see the dome that gets bolted to the rim and there is a lock nut and key? How do these work? Do you knock out the center to attach it?

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    Re: 76 Eldo Hubcap Question

    The wire discs will not work on these Eldos. If you want wires, you have to get true wires made for these Eldos. They are $$$$$$. There were also alloy rims available, but they are also $$$$$$$$.

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    Re: 76 Eldo Hubcap Question

    77CDV is correct.

    The reason for Eldorados having different wheel covers was that the wheels were offset differently to clear the much larger brakes/rotors/wheel hubs. Finding custom covers/wheels for these cars is expensive. They do exist, however.

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    Re: 76 Eldo Hubcap Question

    I must have gotten super lucky as I came across a set of wires that I believe will fit. Next time I'm over where I'm storing the car I'm going to clean them up and take pics --hopefully of them installed. Maybe you guys can tell me what it is that I have.

    They have a Cadillac emblem in the middle and have a high pitch with a separate wheel shield. These bolt right on with the rims and have chrome lugs. I put it on the spare rim and it seems to fit perfectly.

    So far looks like I got a score.

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    Re: 76 Eldo Hubcap Question

    Congrats! As I said these things do exist, but they're not that common. One thing that's been lost in the annals of time is that Eldorados, despite their size, were the "drivers car" of 70s Cad lineup. So things like larger brakes, stabilizer bars, larger tires, etc were part of what was included. Cadillac denied it, and I have no proof, but a few old timers have told me that Eldorado engines were higher output than the others. Again, the literature I have does not bear this out, but more than one old time mechanic has told me this. Maybe something we didn't know?

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    Any pics yet on your wheels you luck up on?

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