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    I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    And I walked out with a complete set of wire wheels!

    Here's one of them after a little cleaning:





    The people at the cashier passed them off as "Rally wheels". $12 each! What a steal!

    Here's some shots of the car they came off, look how dirty they were before!





    They aren't in perfect condition, however. There's some brown crap around the edges and on the center piece, which looks like rust, but can be cleaned off with an SOS pad. Underneath the chrome still looks great.
    From what I understand this is quite common with these wheels. Is there a relatively easy way to clean them up, aside from having them re-chromed? I was thinking of having the tires taken off (they're not very good anyway) and letting the wheel sit in a tub of CLR. It should just dissolve the rust without me having to spend a week scrubbing with an SOS pad.
    Any other ideas?

    Also, there's a whole bunch of RWD broughams at my local junkyard. These wheels came off an '85, and there was a 90 with 2 wire wheels, but they were rusty. There was also an '83 and '87 brougham, as well as an '80 Fleetwood coupe, and a mid 70's Eldorado (didn't check the exact year).

    I can post pics of them if anyone wants.

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    Re: I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    Holy freakin' crap! NICE find!

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    Re: I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    Agreed, very cool.

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    Re: I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    Go to your local pep boys/autozone or whatever they call it in Canada and get some "Eagle One Chrome and Wire cleaner". Its right by all the soap and waxes.

    Just spray it on, but don't let it sit for more than a couple of minutes, and wash it off. Its amazing stuff, I don't even use a brush on my wheels and it works wonders(of course I clean them every week). I'm sure you'll have to get in there with a toothbrush and scrub away.

    Also, very fine steel wool soaked in water will work wonders on the rust. I'd get a set of tires mounted and balanced on there before you do anything, make sure they aren't out of round. The spokes have a habit of coming loose or bending if the car sat in one spot for years on end, making the wheels impossible to balance. Then that would require a full restortation of the wheels, something best left to a professional and costs a lot of $$$$$.

    EDIT: Just make sure that you only use that wheel cleaner on chrome plated wheels. It'll ruin a set of painted aluminum wheels on contact.

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    Re: I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    Quote Originally Posted by Aron9000 View Post
    I'd get a set of tires mounted and balanced on there before you do anything, make sure they aren't out of round. The spokes have a habit of coming loose or bending if the car sat in one spot for years on end, making the wheels impossible to balance. Then that would require a full restortation of the wheels, something best left to a professional and costs a lot of $$$$$.
    That's a good point. I'll have them test for balance when they remove the tires. If they turn out to be junk, anyone want to buy the center caps?

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    Re: I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    That's a sweet find! You lucky son of a !

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    Re: I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    Your right! You stole 'em! Mount them on a free hub and spin them. Watch for wobble or distortion to ensure they are true. If they aren't and you don't want to pay to straighhten them, you can always sell them to someone who will for more than you paid for them. I had the address of this place that straightens wheels on my other computer.
    The things you lose when you change out a computer.

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    Re: I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    Couple things:

    1. Great deal! As it was said, you stole 'em. They seem to be cleaning up well, too. Not much pitting! I bought my set for $60.00, and they came with 4 new tires mounted. I was pretty pleased, as I bet you are now!

    2. If you're in Canada, they don't sell the Eagle 1 Wire wheel cleaner or anything comparable up here. Believe me, I looked into it and even wrote the company. It's because of the acidity of the product, and laws and regulations in this country. Apparently some people in Ontario buy it in the US and frequently bring it back here.

    3. Why don't we have any pull-a-part yards here?! There aren't even any that will let you walk on the property, so it's impossible to know what they've got. And not only are all the old cars rusted so bad that the parts are unusable, they crush anything older than 1995 in these parts. Ugh!

    3. I used an SOS pad on mine, and it worked awesome... except for the pitted parts where the chrome was gone, obviously. Also, on the parts I couldn't get to, where I had to use a toothbrush. The tub o' CLR is a good idea though...

    4. PLEASE POST THE OTHER CADDY PICS! I wanna see them, especially the '80 FWB COUPE!

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    Re: I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    They may not be perfect, but seriously, for the price, they're comparatively as good as any other set. EPIC score, Lad. Next time grab me a tail-light lens and bezel and Sting will pay you for it.

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    Re: I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    Is there anyway you can grab a center cap off one of those wire wheels in the junk yard? I am in desperate need of only one. I have the same set you just picked up. And Congrats on the awesome steal LOL. I used naval jelly on the rusty spots and the parts on the spokes and worked wonders I just have to finish one.more.tire. Looks like you got yourself a field of dreams with all those caddies sitting there waiting to be picked.

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    Re: I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    Alright, here's all the pictures:

    The '76 Eldorado:





    '80 FWB Coupe:







    '83 FWB:









    '85 FWB:







    '90 Brougham:







    Notice it also has 2 wire wheels, but they aren't in as good shape. I can still get them if someone wants though. Also it only had one good center cap, and I took it (my set was missing one).

    There was also an '87 Brougham, mostly complete, but extremely rusty. There was literally nothing left of the bottom half of the rear end, and the body only had about 30% of it's paint left. The rest was giant rust spots. Lots of good interior parts from that one though.

    If anyone wants anything, I'll be going back next Saturday (most of them should still be there). I'd be glad to get any parts anyone wants, as I hate to see this stuff go to waste. I'll keep an eye out for a good taillight.

    Also, I've emptied my PM box.

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    Re: I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    Awesome!

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    Re: I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    My God, of *course* the '80 FWB coupe had to be a triple Colonial Yellow example with a beautiful looking standard steering wheel. A dream car of mine! Really appreciate you posting the pics, man. Congrats on the finds!

    And are there any '71-'76 RWD full size GM's there? Especially Chevys/Pontiacs? Really having trouble finding factory rear sway bars here. I need two of them! Anything?

    EDIT: 2 things:

    1. The left brake drum on that '90 looks new.
    2. What the hell is that perfectly rectangular hole in the lower left rear quarter of that '80 FWB coupe? Looks like a place for a marker light that never existed on any '80 Caddy I've seen! Anybody??

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    It's funny how they all gave good rear fillers.

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    Re: I went to the junkyard to get some switches...

    Quote Originally Posted by brougham_geezer View Post
    And are there any '71-'76 RWD full size GM's there? Especially Chevys/Pontiacs? Really having trouble finding factory rear sway bars here. I need two of them! Anything?
    Not that I noticed, but you can use their website to check:

    http://www.picknpull.com/check_inventory.aspx

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