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« on: December 11, 2017, 11:01:45 AM »

It has been a year and a half since I decided I wanted to use the stock wheel covers I got with my car when I bought the car.  I did not have stock wheels however.  But thanks to this forum I was able to acquire a full set of 5 wheels.  I then decided to refurbish my wheel covers and again with the help of this forum learned just how to do it.  So I just received a set of large letter GOODYEAR tires I purchased again using contacts from this forum.  So the journey is complete.  Come spring I will actually mount them on the car.

You may notice I made sure the folks mounting and balancing the tires mounted them such that the GOODYEAR is centered on the opposite side from the valve stem.  That way when the wheel cover is installed the GOODYEAR is centered over the cobra.  Just a small detail I thought would look cool.



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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2017, 11:08:26 AM »

Well done

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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2017, 11:11:19 AM »

Awesome job!  PeelOut

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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2017, 11:11:34 AM »

Very nice!  But keep watch on those Kelsey tires, I had two sets that had tread separations along the outside tread and came apart on the road.  Good luck!



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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2017, 11:14:14 AM »

It has been a year and a half since I decided I wanted to use the stock wheel covers I got with my car when I bought the car.  I did not have stock wheels however.  But thanks to this forum I was able to acquire a full set of 5 wheels.  I then decided to refurbish my wheel covers and again with the help of this forum learned just how to do it.  So I just received a set of large letter GOODYEAR tires I purchased again using contacts from this forum.  So the journey is complete.  Come spring I will actually mount them on the car.

You may notice I made sure the folks mounting and balancing the tires mounted them such that the GOODYEAR is centered on the opposite side from the valve stem.  That way when the wheel cover is installed the GOODYEAR is centered over the cobra.  Just a small detail I thought would look cool.
nice. As a guy who used to build wheels at one of our facilities I got to ask how much weights were used? On new cars the disc on steel wheels was "offset" and the tires were checked and a round sticker(green or orange)  on the tire where it was meant to line up with the valve stem to offset the "unbalanced" new tire so to speak. The sticker was always lined up with the valve stem hole to limit the amount of lead on a wheel. If you ever seen new cars over the years going on a car hauler you would see these stickers on the tires and it was always by the valve stem. Take 5 wheels a car and cut the amount of lead = mass savings per year in lead weights for car manufacturers. I have watched tire installer balance tires before at tire stores and stop, break down the tire, spin it and start over again. They didn't have the dot luxury for balancing. I would think even with the idea these wheels had to be balanced with this much heavier  hubcap I would think when the tire was  installed at the factory they did it in the normal method? I wonder about that. BTW on my 69-70 Shelby wheels I have mass quantities of weights on 2 wheels and 1 set fell off last winter. I wonder if they should have "spun" the tire to try and lower the  sticker weights on the inside of the wheel. Gary

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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2017, 12:16:17 PM »

Very nice!  But keep watch on those Kelsey tires, I had two sets that had tread separations along the outside tread and came apart on the road.  Good luck!

Looks like rubbing on the wheel lip/molding caused that.

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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2017, 12:24:35 PM »

Good Job! Donít you love it when a plan comes together and it works out so well? Amazing how knowledgeable and willing to help the SAAC forum members are, someone always has the info you need.
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2017, 12:26:02 PM »

Looks like rubbing on the wheel lip/molding caused that.

Nope, stock fenders, stock suspension, stock wheels, stock tires, stock hubcaps, no rubbing, poor quality tire.  They replaced them no charge, said it has happened before.

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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2017, 02:03:20 PM »

Nope, stock fenders, stock suspension, stock wheels, stock tires, stock hubcaps, no rubbing, poor quality tire.  They replaced them no charge, said it has happened before.

Good to know.

Had one of the older repro sets on my '68 convertible, looked good on the front side, rubber all cracked up on the back.

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« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2017, 02:53:57 PM »

It has been a year and a half since I decided I wanted to use the stock wheel covers I got with my car when I bought the car.  I did not have stock wheels however.  But thanks to this forum I was able to acquire a full set of 5 wheels.  I then decided to refurbish my wheel covers and again with the help of this forum learned just how to do it.  So I just received a set of large letter GOODYEAR tires I purchased again using contacts from this forum.  So the journey is complete.  Come spring I will actually mount them on the car.

You may notice I made sure the folks mounting and balancing the tires mounted them such that the GOODYEAR is centered on the opposite side from the valve stem.  That way when the wheel cover is installed the GOODYEAR is centered over the cobra.  Just a small detail I thought would look cool.
They Look fantastic, MCACN Show this year? Car will be 50 years old
Still waiting for my original wheels to come back from Jim Cowles

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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2017, 04:07:19 PM »

Thank you all for the kind words.  To get a "well done" from Pete is high praise.  It is awesome when a plan comes together.

I took a look at the weights they added to balance and it does not look to me like an inordinate amount.  One or two per wheel.

Steve, I am not sure my car is worthy of such a show.  It is very much a driver and has no long ownership (by me anyway) or huge milage credits to its name.  I may very well go to the show but getting my car there would be problematic.

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« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2017, 04:12:57 PM »

Nicely done.

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« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2017, 05:05:57 PM »

They really look great.

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« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2017, 05:18:51 PM »

as a side note, you should rebalance with the wheel covers on (due to the heavy weight) phred

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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2017, 08:47:43 PM »

Thank you all for the kind words.  To get a "well done" from Pete is high praise.  It is awesome when a plan comes together.

I took a look at the weights they added to balance and it does not look to me like an inordinate amount.  One or two per wheel.

Steve, I am not sure my car is worthy of such a show.  It is very much a driver and has no long ownership (by me anyway) or huge milage credits to its name.  I may very well go to the show but getting my car there would be problematic.

Iíve seen youíre car itís worthy, plus you donít see 68 GT350ís very often. Doesnít have to fit into one of the bigger exhibits, but this year they will probably have a Class of 68 section.

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