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Old 04-25-2010, 11:15 PM   #15
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Thanks for the suggestion on the pliers Mike.

Believe it or not, the sales person at Wheel Masters told me they weren't worth it. Hope her boss isn't reading this!! But since I'm kind of a tool-nut, I'll probably end up buying them anyway. Can't wait till the shiny new stuff arrives!
In the meantime, I am working on removing the heavily pitted clear coat from my wheels in preparation for polishing them. Hoping the "Remove-All" does the trick.

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Old 04-28-2010, 11:27 PM   #16
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So the axle covers arrived from Wheelmasters today.

My initial excitement was quickly dampened upon further inspection.

They seemed nice enough at first glance, but then I noticed that in addition to the holes to accommodate the lug nuts, there are two smaller holes opposite one another, cut into this same surface for some unknown purpose (at least when used with my Alcoa aluminum wheels). This is the case with the five lug fronts, as well as with the ten lug rears. I could live with this.

Then it gets worse. The rear axle covers project outward about five or six inches which is great. However, into opposite sides of this cylindrical shape are cut two slots about 3/4'' long by maybe 1/8 '' wide. These slots each accommodate a REALLY CHEESEY piece of folded angle stock. One leg of this little piece of folded metal is "pop riveted" to the inside of this "cylinder" FROM THE INSIDE! (which leaves the randomly expanded end of the two rivets exposed on the outside of the axle cover). The other leg of the angle protrudes through the slot, and has a hole ( about 1/4'') drilled though it. So as you look at the wheel, you see the circular end of the axle cover with two projecting square "tabs" (with 1/4'' holes) opposite one another, facing you.
I'm told that these "tabs with holes" are meant to accommodate some sort of tubes extended from the inner and outer tire air valves.

In my case there is no need to extend the air valves. Maybe for a different application they would serve their purpose. The "tabs" are cheap, sharp, and poorly crafted (read "Made in China"), and virtually guarantee a minor or major laceration with every washing of the wheel. It would be an exaggeration to compare them to the spinning knives of a chariot wheel, or James Bond's Aston Martin, but you get the idea.

So do I drill out the rivets, remove the tabs, and live with the vacant slots and rivet holes? Or, send them back and seek a different source?

Another source, anyone?
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Old 04-29-2010, 04:28 PM   #17
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An acid bath and a rechroming is still a viable alternative...have no idea what the cost would be, just the results, if the cans are salvageable...m
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Old 04-29-2010, 04:47 PM   #18
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I have been monitoring this ongoing discussion and it looks like we are all having the same problem. I have found some really good cans that I can purchase from Alcoa. They are a little bit spendy, but probably of good quality. Its the ten hole flat ring that I can't find. Camping World or J C Whitney do not have them in the correct size.

I have been told that recent environmental regulations have driven most chroming shops out of business. Anyway I can't find one locally. There used to be several.


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Old 04-29-2010, 05:16 PM   #19
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There is a place in Grand Junction, Colorado that does several re-surfacing metalizers, but they are infrequent neighbors to Silverton, and we are currently in Austin, Texas...the pertinent info just ain't at hand...God bless the EPA...dump chemicals on a forest fire of unbelievable proportions using carbon-footprint machines of pretty impressive output on a conflagration of utterly incomprehensible output, but shut down the chromers...but, heck, they mean well, and they ARE employed...I need to retire...oh, WAIT!!!, I AM...
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:46 AM   #20
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My first set is now on its way back to Wheelmasters.

After a Google search of "wheel simulators", I've ordered another set from a company in California called "Pacific Dualies". I'll let you know how they come through. They're alleged to be constructed of all stainless.

The new set will supposedly mount by removing three lug nuts per wheel, which will attach a spacer/cover over (or actually around) all of the wheel lugs. The one piece axle cover (with faux lug nuts attached ) is supposed to then attach to this spacer. This one piece assembly eliminates the need for the five or ten individual lug nut covers per wheel.

I have my fingers crossed, and hope it won't look too tacky.
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:16 PM   #21
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Millsupply.com has wheel simulators. Not sure if they are what you need but worth a look in the StepVan Catalog.
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:22 PM   #22
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The new axle covers arrived from Pacific Dualies today. They look terrific!
Can't wait to get the wheels polished, and the covers installed. Installation looks like it should be easy.
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The new axle covers arrived from Pacific Dualies today. They look terrific!
Can't wait to get the wheels polished, and the covers installed. Installation looks like it should be easy.
I know this thread has been dormant for about a year, but the conversation is about spot-on for what I'm going through with finding correct fitting wheel covers / simulators for my 77 Argosy 24. Yeah, I know I'm in a Classic moho thread.

Any report on the Pacific Dualies mentioned above? It seems that when the post was made the install had not yet been done. I'm contemplating Pacific Dualies part number 39-1658 right now. I've tried the "universal fit" 16 & 16.5" wheel simulators and they didn't fit (hub/lugnut cover did not snap on to the retention plate). I negotiated with the shop (local) twice and still couldn't get things to fit up right. I bought some Phoenix USA pieces...snap on rather than under-lug like before. Unfortunately they were for 16" wheels and were not 16 & 16.5" like many wheel covers out there. I returned them. So now I'm stuck. I could order a set different set of "universal" simulators from summit racing, but I have little confidence that they will work. The Pacific Dualies are a little more expensive, but at least they are specific to Chevy.

I don't feel like spending another 2 weeks trying to get the right cover. Anyone bought covers / simulators for 16.5" wheels and had good luck with the fit?
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Had 16.5s on my old SOB, got them from JCWhiney.
S/S and they looked great, they were under bolt type
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Hmmm...bummer. I searched there earlier tonight and didn't yield much. Actually, it looks like Dicor FastLiner is likely the best option. I just can't convince the wife that bling-bling wheels are worth $300. She's not sold on $150 for the Pacific Dualies either, but at least that one can slide under the radar.
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Wow, that is one hellova spot lamp he has on the roof....
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Wow, that is one hellova spot lamp he has on the roof....
I guess so! Looks like the spot we used to use on the tugboats. Certainly would get your attention if you were coming at him with the high beams on.
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