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Old 10-27-2015, 06:06 PM   #1
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Wheels for baby moons ?

Anyone know if new wheels from vintage trailer supply (or anywhere!?) that will accommodate original baby moon hubcaps? Seeking 4.

VTS doesn't know if old hubcaps will fit their new wheels. Just would like to use those vintage hubcaps if possible but need new wheels asap!
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:54 PM   #2
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Check with Coker Tire or Vintique wheels.
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Old 10-28-2015, 10:36 AM   #3
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I've talked with Coker before and their wheel does not come with clips used for older baby moons. It is essentially the same wheel as what VTS offers. If I recall correctly, Coker did sell the clips that will support the smaller old baby moons. You'll just need to find a way to have them attached. I just recently received the wheels from VTS. They shipped across the country and arrived in excellent shape.
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Old 10-28-2015, 11:11 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info, all.
54fuselage-wonder if I can reuse old clips off split wheels I'll be replacing. Black wheels out of stock at vts. May have to just get grey ones and have painted. Was shipping reasonable? It wouldn't quote me shopping online.
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Old 10-28-2015, 11:25 PM   #5
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If you watch the for sale side of the site, they do come up for sale. A 1950's era Chevy wheel is the same, though you should check the weight rating of the wheel vs. the weight of the trailer.

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Old 10-29-2015, 03:13 AM   #6
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I don't see why you couldn't reuse old clips, but I'm not sure how much work will be involved in removing and adding to the new wheels. I went through the entire set of questions you have just a few months ago, and decided to hold off on baby moons for now. Like you, I'd prefer to add clips and use the small old baby moons. I have some 57 Chevy wheels and the clips are riveted on. I don't believe that I want to drill holes to install them on the new wheels and would consider welding them on instead.

Regarding shipping price I don't recall off the top of my head, but it is up there. I've paid out a lot on shipping with VTS over numerous orders, but tend to let it go because it's tax free and I like the peace of mind ordering from them and getting exactly what I'm after. Call them to check availability if you're after getting some wheels in black powder coat. I almost ordered the grey primer because I had another color in mind, however I'm thoroughly pleased with my decision to just go with black powder coat.
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What would a set of 4 used be worth?
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Old 10-30-2015, 06:30 AM   #8
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If you watch the for sale side of the site, they do come up for sale. A 1950's era Chevy wheel is the same, though you should check the weight rating of the wheel vs. the weight of the trailer.

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Hey Paul, will my original wheels except the new VTS moons they sell. Ray B
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If you watch the for sale side of the site, they do come up for sale. A 1950's era Chevy wheel is the same, though you should check the weight rating of the wheel vs. the weight of the trailer.

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Hey Paul, will the new moons at VTS fit my original wheels? Do you suggest I keep and sand blast the old wheels or update to a new mag or something - Original is good but not always the best I was told but I am new at refurbishing a 67 AS Sovereing.
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I have the original wheels and baby moons on my 68. The orginal baby moons attach with clips on the wheels. The VTS wheel ( I have one for the spare) does not have the clips. I think the only solution would be to either find original wheels with the clips, somehow retro fit the clips to the VTS wheels, or go with new wheels and new style baby moons. The VTS wheels are high quality and as I recall (been 6 years) the shipping was not terrbile.
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My OEM baby moons do not require clips
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There is a difference

Ok, I'll try and help clear this up a little if I can.

There are basically three type's of so called "hubcaps".

Some may call them by a different name,

1. Babymoons
2. Dogdish
3. Wheel Covers

1. Babymoons, the ones used by Airstreams until the mid-60's tended to be more of a "Babymoon" which covers only the center of the wheel, normally attaching via "clips" that are riveted to the wheel, the Babymoons are held in place by the lip of the moon being sandwitched between the clip and the rim.

2. Dogdish, which many call "babymoons" here, most often are called "Dogdish Hubcaps" by those with old cars of the 50's-60's because when turned upside-down, they look like a dogs dish. These are normally held in place by "nibs or nubs" that the Dogdish clamps onto. The picture 54Fuselage shows are those types of wheels.

3. Wheelcovers, Are a "Full Wheel Cover" which covers the entire wheel from edge to edge. Airstream started using them around the mid-60's. Most people have this type on their cars.

I've attached photo's of a standard Airstream wheel, babymoon and what it looks like in place.

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Thanks all.

Yes, I'm trying to replace original split wheels on a 63 for new wheels but reuse the babymoons. I guess I'll get some plain wheels and either reattach the clips or try to get new clips to attach.
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glw73069,

I think you will find, the babymoons you have will fit on the Airstream trailer wheel that was used for years. The wheels like in my photo above were used from the early 60's (when they went away from split rims, if memory is correct) all the way up through the 70's. The picture shown the wheel came off a late 70's trailer with 60's era covers. While posting this to you, I did a craigslist all search and found over three sets of wheels, some with tires for sale. Original non-split rim wheels can be found, no problem.

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