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2 hours ago, Elpad said:

Can someone elaborate on the showroom Roadmasters hubcaps? Were this optional equipment?

If they're the ones I'm thinking of, the spokes (with base) bolts on with the lug bolts then a center cap is snapped into the wire spokes.

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6 hours ago, RivNut said:

If they're the ones I'm thinking of, the spokes (with base) bolts on with the lug bolts then a center cap is snapped into the wire spokes.

I think those were the simulated wire wheel covers, could have been standard on the Roadmaster in 53 but not sure. Wished they had carried them over into 54

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2 hours ago, Elpad said:

I think those were the simulated wire wheel covers, could have been standard on the Roadmaster in 53 but not sure. Wished they had carried them over into 54

I was making reference to the same cover.  I just didn't express myself all that clearly.

 

Perhaps this picture of the wire part will help.  Then a cap with the Buick emblem would go over the opening in the center.  I'm not sure this is a Buick cover but the idea is there.

 

Image result for 1953 buick wire wheel cover

 

 

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6 hours ago, RivNut said:

I was making reference to the same cover.  I just didn't express myself all that clearly.

 

Perhaps this picture of the wire part will help.  Then a cap with the Buick emblem would go over the opening in the center.  I'm not sure this is a Buick cover but the idea is there.

 

Image result for 1953 buick wire wheel cover

 

 

Got you 

thanks

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13 hours ago, Elpad said:

I think those were the simulated wire wheel covers, could have been standard on the Roadmaster in 53 but not sure. Wished they had carried them over into 54

 

They do look good on a 54 if you are willing to ignore the not quite correct aspect of it.

LL54Buick_1.JPG

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Those wire wheel covers were supplied to GM and others by Lyons.

 

I had a set on my '56 Studebaker Golden Hawk that were factory options like this:

V1956-Studebaker-Golden-Hawk-Paul-Commara

 

Here is an article showing the connection with GM:

http://www.classiccarstodayonline.com/2013/03/03/a-look-back-at-simulated-wire-wheel-covers-part-1-the-1950s/

 

They are kind of clunky looking.

 

Around that time rumors circulated that real wire wheels could be dangerous, more of those old time cracker barrel mechanics. In 1965 I bought a 1956 Packard Caribbean convertible. The owner told me he was concerned about the wire wheels and parked it out by a hedge row behind his house. Some kids came by and broke all the windows. I don't think I had much more than the towing into it, but that is the kind of thing that happens when stories float around and scare people.

 

BTW, a 10 year old car in 1965, no matter what it was, didn't bring a lot of money if it had some major damage.

Bernie

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9 hours ago, raugusti said:

 

They do look good on a 54 if you are willing to ignore the not quite correct aspect of it.

LL54Buick_1.JPG

Nice, they do look good in a 54

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