We all know wheels and tires make the car. The wheels that came with the car were three different colors and two different designs. I had three original rusty and corroded hubcaps.
My first reaction was to buy some nice new wheels but stopped when I had to decide the size limits and back-set especially if I change the rear end. So I took the shortest, most economical route. I got one more good 14” wheel, cleaned up and painted all five, including the spare.
I located a couple of single hubcaps but the sellers seemed awfully proud of one cap. $60-80 seemed a little high. I like the Rambler spoke knock-off hubcaps but those are way too much-if I could find a good set. Then I hit on an idea.
I love the look of dog-dish caps. Also known as poverty caps, they have a utility look. Now I know the reason for the caps are to make them easy to remove at the track but take a look at some of the 60’s muscle cars. Quite a few have just the dog-dish caps and they look cool and mean.
Long ago I had purchased a set of dog dish and trim rings for my Torino. Soon after I bought them on Ebay, I decided to go with the Magnum 500 wheels and raised letter tires from Coker. So the set sat in my basement for 10 years. When I test fit the Ford caps, they fit but clearly had the wrong branding. The trim rings fit perfectly.
I found a complete set of “R” Rambler caps on ebay for $60.00 and I had the combination. The wheels look good, and all for less than $100.00. I’ll run these until my driveline resto-mod steps are complete, then I’ll figure out what fits and looks best. Magnums? Chrome reverse. Classic Cragars?