Afternoon all, so my 55 f100 badly needs new tires, and before I purchase those, I want to have a tire/wheel plan that I can live with for a while.
I like the way it sits on the tire/wheel combination it has now, but I cannot stand the hubcaps on the truck. They are center caps from a much later ford truck, and just look wrong. My dad (former owner) believes he got the wheels (in the 70’s) from a late 60’s early 70’s ford. They are 15”, not sure about the width, and the center caps wrap around the center of the wheel (rather than insert into).
Honestly, I don’t much care that the wheels are not original, but the look I want is a nicely painted/powder coated steel wheel with a center cover that looks like it could have been used in the 50’s (if not something that looks original.. though I prefer chrome to painted), and maybe some beauty rings to finish off.
That was a very long intro to my question…. I’ve been able to find a source for “baby moons” that should fit the later model ford wheels, but any other center cap I’ve found (and like), are made to insert into, rather than wrap round, the wheel center. Is there a source for more “vintage” looking center caps that will fit on these older model wheels, or do I just need to look for some different wheels?
Appreciation and respect to anyone that read all of that.
The two hubcap mounting styles do have their unique looks. You'll need to decide what you want your truck to look like. If you want smaller caps, you'll have to change wheels, there's no way around that. If you are ok with the larger caps, Ford started to use that size on cars in 1949, so there's a lot of 50's style caps that could work as an alternative to the baby moons (which would be my choice, fwiw). A google search will bring up tons of images.
A while back someone was making a early looking cap that fits on the later wheels with the knubs on the outside of center. I am sure they had the late 40's F1 style caps. Let me see if I can find out who that is, if they are still around. From the problem some seem to be having with the early style repo caps staying on, it might be a better way.
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Hey there. On my 52 I have 8 lug wheels. I sourced chrome hub covers over a painted wheel with trim rings. I get many comments specifically on the wheel treatment. I also had FORD script vinyl lettering made for each of the hub covers. I'll try to post a pic.
'52 Ford F3, 3/4 Ton- Meridian, ID
In my experience, the options are pretty limited for the "later" model wheels you probably have. The inside diameter of the hub cap needs to be about 10 1/4". I've been using Mr. Gasket baby moons for 4-5 years on my '65 with, I believe, the same wheels you have. They didn't fit right and I had to use a Dremel to make some room. They have stayed on pretty well ever since.
If you find any older looking hub caps that work, please let us know!
The only factory hub cap that I really like for these wheels, which I just bought, came on some '65 and '66 F100's and 1964 galaxies, customs, and 500's. There are some out there that are 9 1/2" so you gotta make sure they are 10 1/4".
Schuyler '65 F100 // 240/3spd/9" // power disc brake conversion '56 F100 // 351m/c6/9" // Down and Forward springs/Sid's drop axle // Short and Smooth rear springs/extended rear hangers/adjustable front hangers
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