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jereklein
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Wire wheel covers

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Hi
I hope you are all well.
I recently installed the clipless wire wheel covers over my dog dish hubcaps on my 56. I have radial tires. They look and fit great. Although they feel securely attached, I had wanted to connect them with zip ties. However, there is no way to access part of the rim where the ties could connect because of the hubcap. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas about how to make sure the wire baskets don’t go flying?? Thanks.
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I would worry more about the skirts, I had one come off a year ago, I did find a way to zip tie the skirts. I have the same Wire wheels covers. I NEVER had a problem as long as you make sure that they snap in tight. Make sure there's no gap between the rin and the other edge of the wire ring.
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Thanks. I actually do not have skirts on the car. Although a pair of skirts came (unattached) with the car, they were never repainted as part of the restoration. I have read so much about issues with skirts that I never decided to get them painted and put on.
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I have both the clipless wire wheel covers and fender skirts. Neither has given me any problems, and I drive my car approximately 1500 miles a year.
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jereklein wrote: Sun May 24, 2020 8:16 pm Thanks. I actually do not have skirts on the car. Although a pair of skirts came (unattached) with the car, they were never repainted as part of the restoration. I have read so much about issues with skirts that I never decided to get them painted and put on.
I feel the skirts make the Iconic look of the Thunderbird
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you are right. I really should think about it.
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I agree with ICON 56: "I feel the skirts make the iconic look." The '56 Thunderbird has very little brightwork for a 50's car. Ford made the right decision to not include the Fairlane-style trim. The stainless trim on the fender skirts contrasts well with the body color and gives the car that classic look of the 1950's.
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Post by akmcmahon »

Sorry to hijack this thread. I've been debating whether to get the clipless wire wheel covers or splurge and get KH rims. I saw a small pic of what looked like the fasteners for the clipless covers and it kind of scared me off in fear of them flying off as the OP mentioned. Could someone with them post pics of what they look like and how they clip in?

I do plan to use the skirts, so not sure if KH wheels work with them or not. Thanks for any help on these. I'm so sick of messing with the clips.
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Post by klogsdonjr »

I drove the first year with skirts and now a year without. I appreciate both looks. It's much easier to clean whitewalls (usually the last thing I do when spiffing her up) without the skirts.
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Here's a video on how to install the clips, Not a big fan.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu5bdkCZLP0
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Kelsey Hays has been out of business for sometime now
You can buy knock offs
I purchased mine from true Spoke in California
They work fine with the skirts
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