Looking for Replacement Center Caps for 14" Wire Wheels on 57

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Looking for Replacement Center Caps for 14" Wire Wheels on 57

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Hello;

I have been looking through all of the parts catalogs i have and have been unable to locate replacement center caps for the 14" wire wheels on my 57. They were on the car when i bought it, and i do not know how old the wheels are or the manufacturer. Anyone know where i might be able to find some?

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Re: Looking for Replacement Center Caps for 14" Wire Wheels on 57

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Check with Coker Tire.

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Re: Looking for Replacement Center Caps for 14" Wire Wheels on 57

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In case you weren't aware of this, the wire wheels were not factory for 55-57: they were an option for '62-'64 Tbirds (STD for Sports Roadsters) and are a popular (though not authentic) retro addition to 55-57s. A solid spinner center was used for 62, the style pictured is 63-64 and originally only had a black background. In the '90s repops started coming out with other background colors. The classic and vintage T-bird vendors carry them in their catalogs.
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Re: Looking for Replacement Center Caps for 14" Wire Wheels on 57

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Thanks. Perfect suggestion. Contacted Coker. They had exactly what I was looking for. Didn't know they sold wheels too. Thanks for the insight on the wire wheels. Thought the 57 T Bird may may have had an option for wire wheels, then was told they were only wire wheel looking hub caps, I'd rather have the real wheels, although not looking forward to cleaning them. Thanks again.

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Re: Looking for Replacement Center Caps for 14" Wire Wheels on 57

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Wire wheel looking hubcaps were only available in 55 and 56
TJSHEA wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:52 pm
Thanks. Perfect suggestion. Contacted Coker. They had exactly what I was looking for. Didn't know they sold wheels too. Thanks for the insight on the wire wheels. Thought the 57 T Bird may may have had an option for wire wheels, then was told they were only wire wheel looking hub caps, I'd rather have the real wheels, although not looking forward to cleaning them. Thanks again.
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Re: Looking for Replacement Center Caps for 14" Wire Wheels on 57

Post by ICON 1956 »

It's your car, You make it to your liking.If your into a concours car then those are not. btw I do like the wire wheels on the baby bird.
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