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68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« on: September 13, 2020, 09:32:00 PM »
Has anyone ever investigated having the 68 Shelby polished wheel cover rings reverse engineered / reproduced? Is there enough interest in having new rings
reproduced?

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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2020, 10:44:16 PM »
I recall that Scott Fuller gave full wheel covers some thought (or maybe it was others thought he should?).  Seems like it was a cost feasibility issue?  Correct parts cost money, let's face it.

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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2020, 10:52:05 PM »
Hey Don, I believe I sold you one of my sets of wheel covers?
Slime Gold 1967 Fastback, 390 4 speed.

Black 1967 Shelby GT350 #130 w/Paxton

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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2020, 07:11:02 AM »
Take into consideration the stainless pie plates can be restored, that reduces the pool.
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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2020, 08:14:32 AM »
Eddie,

Good morning!

I did get a nice set of wheel covers from you. Just wanted to investigate if anyone ever thought of trying to get new stainless steel rings made before I try to find someone to restore the originals.

Does anyone restore the stainless trim rings on this site or have a recommendation?

Thank you.

Don
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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2020, 09:53:04 AM »
Tim Lea did mine and they turned out beautiful.  Tim is an the Forum.  He does not do the work himself but he has a guy.  Highly recommend Tim.

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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2020, 10:01:25 AM »
Thanks Corey!

I have talked to Tim in the past. Will give him a shout.

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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2020, 10:46:39 AM »
I looked into having them reproduced a while ago and once they saw the sample they weren't interested.  Wouldn't even give me a quote.

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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2020, 12:10:31 PM »
I've used a few stamping companies for the former business I was in and with the 3D printing and digitized measuring and die making, I thought it might be worth investigating?

There are a number of stainless steel stamping companies that advertised as small batch specialists. Sure would be nice to have new rings to install the cast spokes too!

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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2020, 03:15:17 PM »
Is there an accurate list of cars that use the same basic assembly? I think some MoPars use them. I found this picture of me and my ‘70 XL from ‘71 (ish) and it looks to have the type we are discussing. Many XL’s used the truck type,but this appears to use Shelby type......
 (That XL was my tow car for a drag car I ran. 429 4V was no slouch.)
This picture is 50 years old....I look the same  ;)

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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2020, 07:06:58 PM »
The wheel covers were made by Garwood Industries. The center cast portion is unique to 1968 Shelby, although some others are similar. The pie plates were used on other Ford products and possibly other makes as well. The issue is finding 15” versions, it was not that common.
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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2020, 08:11:22 PM »
So,if I could convince my helper to reproduce 100 parts,would it be better to make centers or outer rings?

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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2020, 08:34:28 PM »
I would prefer to have the outer stainless steel rings, as they typically have curb rash or dented from rubber mallets when installing. 

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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2020, 06:54:43 PM »
Trust me. Good centers a lot harder to find than restorable dishes

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Re: 68 Shelby wheel cover rings
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2020, 07:54:28 PM »
  As far as what fits Pete is correct that the Shelby uses a unique center. Most others Chrysler, Buick and olds were 14”. Interestingly enough the centers all interchange whether the cover is a 14 inch or 15 inch