Re: [Chrysler300] 300C hubcap fitting
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Re: [Chrysler300] 300C hubcap fitting

Not sure how relevant this is but my ’66 Imperial Crown Coupe has stock 15” full wheel covers which, at the outer circumference, fit proud of the wheel rim by 1/4 “ or so; a one year build only, specifically to provide greater air flow to and from the vented drum brakes.
My ’67’, they’re tight to the rim.
On Sep 15, 2017, at 9:47 AM, Marshall Larson granitledge@xxxxxxxxx [Chrysler300] <Chrysler300-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I have experienced the same fitment on two other cars, both fords, with stock wheels and full wheel discs.  No problem with it and I also believe it may provide better cooling.  

On Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 8:45 AM, 'Henry Schleimer' henry.schleimer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [Chrysler300] <Chrysler300-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Getting close to finishing my resto and fitted the hubcaps to my wheels and found something odd.  Here in Australia, I used Valiant sports rims (see for photo) in the 14x6.5”size for the optional larger Charger tyres - which is pretty rare (plenty at 14x6”).  They were sandblasted and powder coated.


When I fitted the cap I found there was a gap of about 1/8” between the outer edge of the cap and the rim.  After a bit of head scratching, I fitted the cap to a 14x6” rim I had and found the cap fitted flush against the rim.  After more head scratching, I found there is a difference in width between the outside flange and the depression where the cap tangs drop into.  This is the part where the tyre bead seats.  The rims have a JJ profile if that helps.  I have no idea why this part of two virtually identical rims should be different.  They should have just been ½’ wider in the centre.


If it isn’t an issue  - great.  You don’t really notice it unless you look for it and there may be a bonus in the gap will let air out helping the brakes cool.  


The hubcap seems to hold the same but I am a bit concerned the hubcap might be less stable with this gap.  Has anyone else come across this issue before when using alternative rims?




Henry Schleimer



Marshall Larson


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