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PostSubject: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 2:26 pm

I have had this idea for some time now. And since I had an old set of ss wheels, I figured I'd give it a go. So I started stripping them last night.

This is how all four looked when I started. affraid


Here is the chemical stripper at work on two of them.


Here is the first one after the center cap ridges are ground off. Just under an hour to get this far. Still needs final sand before powdercoat


Close up.


Kinda looks Corvette-ish
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 4:40 pm

that looks good Bill.
to bad there isnt some way to fill in the 2 square indents.
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 4:43 pm

Bill, those are the ones that I sold you right? You ever straighten them out?
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 4:45 pm

laidlow91 wrote:
that looks good Bill.
to bad there isnt some way to fill in the 2 square indents.
If I thought J-B weld would hold up to 400 degrees for an hour, I might use that and also fill the ridge.
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 4:46 pm

Tomz9C1 wrote:
Bill, those are the ones that I sold you right? You ever straighten them out?
They are. Except I thought they were JRs. scratch

I beat it with a hammer..... Really! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 6:09 pm

i did a quick search on yahoo using "powder coating jb weld"
came up with alot of info.
off jb welds website seems to be good up to 500*
some of the forum topics it brought up talked about jb weld
being a p/c's secret for filling weld imperfections.
it seems the common thing brought up in all the threads is to use
the original jb and NOT the "quick set".

hope this helps out a little.

http://jbweld.net/products/jbweld.php

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=284651
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 6:56 pm

laidlow91 wrote:
i did a quick search on yahoo using "powder coating jb weld"
came up with alot of info.
off jb welds website seems to be good up to 500*
some of the forum topics it brought up talked about jb weld
being a p/c's secret for filling weld imperfections.
it seems the common thing brought up in all the threads is to use
the original jb and NOT the "quick set".

hope this helps out a little.

http://jbweld.net/products/jbweld.php

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=284651
Actually, it helps alot.Very Happy Thank you.
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 7:06 pm

IMPALADAKID wrote:
Tomz9C1 wrote:
Bill, those are the ones that I sold you right? You ever straighten them out?
They are. Except I thought they were JRs. scratch

I beat it with a hammer..... Really! Wink

Sorry...that was me that posted under the old man's name. I'm on his comp and forgot to log him out...lol. You seriously hit them with a hammer and it came out fine? You get em balanced?
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 7:09 pm

JRS9C1 wrote:
You get em balanced?
Once the tires go on.
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 7:18 pm

Rockin', Billy Mac!!!! I like it!

And JB Weld FTW!!!! It's not just for oil pans anymore! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 7:22 pm

It should be noted that those wheels came off my Impala and where extremely corroded at one point. They look phenomenal now...

JB those babies and show us the finished product!

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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 9:06 pm

Looks NIce cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 9:55 pm

How about radiusing them as you come out of the lug area deep enough to make the pocket disappear?

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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 10:02 pm

sdstick wrote:
How about radiusing them as you come out of the lug area deep enough to make the pocket disappear?
That is what the jb weld talk is for. I was going to radius it the way it is, but I think some additional material from the jb weld will make a better looking final product.
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 14, 2009 11:14 pm

sdstick wrote:
How about radiusing them as you come out of the lug area deep enough to make the pocket disappear?

I was thinking the same thing, but somehow knew that Billy would be looking at those and seeing exactly what we saw, so I was going to wait and see if he did it... Man would that make a clean looking exposed lug rim...That would get me thinking about doing it...Hell, I have the rims, and it would really only cost time till powder coating time...

I must see the finished product, every time i pull the caps on mine to take a tire off I love the look of the open middle...
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Mon May 18, 2009 8:21 pm

Before

Side by side: Notice I grinded the ridge off

After


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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Mon May 18, 2009 8:35 pm

Dude! DUDE! DUDE!!!!!!!

afro

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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Mon May 18, 2009 8:36 pm

those look bitchin.Twisted Evil
have you done all 4 yet?

have you figured out something for the hub hole yet?
if not what is the size of the hole?
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Mon May 18, 2009 8:47 pm

laidlow91 wrote:
those look bitchin.Twisted Evil
have you done all 4 yet?

have you figured out something for the hub hole yet?
if not what is the size of the hole?
I have grinded the ridge off in the hub as well. I will have to get a measurment and see what center cap will fit. Not sure if I will do a black plastic or chrome cap yet. May just paint the hubs red and call it a day.
Maybe this
http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=ARE%2D1327000S&N=700+4294923107+4294880564+4294880563+115&autoview=sku
I have one done 100% and one 95% done.


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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Mon May 18, 2009 9:07 pm

me next me next me next bounce bounce
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PostSubject: Ready for powdercoat   Tue May 19, 2009 6:28 pm

The grinding, sanding and buffing is now over. These puppies look great IMO.
Just washed and ready for powdercoat. cheers


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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Tue May 19, 2009 7:20 pm

What about the JB Weld?

Those look FARKING AWESOME, btw!!!!!! Very Happy

king

EDIT: Also... You should open up the center bores now to fit a standard aftermarket center cap. Definately before you send them in for powdercoating. Then you won't have to try and fudge a way to cover the hubs.

I think the 3.300" will work well.

$3.99 @ Summit each with NO LOGO! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Tue May 19, 2009 7:45 pm

How many hours do you have into those? I'm thinking you have yourself a possible part time business venture... I could see those selling like hotcakes... you could pick up corroded rim sets on the cheap and turn some coin on those...If my car was seeing the road this year I would have a set commissioned from you already dude.

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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Tue May 19, 2009 7:53 pm

toomanytoyz wrote:
What about the JB Weld?

Those look FARKING AWESOME, btw!!!!!! Very Happy

king

EDIT: Also... You should open up the center bores now to fit a standard aftermarket center cap. Definately before you send them in for powdercoating. Then you won't have to try and fudge a way to cover the hubs.

I think the 3.300" will work well.

$3.99 @ Summit each with NO LOGO! Very Happy
I decided to just grind the ridge off instead of filling it with j-b weld after I tried to fill, and it was not doing what I wanted it to do.

I did grind the centering ridge out of the hub hole to accept a centercap. I will have to measure, but it should take a 3.300"
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Thu May 21, 2009 6:01 am

I may go with this one, as the hole is barely 3.250"

http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=AEW%2DACC317006&N=700+4294923107+4294880564+4294880563+4294789880+115&autoview=sku
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Sun May 24, 2009 1:06 pm

Well..............? Smile



EDIT: Also... eBay... no logo caps:

3.195"

Bolt On

Used set of 4 for 11 bucks SHIPPED!

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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Sun May 24, 2009 10:59 pm

can't wait to see them with a center cap, what color powder coating is it going to be,
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Mon May 25, 2009 8:54 pm

toomanytoyz wrote:
Well..............? Smile



EDIT: Also... eBay... no logo caps:

3.195"

Bolt On

Used set of 4 for 11 bucks SHIPPED!
Thanks for the center cap heads up Bill.

Wheels are now off for powdercoat. I should have them back tomorrow or the next day. They will come back solid gloss black

Here are some ideas I have tried over the past couple days. All the caps were donated for trying different ideas by Anthony. But I had to open the holes up to 3.25" to make them fit.

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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Mon May 25, 2009 9:02 pm

I like the second pic. No need for a huge center cap.
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PostSubject: exposed lug nut wheel mod.   Tue May 26, 2009 7:20 am

i cant decide which one of centers i like the best.
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Tue May 26, 2009 11:50 am

I like the chrome center cap
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Tue May 26, 2009 6:34 pm

I love the bullet cap, but I gotta wonder if it'll clear the front hubs?

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PostSubject: Yey!   Fri May 29, 2009 4:59 pm





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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Fri May 29, 2009 5:01 pm

That's damn sexy!

Nice work, Billy!!!!!

bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Fri May 29, 2009 5:22 pm

Gawd damn that is gonna look sweet!
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Fri May 29, 2009 6:44 pm

LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bounce
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PostSubject: exposed lug nut wheel mod.   Fri May 29, 2009 7:02 pm

what i said on issf. billymac strikes again. those are nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Fri May 29, 2009 7:57 pm

Powda coat 101
This would not be complete without the other three.




He even did the back side.
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PostSubject: exposed lug nut wheel mod   Fri May 29, 2009 8:25 pm

cant wait to see with the center caps. and are you going to do some custom paint scheme?
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Fri May 29, 2009 8:41 pm

Now you just need the chrome centers and trim rings and you can be as cool as us n97 guys Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Fri May 29, 2009 8:55 pm

those are purdy...... Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Sat May 30, 2009 8:01 pm

Thanks eveyone.
I was not sure I would like them, but I was out of my mind, They look awsome.
I can not wait to get some rubber wrapped around them, and get them installed.
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:46 pm

very nice, What kind of coat do you have on there; just a base or a base & clear?
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:03 am

mass9c1 wrote:
very nice, What kind of coat do you have on there; just a base or a base & clear?
My brother inlaw powdercoated them for me.
And now with rubber


And finaly on the car.
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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:58 am

Dude... When do you sleep???? Sleep

How about a DAYLIGHT pic? Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:52 am

Ok this thread almost delivers....
Now yo've gotta black out those wheel wells & get some armorall on the rubber
Those do look FANTASTIC. Bet theyre 10X better in person cheers
Daylight pics will probably give us what we NEED bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:07 pm

Looks great, Billy! Will look KILLER with the paint and some tire sauce! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Exposed lug nut wheel mod   Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:13 pm

If those had a chrome lip on them I'd drive up there tomorrow and try to talk you into selling them. As they stand now I think their only worthy of me driving up and taking them when your busy playing with the dogs Laughing

I love how you manage to have a neat idea and then follow through on it. It's inspirational for all us slackers who just think up stuff and then go take a nap. I won't mention any names Wink
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PostSubject: exposed lug nut wheel mod   Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:04 pm

billy when did you get the other rear fender done? it looks good. i thought you only had one fixed when i was there.
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