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Post by Scott 73 SS on Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:32 pm

Does anyone know where I can find a set of factory 73 SS wheels? Scott
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Post by Joe73 on Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:35 pm

Are you looking for the correct date coded wheels to match your car? †Or ones that are just correct for a 73? † The 73 SS wheels are 14x7 in size. †They were used mostly used on camaros and novas from 1970-1980. †In 1976 the 6 holes in the wheel got a stainless trim on each hole but they are still the same. †So the wheels are readily available. †Unless your looking for a specific date code to match your trim tag. †

As for center caps. †They were also used on the camaros and novas. †They do pop up on occasion. †Trick is to find a set that the tabs on the back are not rotted out and the "chevrolet" emblems on the front and nice and clear and not faded. †They all come in stainless steel but the 73 chevelle had them painted to match the striping on your car as well as the wheels themselves. †

I'm selling a Nice set of center caps that are correct for a 73. †Just scuff and paint the stainless to the color of your stripes. † Full set of 4. †Message if your interested. † Heres a pic of the ones I'm selling. †Not rotted out on the back, all tabs are good and the stickers on the front are not faded.





This is what they look like for the 73 SS in the lighter silver (Argent). †I have the paint code for the lighter silver if you need it. †U-POL actually makes it in a spray can which is a perfect match. †I have the number for that as well if you need it. †You just need to scuff the center cap with some red scotch brite pad, mask it off, shoot some primer ( I recommend 2 part epoxy on everything I paint) and then some color. † Here's the pic of my original wheels and center caps after dustless blasting, 2 coats of epoxy and then Argent Silver.


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Post by Scott 73 SS on Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:04 am

My motor and transmission aren't original so numbers original isn't what I'm going for. I just want a very clean daily driver. This is the look I'm going for. Are those 14 inch rims on this blue Chevelle. I haven't seen centers like what you have. What are you asking for them? So the ones you have are what came out on the 73s?
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Post by Joe73 on Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:23 am

Yes, mine are correct for a 73 ss. Just paint to match your wheels and stripes. 73 ss rallies are all 14x7. Chevy did not offer 15 inch wheels on an A body for 73. $100 plus shipping for the caps. Try searchers.com and search for Chevy rally wheels. They will pop up. I sold a clean set for 100 about a year ago. Message me if your interested in the caps.
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Post by Scott 73 SS on Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:32 am

Here is a couple of pics of the factory centers for a 73 SS. I myself learned something... Scott

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Post by Joe73 on Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:22 am

I've had alot of guys message me over the years asking about the center caps. †A few of them "remember seeing" or "know someone" who has a 73 SS but it has the camaro or nova center caps on it. †I always tell them that I dont think so and the parts manual proves it. †I think that when a 73 SS was delivered, the center caps were probably not actually on the car for fear of loosing them in transport. †They were probably shipped INSIDE the car and I think the dealer would install them when they prepped the car. †But thats just my thoughts.

I have an original 1973-1974 Chevy parts manual that I got back in the day. †Here are some pics with part numbers and pics of the different center caps that came in 73 and 74. †It clearly shows part numbers †329368 and 329366 coming with light or dark silver with the SS package. †And the paint codes are listed. † The parts book shows the 73 SS as coming with the painted centers color keyed to the wheels and stripes. †I also added pics of the center caps for the 73 and 74 nova and camaros. †They have the lug nuts exposed. †Our lug nuts were not exposed. † Notice the part numbers on the "lug exposed" center caps for the camaro and nova. †They are the same.

Just posting for info. †Right from the GM Chevy manual from back in the day when these cars were built. †




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Post by clanceman427 on Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:41 pm

As usual, great info Joe thanks for sharing!
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Post by impalamonte on Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:19 am

Joe73 wrote:Yes, mine are correct for a 73 ss. †Just paint to match your wheels and stripes. †73 ss rallies are all 14x7. †Chevy did not offer 15 inch wheels on an A body for 73. † † $100 plus shipping for the caps. † Try searchers.com and search for Chevy rally wheels. †They will pop up. † †I sold a clean set for 100 about a year ago. † †Message me if your interested in the caps.



† Monte Caro offered 15x6 , 15x7 in their line up for 73'.
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Post by Joe73 on Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:12 am

Yes, I meant just the Chevelles.
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Post by Joe73 on Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:06 pm

Roadcaptain S3 wrote:Pretty sure the Nova SS had these caps as well, but in chrome.

https://cdn1.mecum.com/auctions/ch0911/ch0911-115832/images/ch0911-115832_4.jpg?1316192278000

I believe they did for the 70-72 years of nova ss.
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Post by Scott 73 SS on Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:50 am

Found a set of wheels ......going to get them today. Anything special about the trim rings or are they just standard 14 X7 rings........
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Post by Joe73 on Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:02 am

Nothing special but some of the aftermarket​ don't have the tiny lip on the inside edge. Not a big deal.
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Post by Joe73 on Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:05 am

I know your not concerned with date correct wheels but heres some more info.

Next to the valve stem there will be some numbers and letters. †The 2 letters will tell you what they came off of and the numbers will be the date code. The 73 14x7 rally wheel will be stamped XZ if I remember correctly.
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Post by Scott 73 SS on Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:06 am

They are coming off of a 73 SS. Chances are they are correct. I will let you know.
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Post by Joe73 on Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:08 am

Post up the codes and I'll decode them for you. Just make sure they're 6 square holes.
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Post by Scott 73 SS on Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:11 am

This is a pic of what I'm going to get
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Post by Joe73 on Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:12 am

Those are correct. But they're definitely not off a real 73 SS. If they were, they would be either light or dark silver. But grab those if they're not rotted out.
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Post by Scott 73 SS on Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:15 am

It's a six our drive......man I love the hunt as much as I love the build.......hahahaha. I will let you know if bring them back..
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Post by Joe73 on Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:17 am

Wow, 6 hour drive. Home depot has double wall boxes that are 18x18x18 for 2 bucks a piece. You can ship 2 wheels in each box. Thats how I ship them. 12 hour round trip is a bit much.
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Post by Scott 73 SS on Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:19 am

Thanks....I may check into that.
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Post by clanceman427 on Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:35 pm

My guess is those are mid-late 70s Camaro or nova wheels since both got color coordinated wheels at various years, like maybe 77 for rally sport Camaroís? Canít remember exactly but like Joe said they are the same wheel just made later such that codes wonít be correct. Make sure that all the wheels have all 5 of their center cap retaining ears present. It was a separate piece that got riveted to the wheel at Kelsey Hayes. The ears are pretty stout but just another thing to look at to avoid a headache when you go to restore them
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Post by Joe73 on Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:26 pm

1976 started the stainless trim around each of the six holes. But it can be easily removed.
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:14 am

The argent/dark argent thing is odd to me. My SS is beige, which means I should have the dark argent (gray) stripe and wheels. I just picked up a set of wheels too and I'm trying to decide whether to go orig or paint mine black. Beige with saddle (dark brown)and a gray stripe and wheels? Yuck.
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Post by Scott 73 SS on Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:15 pm

Help me decide this please
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