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Post by Dinomyte on Thu May 29, 2014 8:46 am

Been working on this set of early '80's Camaro rims.  I figured I'd post some pics see what others had to say or add.  Not to mention I knew if there was a thread it would be more motivation to get it done than to put it off.

I picked these up about 2 years ago, and have just started sanding them down.  They were gold and looked great but hadn't been clear coated so not as much work as it could have been.



I've got two of the four done, will be painting them glossy black, and then sand down the flats so they look like they do now, and some rattle can two part clear after that. Chrome lug nuts, and I just need to find an emblem for the centre that doesn't say "Z/28" on it. (Any ideas?)

I've got a 255/65/15 BFG Radial T/A's for the front and 255/70/15 for the rear.

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Post by Brainstain on Thu May 29, 2014 10:04 am

Maybe sand the cap down and paint it black?

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Post by driveit on Thu May 29, 2014 11:45 am

I wonder how vinyl would hold up on a center cap? What is the diameter of the cap?
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Post by Dinomyte on Thu May 29, 2014 11:56 am

Thanks

I was hoping for a place to purchase the centre emblem, they come off, and it's just a peel and stick type thing. I'll take a picture.

I was thinking just a Chevy logo would be fine. I've seen them before at a swap meet.

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Post by driveit on Thu May 29, 2014 12:19 pm

I was gonna throw something together for ya. If you can't find what you are looking for shoot me a pm and I will see what I can do.
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Post by Limey SE on Thu May 29, 2014 1:18 pm

A lot of different options to apply over the Camaro emblem

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=chevy+center+cap+decal
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Post by Dinomyte on Thu May 29, 2014 3:27 pm

Limey wrote:
Dinomyte wrote:Thanks

I was hoping for a place to purchase the centre emblem, they come off, and it's just a peel and stick type thing.  I'll take a picture.  

I was thinking just a Chevy logo would be fine.  I've seen them before at a swap meet.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/2010-2013-CHEVROLET-CAMARO-STICKERS-CENTER-CAP-DECALS-Fits-Camaro-/251539124434?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3a90e670d2&vxp=mtr

Thanks Limey - that's the one.  I still need to check with the local guys who do Camaro stuff and such as that's usually the easiest way to get this kind of thing.  Not such a big deal to spend $5 more, but make it as easy as drive across town.

Driveit - thanks for the offer. If things don't come together I'll let you know.


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Post by driveit on Thu May 29, 2014 3:58 pm

No prob.
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Post by chevellelaguna on Thu May 29, 2014 4:01 pm

I made a set of billet aluminum plugs for my 16" iroc rims, but you need access to a lathe or someone in a machine shop. Wouldn't be expensive to make four of em.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Thu May 29, 2014 6:47 pm

becarefull. offset might put them to close to the tierods or frame.
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Post by dynchel on Thu May 29, 2014 9:34 pm

Dinomyte wrote:Been working on this set of early '80's Camaro rims.  I figured I'd post some pics see what others had to say or add.  Not to mention I knew if there was a thread it would be more motivation to get it done than to put it off.

I picked these up about 2 years ago, and have just started sanding them down.  They were gold and looked great but hadn't been clear coated so not as much work as it could have been.



I've got two of the four done, will be painting them glossy black, and then sand down the flats so they look like they do now, and some rattle can two part clear after that.  Chrome lug nuts, and I just need to find an emblem for the centre that doesn't say "Z/28" on it. (Any ideas?)

I've got a 255/65/15 BFG Radial T/A's for the front and 255/70/15 for the rear.

Crossed corvette flags would be cool.
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Post by chevellelaguna on Thu May 29, 2014 9:53 pm

Those will fit , I ran those 15" irocs decades ago, no issue.
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Post by Dinomyte on Thu May 29, 2014 10:24 pm

I've already tried the rims on the car without tires and they clear everything up front, and out back too.

Corvette flags now that's an idea Smile

I've got number 3 sanded down, here's what they're looking like.

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This is current centre, and what the emblem in the middle looks like

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The emblems are 2 1/4 " and the cap's got pegs, and clips to hold it in place.


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Post by chevellelaguna on Thu May 29, 2014 10:45 pm

That's looking sharp so far. I like the corvette flag idea. The plugs I made were a little tight and hammered right in with a couple taps of a hammer and a block of wood. I would paint the caps you have and attach the corvette flags to em
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Post by dynchel on Thu May 29, 2014 10:51 pm

You can buy a set of corvette flag emblems on eBay for pretty cheap.  They were one of my choices, but I chose something else.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Fri May 30, 2014 11:07 am

sorry to put in my 0.02 about fitment. ive always thought they had a wider inner offset than say a stock rally.

these might fit
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Corvette-Camaro-Flags-wheel-Center-Cap-stickers-decals-4-58mm-2-3in-diameter-/151171213883?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item233281aa3b&vxp=mtr

they look like what i have on my corvette aluminums.


i also have the horn button to match.
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Post by Dinomyte on Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:35 pm

Suggestions please.

I'm now at the point where I've painted the wheels all black and "trying" to sand down all the flats.

I've put down 4 or 5 coats of rattle can black paint.  It looks really good.

The issue is I'd decided not to mask as I didn't feel I could cut a circle easily, not to mention any sort of wobble in the taping would look really bad.  So the plan was to sand down all the flats, I've tried

180 sand paper
400 paper
green zip wheels

it's very very slow going.

The best results have been with the 180 and the 400 paper, but it took 45 minutes to get one spoke and part of the edge done. At that rate it'll be Christmas before I'm done.
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Post by dynchel on Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:41 pm

Try wet sanding, (if you arent already) starting with 400 grit and working up (in grits)  till the scratches are gone. This is how I did my m/t valve covers,  Then polish I like mothers mag polish the best.


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Post by dynchel on Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:44 pm

If that doesn't work, try wiping the spokes with reducer to soften up the paint some.
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Post by driveit on Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:08 pm

You could try a da sander, but I would be careful and make sure to keep it flat. Might want to try it on something else first so you know how it reacts if you have never used one.
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Post by Dinomyte on Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:23 pm

driveit - a zip wheel is just like a da sander, except it's about 1.5" - 2" in diameter, and usually I put it in an 90 degree angle grinder, you could put it in your drill if you don't have an angle grinder.  The smaller disk is much easier to handle.

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Post by driveit on Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:14 am

So you are already using that then? If so all I can say is keep up the long and tedious work.
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Post by Dinomyte on Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:41 pm

LOL . . .
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Post by dynchel on Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:53 pm

What the hell kind of paint did you use?
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