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I've got the original set of hubcaps for my 1966 coupe. They're in really great shape which is awesome. But I don't really want to drive around with them on because I'm afraid they'll get stolen. Does anyone have any ideas how you could lock them on somehow?
I've been trying to think of a way but I'm coming up short. Any input would be helpful!
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Hello. I wouldn't be overly concerned about having them stolen. Every shop that I have ever seen that dealt primarily with old Mustangs has an enormous pile of 65/66 standard wheel covers sitting somewhere that they can't give away. If they were wire wheel covers or spinners, those might cost a little bit to replace, but the standard wheel covers are very common and easy to find for almost nothing. I have a pile of them myself sitting in the attic, and would be happy to part with them.
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I'm pretty sure they are the wire wheel covers you speak of. Kind of look like bike spokes? If my damn phone would let me I'd upload a pic I would. Thought about running something through them and through the hole in the wheel. But not sure what would work.
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ah here they are.
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My '66 coupe came with them wire wheel hubcaps. I lost them tho. (long story)

The Repro's are even spendy...$100 per hubcap & $100 for a set of 4 spinners. Back when i still had them, when id get out of the car at EVERY stop, id check to make sure all 4 were there.

Still lookin for a set of originals, if they aren't too spendy.

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Hi again. The wire wheels are what I've been running on my car for the last couple years without having them wander off on me. But, it only takes once, and, as 6T6Coupe mentioned, they aren't cheap to replace. What you could do is drill two small holes in the wheels and run something like a glove box door limiter cable through the holes and attach it to the wheel covers by two of the nuts holding the center caps on.
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That's a good idea! And yeah 6t6 I know what you mean. Everything on that car had a lot of sentimental value to me. It was my mom's first car and mine as well.
Thanks for the tip veronica. You have quite a reputation on this site! (In a good way).
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Let me know where there are piles of orginial Mustang hubcaps lieing around. Im going to make a bunch of money.

The wire repops are running $160 each, as much as a styled steel wheel.

A set of NOS or mint condition oem wire caps are $1000+.

So yes, be concerned that someone may want them and help themselves. Thats why Im useing a DD set and not bothering with a new set. I see DD used caps on CL once in a while for a fair price, I intend to pick up a couple spares.
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Let me know where there are piles of orginial Mustang hubcaps lieing around. Im going to make a bunch of money.

Hi again. The piles of hubcaps that I was talking about are the standard hubcaps, not the wire wheel covers or spinners. The standard wheel covers for a 65 or a 66 are about as close to worthless as something made out of metal can be. If you glance through ebay you'll see pages of them, some with buy it now prices that look pretty impressive, but, if you check the ones that are being auctioned, nobody on face of the entire planet has actually placed a bid on one of them. You wouldn't make a nickel with a pile of the standard hubcaps. :nogrinner
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Same goes for the standard Cougar hub caps; I have a set of those no one wants.

How many of the wires do you want at $160?

65-66 14" WIRE WHEEL COVER WITH BLUE SPINNER

I doubt that the wires are as vulnerable as they would have been 20-30 years ago. Most everyone now wants the styled steel wheels or even an aftermarket wheel. And nothing much now has 14" wheels reducing the value of a 14" hub cap. Any mods you might make to them reduce their value so its sort of a self-defeating exercise.

My plan is to keep paying my insurance bill and, if and when the wires disappear, to buy a set of the styled steel myself.
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Hi again. I went poking through my pile of wheel covers and discovered that I have a set of 65 wheel covers for 13 inch wheels. Oh, boy. Solid gold!! :nogrinner
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Here's how it was done in the old days......we would take aircraft grade small diameter cable and attach it to the back side and attach the other end to a giant washer and attach that to the lug nut......basically a glorified cable lock
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