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I posted a want add looking for center caps for 14" appliance mesh wheels with a 3" opening. No luck so far. Anybody know where I can get some in good condition? Thanks

I have been looking on ebay but no luck there either.
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The proper Appliance caps for those wheels will be hard to find, Randy. In the '80s I recall my customers having lots of rust problems with them after only a few years use. Finding a set today that aren't rusty is going to take an act of God. You may be forced to go with a different brand of cap in the same size.
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I'm with Arne,
My 73 came with the appliance wheels when I bought it in 79 and the caps were nothing but rust then and that was in Calif!
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Thanks guys. I've been looking for over two months. My wheels are in perfect condition, but the center caps have rust and one was damaged. I found a place in Washington yesterday that has some, three, but the guy wants $250. I like the mesh wheels, they are period correct. But I can't see paying that kind of money for center caps. I could get one panasport rim for that price

I'll try and find some after market ones, maybe MSA has some that will fit
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Randy, I know that the center caps from some of the early 4 lug Enkei modular styles (the 20, 30 & 32 series) will fit the early Appliance wheels just fine. While after all this time those are likely to be rusty as well, Enkei did use better quality caps and it's possible you might find a decent set. Worth watching for, anyway.
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Powdercoating might be the answer.

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I replaced the rusted center caps from my Appliance mags with ones purchased from Eagle ......... invoice description:
"center cap eagle 054 5-4.75"
Paid $12 each in Oct, 2003
They fit fine. Used MSA "Z stick-on emblems" for center flat.
Ordered thru local custom wheel shop.
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Mfg Date: Dec, 1970

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Say, I've got four extra rims that came with my car ,I thought it was a styalized "d" on them but it might be an "A" .your welcome to them if they match. Fairly rusty(surface) if I recall correctly.

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Here's a link to an eBay auction for one (and only one) of the Enkie caps I was thinking of. One doesn't do you much good, but it might help to know what they look like.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...019970315QQrdZ1
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O.K. so never mind, i followed the link and...
The centers I have look nothing like that
Sorry I can't help out

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Thanks for the link Arne. If all else fails I would consider the Enkei caps, but I am not thrilled with the squareness of the cap.

I checked with American Eagle today Ron and they no longer make those caps. I am going to try checking with custom wheel shops to see if they might still have some in stock. The Eagle caps are just about the same shape as the original Appliance caps. Thanks all.

The search continues...
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Thanks for the link Arne. If all else fails I would consider the Enkei caps, but I am not thrilled with the squareness of the cap.

Understood, Randy. I agree that the Enkei caps are not as attractive.

Here's a thought - I can't remember if the Appliance wheels have a taper machined at the back side of the center hole or not. But if they do, the caps in the link below may work. They are 2.95" so that they could be pushed through from behind. But you'd need to be certain that the lip at the base of the cap doesn't interfere with the proper mounting of the wheel to the face of the hub/drum.

http://www.gorilla-a...&image=6159.jpg
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That appears to be about the same dimensions externally Arne. I am going to pull the wheel tomorrow and take my calipers and find out what the dimension is on the hole. Thanks Arne. Appreciate the help!
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Did I miss a picture of the caps you are after in this thread?
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Sorry, stupid of me. :stupid: I don't have my camera with me, but attached is a shot of an appliance center cap. It should be clear enough to recognize

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The guy that had the appliance center caps raised his price to $300. Way too crazy for me. As Ron said in an earlier post, he used Eagle center caps. I finally found some at Masseys in Oklahoma, (405) 239-2010. $39 plus $10 for shipping. They also had the correct lug nuts with a .55" long shaft @ $1.25 each. Washers were a quarter. So this is what my wheels look like now. Not too bad, me thinks

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Off to make a call-Thanks for the info...I haven't been able to find appropriate washers anywhere!
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I recently purchased stainless center caps at the local trailer sales yard and got adhesive stick on Datsun decals to go in the center. Not original, but looks great, and only $16.00 for the 4 center caps.

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Got pix and an address?

The more sources and alternatives the better----and your's is another.

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Here's a related question - anyone know of a source for those odd little angled valve stems that the Appliance mesh wheels came with? The four wheels I found had only one stem in them.
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