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Threaded hub cap retaining clips

Can anyone tell where to source these hub cap clips without costing 4,5 euro piece? I need 25 of them and that seems a little steep price for simple items like that (total = 112,50 euro).There often use to be tips on the board where to get various smaller items in hardware stores of the big retail chains.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2012, 09:37 PM
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60s VW wheels have similar clips, though I don't know if they're close enough to work. but look on a VW site for what will fit 70 and early Bus wheels. I riveted a fair number of them on my Bus some years ago.
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Beetle clips come close in looks. Don't know about the dimensions, but you could try a set. At euro 5.95 for a set of five they are a lot cheaper...

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Beetle clips come close in looks. Don't know about the dimensions, but you could try a set. At euro 5.95 for a set of five they are a lot cheaper...
Seems the VW clips are very similar, except that small anchoring tab at the ends, which is probably vital for the clip stability. I guess without it, the clip might slowly shake loose and start turning round with the consequence of loosing the hub caps while driving.
Don´t know if the clip anchoring is enabled by some groove in which it rests on VW wheels, but it is not satisfactory solution here, otherwise nice tip, thanks guys....

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I'd say if you honk down on them pretty good with the threaded fasteners, or rivet them with an air tool, they're not likely to move, even without the tab. I never has issues on my Bus, and I riveted those by hand, with a big ballpeen and bucking bar.
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Hi Andrew,

I already found the clips with threaded fasteners at Classic Alfa for half the price from everyone else, still much for measly clips like that, but I rather don´t want to hammer and fiddle with the riveted ones on the rims/wheels as they are already painted. Don´t have any air tool for that either.

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In the dark ages before the cottage industry of bits we have today I used VW clips on my Giulietta wheels, properly riveted, they don't move and the hubcaps is held securely.............BUT, not all hubcaps are the same, I have at least 5 different hubcaps and while they all look alike, there are subtle differences in tolerances and I went through quite a few to find the ones that clipped on securely. Some simply popped off on their own. Both times I had a hubcap pop off a rim it was with the VW clips

BY contrast my recently restored rims have the proper Giulietta clips and any of the variety of hubcaps fit securely. I prefer the ones with the rivet, my Dad turned up a cup and rivet head punch on the lathe & like Andrew says, a big hammer works well !!

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I launched a nice '65 Super hubcap on a short length of road, never to be found again only an hour later (dang lake people hillbillys ). I think it turned up in Canada on e-Bay. It had one slightly loose clip. Make sure they are very tight. Some are bolted and most riveted. The new rivets (small copper jobs) are pretty anemic compared to the original ones (large-headed steel ones). Some in other thread's posts have said pan-head bolts with aircraft (nyloc) nuts are the best.

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Thanks for the comments guys, but right now, being pretty worn out of the eternal search for missing parts, as well as thousends of moments to solve a restoration brings about, constantly fabricating some temporary tools, I just prefer threaded fasteners for a quick fix which I later on, when maybe not having anything to poke with, can always swap for the original rivets. I´ve once used the threaded fasteners on the Spider as well and it works perfect, although don´t have any recollection the clips were THAT expensive 15 years ago....

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I launched a nice '65 Super hubcap on a short length of road, I think it turned up in Canada on e-Bay.
I bought it - just kidding........
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