HUBCAP # w14buic1982_4 This photo shows a 14 inch Buick wire hubcap for 1982/6 cars.
This 1982/6 Buick wire hubcap is for Century models. It is a 14 inch Buick wire hubcap , and it is also our hubcap # w14buic1982_4. The above gallery of images show the details of this nice stainless steel, wire wheel hubcap design.
Design details include crossing wires on the outside and shorter crossing wires inside, all placed around the perimeter. The center hub has a flat emblem holder with an unusual circular OD and an octagon ID. The plastic center is a removable insert with a colored “3-shield” emblem uniquely circled by a white ring.
For this 1982/6 Buick wire hubcap, the weight is heavy at about 6 pounds each. The wheel attachment method is a carbon steel ring clip design. There is a back plate with 8 large trapezoid holes in the perimeter and black color on the front side.
Our supply quantity, of this 14 inch Buick wire hubcap for 1982/6 time frame, is good. And, the quality of this supply is the very best. A great 14 inch Buick wire wheel hubcap.
[We do not have any locking hardware, sometimes used with a removable insert, to help minimize hubcap theft.]
A DISCUSSION ON LOCK SYSTEM, if interested.
So this original design had a lock ability to minimize theft. But a lock hardware supply was not necessarily actually supplied. So, this wire wheel hubcap supply, for you, does not include locking hardware in the scope. Nor do we have such locking hardware for this design….see NOTE below for more discussion on use of such hardware.
NOTE Many owners find the locking hardware inconvenient. First one typically installs a three prong carbon steel hardware (bracket) to the wheel under the wheel lug nuts. Second, the hubcap is installed as normally done [but don’t install the center insert yet]. Third, insert the locking bolt thru the insert area and screw into the locking bracket [which has a fixed nut in its design]. Last, attach the insert to complete the task. Do the reverse to remove the hubcap. However, remember, this locking bolt (typically) requires a special wrench [not supplied] to tighten and loosen it. [Theft becomes more unlikely.] The challenge hence being access to such a special wrench and also keeping track of loose inserts and locking bolts during such efforts of simply changing a flat tire.
If you find any of the above discussion a bit confusing, a great general article is under Hubcap Data. And, more specific discussions, in this article, include the following topics.
1 History and definition article on the word “Hubcap” . The article covers an interesting discussion of how hubcaps started out as an all metal construction. That later transitioned to a partial metal and plastic designs. And, then, an all plastic construction appeared. The above product, the 1982/6 Buick wire hubcap, is an example of a metal design, with minor plastic pieces.
2 Hubcap Identification Systems . This article covers the classic Hollander Numbering system. And the newer Hubcap Hilton Numbering system is also covered. Hollander has many useful catalogs on cars … visit them at https://hollanderinterchange.net/catalog/ .
3 Hubcap Features . This article covers several full size hubcap designs and wire wheel designs. Also covered are various detail attachment (hubcap to wheel) designs, trim rings, and locking hardware.