HUBCAP # L14chev1981_6 This 1981/8 hubcap lock kit fits 14 inch Chevy hubcaps.
This Chevy lock kit is for 14″ Chevrolet wire wheel type hubcaps, specifically for Camaro, Malibu, Monte Carlo and Sprint models from about 1981 thru 1988. This hardware supply is hubcap # L14chev1981_6. This 1981/8 hubcap lock kit includes only one bracket and one bolt.
The above gallery of images show the details of the hubcap lock kit. Design details include a bracket made of steel and has three prongs that attach to the wheel under the wheel lug nuts. Hence the bracket is held to the wheel via the lug nuts. On top of the bracket, a nut is part of the bracket. Also included is a special bolt that attaches to the bracket nut after the bolt is feed thru the hubcap center hole. Hence the bolt holds the hubcap to the bracket. This bolt comes with an odd head geometry that prevents easy removal (prevents easy robbery). WE DO SELL THIS TOOL WITH THE KIT [You hence may need to buy a tool and mating bolts!] NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO READ THE LOCK DISCUSSION BELOW.
[We only have one other locking hardware for Chevrolet. And, because it does have several differences, we include images of comparison …. but only in the product page of this alternative; which is L15chev1987_7 should there be an interest.]
[See LOCK DISCUSSION below on attaching sequence.]
LOCK DISCUSSION ON USAGE 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 nut [do not over tighten; can be a bit loose]. 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 challenges hence being, first, access to such a special wrench (not in the hardware scope –sorry). And, second, 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. Then, later, construction slowly transitioned to a partial metal and plastic designs. And, eventually with time, a basically all plastic construction appeared.
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. [Hence, the above product (14 inch Chevy wire wheel hubcap and specifically 1981/8 hubcap lock kit) falls into a “wire wheel design” discussion and also a “locking hardware” discussion.]