HUBCAP # w15olds1982_6 This photo illustrates the 15 inch Oldsmobile hubcap made for several models from 1981 thru about 1990. The gallery images show the details of this stainless steel, wire wheel type hubcap design. Hubcap # w15olds1982_6 details include crossing wires placed around the perimeter to give a nice appearance. The center hub top has an Oldsmobile crest emblem, with a dark grey background, inserted into a chrome surface.
[This design has a variety of detail variations regarding emblem attachment…..so in this supply the emblem may or may not be replaceable for getting a locking ability potential. And, for those interested in a locking discussion, see the “LOCKING NOTE” discussion below.]
For this 1980’s Oldsmobile hubcap , the weight is about 6 pounds each. The wheel attachment method is a carbon steel ring clip design. There is no back plate. Inventory for this design is limited in quantity, but the quality is the very best. Nice hubcaps.
An alternate (very low inventory) supply is hubcap # w15olds1982_7 ,that has an emblem with a red background (vs this supply hubcap # w15olds1982_6 with the dark grey background). In the 1990’s another wire wheel design is hubcap # w15olds1991_1 .
LOCKING NOTE Many owners find the locking hardware inconvenient. For the above supply, you will not get a locking ability. But, if you had such a feature, you would typically have to do the following actions. 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.
2 Hubcap Identification Systems . This article covers the classic Hollander Numbering system. And the newer Hubcap Hilton Numbering system is also covered.
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.