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#1 Gtractor OFFLINE  


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Posted March 16, 2015 - 09:18 PM

I know lots of you guys like "bling" in the form of chrome hubcaps to top off a fresh restoration and with OEM caps being both hard to find and majorly expensive when you do find them,  I though I'd offer what I have done to a couple of tractors.   


These caps are designed to cover the hub of semi trucks drive axles.  They are readily available and cheap at any truck accessory shop and larger truck stops. 

They do NOT work on most garden tractor wheels!!  However,  if you have wheels that they work on this gives you a cheap alternative. 

The outside diameter is 8 and 1/2 inches.  The pictures show the cap on my butt buggy which is a 1963 Jacobsen Chief 1000.  The caps clipped on there and stay without any modification although the caps seem a bit loose.  If the lip on the wheel is bent slightly inward [before painting :poke: ] it would hold the caps even better. 


Tractors I have tried the caps on that worked well:

Tube frame Bolens

Jacobsen built tractors

David Bradley Suburban 10 - although I'm not sure it has factory wheels.

I-H Crud Cadets  - they clip on nicely on the cadets.  I tried them on my 109 and 125 tonight and had to pry them off! 


Tractors the caps won't work on:

massey Executive

Wheel Horse C85

Sears Suburban 12

Simplicity 2 wheeler


I got mine a few years back at "Truck Pro" because their Kansas City location is easy for me to get to.  These caps are metal.  I couldn't find any on Truck Pro's website but searching other places I found them at "Truck Chrome" for $3.84 each.  That is less than I gave for mine so make sure those aren't plastic!  I can only assume plastic won't work as well although plastic could work as good or better?



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These Jake wheels have a wider gap where I'm pointing.  If your finger fits in this gap, that is the wheels the caps tend to work on.  Also pointing at the lip that will likely have to be very slightly bent inward. 

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Since the wheel weight mounting holes are exposed I suppose you could also get some stainless bolts and figure a way to mount the caps on other brand of wheels.  ???

Edited by Gtractor, March 16, 2015 - 09:25 PM.

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Posted March 16, 2015 - 09:34 PM

Looks GREAT !! Thanks for sharing this info .. :thumbs:

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Posted March 17, 2015 - 11:39 AM

They really look good on there! Thanks for the tip.

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Posted April 01, 2015 - 07:46 PM

Looks great and a good cheap way to do hub cap solution
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Posted April 01, 2015 - 09:36 PM

How about the front did you do anything there

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Posted April 06, 2015 - 11:03 AM

Thank a lot for the thread here. I just got the same hubcaps from tractortool for mine, and I am going to install it soon :)

Edited by pTrevor, April 07, 2015 - 03:38 AM.