Restore your hub caps

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    berg2695 Veteran Member

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    I stumbled onto a trick to make it easier to polish up the center caps on our 5-spoke steel wheels. All it takes is a trip to the plumbing section with a side trip to the nut and bolt department.
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    NICE!!!!
     
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    Thanks Scott!
     
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    RS1979 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    That looks awesome
     
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    Real good idea!! The only thing I see for safety would be to replace the wing nut with a hex nut.
     
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    If you are like me and your car project is moving at glacial speed: you get a frame at the thrift store, put a piece of foam rubber in it to stick the tangs into and put it on the wall for inspiration. 20190617_102809.jpg
     
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