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  • #232797
    Leon
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    @winnipaw

    Has anyone made their stock VW wheel into a clone of the original TD wheel? I’m really tired of looking at the fake wire hubcaps. Seems to me that the stock VW hubcap could be modified to show an MG Emblem. Has anyone seen or done this? I’ve seen some pictures of members cars with steel wheels, but I dont know if they are VW wheels or Chevette. Thanks

    #240023
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Check out my TD in the photo gallery, PMOSSBERG

    The wheels are stock VW wheels, painted with the proper British gray (available from Eastwood).

    The caps are plain VW chrome hubcaps, with original TD wheel centers.

    Not exact, but close enough for me. And a major improvement on the wire baskets I had on prior to this.

    TD wheels had round holes, not oval as the VW. And the hubcaps area smaller with a bead rolled into the perimater.

    TD hubcaps will not fit the VW wheel. You would have to weld or rivet clips onto the VW wheel. Or I guess you could redrill original style TD wheels to fit the VW bolt pattern.

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #240024
    Leon
    Participant

    @winnipaw

    Exactly what I’m looking for, thanks Paul. Now I just have to locate a set of VW caps. Love that convertible bus.

    #240025
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    I just took a quick search around the web and cannot find the hubcaps I used. They look like the standard VW cap, but the center circle is smooth; it does not have the emobssed VW logo.

    I’ll check further and let you know what I come up with.

    The reproduction MG TD wheel centers are available from Moss Motors (and I am sure other vintage British car suppliers).

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #240026
    Leon
    Participant

    @winnipaw

    It would be alot easier to not deal with that embossed VW logo. I suppose I could just cut it out. Whatever, its going to take a bit of work. Thank you for the help…I do love the look of your wheels. Now on to stripping the wheels and paint.

    #240027
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    You can’t just cut it out.

    The MG TD Center is on a post, you drill a half inch hole through the center of the hubcap, the MG center attaches with spring clip on teh back.

    I have not yet found the source for the hubcaps I bought. But I am sure I will track it down.

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #240028
    Leon
    Participant

    @winnipaw

    Thanks Paul. I look forward to hearing from you

    #240029
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    I’m still unable to find the “nipple” or “Porshce 356” style hubcps with a plain center.

    I found several sites selling the hubcap with an Empi badge in the center

    http://www.vwparts.net/MB10-1056.html

    It looks like you might be able to remove the Empi logo.

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #240030
    Bailey
    Participant

    @bailey

    I found my hubcaps at JC Whitley blank caps without any logo.  Ordered MG logo from Moss Motors

    #240031
    Leon
    Participant

    @winnipaw

    I really appreciate all the help. Got my wheels sanded and ready for primer and paint. I’ll post the finished results. Many thanks

    #240032
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    I dug all over the JC Whitney site and could not find the “nipple” caps with plain centers.

    They do have plain chrome “smoothies”

    Bailey, do you have a link or part number?

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #240033
    Bailey
    Participant

    @bailey

    the JC Whitley caps I used are part #DBD814945  They call them baby moon style hub caps.

    #240034
    Bailey
    Participant

    @bailey

    here is a photo of the hubcap and logo

    #240035
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Thanks Bailey.

    How long ago did you buy these? The part number comes up as “not found” on http://www.jcwhitney.com

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #240036
    Leon
    Participant

    @winnipaw

    Paul, Just found them on the Whitney site. They have the EMPI centers.

    #240037
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    I saw them. The product number is 22863G

    I don’t think you want them.

    I’m pretty sure the embossed Empi logo is bigger than the MG TD center medallion.

    Might want to buy just one to check it out.

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #240038
    Bailey
    Participant

    @bailey

    JC Whitney no got them anymore???  The dirty rats!!!  The last time I order some was about a year ago.  They are plain without any logo on them.  Surely someone else would have something like this.  Whitley called them baby moon style caps.

    #240039
    Leon
    Participant

    @winnipaw

    Paul, Check out Baileys pic….Are these the same as yours?

    #240040
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Leon,

    No. Mine are the Porsche 356 style “nipple” caps. (Not my name, that’s really how they are known.)

    About five years ago, I was able to get them with no Porsche or Wolfsburg crest. I drilled the holes, attached the TD medallions with cotter pins and I was done.

    I can find the nipple hubcaps now, but only with a Porsche or Empi crest medallion. I think the medallions would be removable. But I would have to see one to be sure.

    PMOSSBERG40136.9817939815

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #240041
    Leon
    Participant

    @winnipaw

    Paul, The search goes on…I’ll see if I can find the “nipples”. I wonder if the porsche caps fit the corresponding VW 4 lug wheel for a 1971.

    #240042
    Mark Hendrickson
    Participant

    @pink-mg

    Try some of the aftermarket VW houses like aircooled.net and wolfsburgwest. Google is your friend!

    They had a VW swap meet at Englishtown Raceway Park in October and I saw about 20 sets of these hub cabs, NOS and used…bummer!

     

     

    #240043
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Here is a source for chrome smoothies with no logo…

    http://www.amazon.com/SMOOTHIE-BOLT-Dune-Buggy-Baja/dp/B003K KKP1G/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hi_3

    PMOSSBERG40940.5059490741

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #240044
    Mark
    Participant

    @mglondonroadste

    There’s only 1 left in stock at that Amazon site.

    #240045
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Sigh.

    So the search continues….

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #240046
    newkitman
    Participant

    @newkitman

    I’m starting to think the only place we can find the non-logo hub caps, either nipple style or flat is at a VW show/swap meet. And like any of those, sometimes you score and other times the person selling wants a fortune. 1st show of the season here in the southeast is Mar. 11.

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

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