My new bride is a keeper!!!! I finished my restoration this fall, in time for our wedding. I didnt't buy a few things like hubcaps, etc. God love her, a new set of brass Made in Canada hubcaps awaited me yesterday morning!!!!! However, a quick question, They seem to fit the rear no problem, but my fronts seem a tad to small... Am I missing something?
Not with a Wife like that , you`re not !!
Sometimes the front hubs got expanded out a little, especially the early ones as they were thin in the area of the hubcap. I have taken a "thread file" to them. Remove ever-so-little material and check the fit often. You think it would take a lot of filing but it doesn't. You can always take off a little more but it's hard to put it back on!
You have her trained right already...car parts for Christmas! Yes!!!
Besides agreeing 100% with Doug, your problem is probably the front hubs are stretched (or wallowed, or whatever you want to call it). easily happens when replacing the bearing cups by tilting them when pulling out.
Other than filing the threads deeper, I'm no certain what "fixes" the group knows.
I did replace the cones, so I likely expanded them as it were.....Hmm, any suggestions from the wise masses?
If they are exceptionally rangi threads you could beat them down a little or saw through them in 4 places but if you like your hubs you will not do this.
They are original Made in Canada hubs, I'd prefer not to if I could help it. The threads appear to be in good shape, no injury, or rust, they just simply seem too large
I had that problem with the front of my T. I was able to re-size the area using a rear wheel pulling tool. I removed the bolt from the tool, spread it with a screwdriver and started it on the hub. Screw it in a way until resistance, then insert the bolt and tighten it. Back of the bolt, screw the tool in and repeat as often as necessary to go all the way to the end of threads. Works like a champ.
John's idea sounds great--in fact, I might try that on my '15 hubs, the threads seem a bit "tight" on them too.