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"Lipstick on a pig" ?? Dare say you!! Some of these Big Bolts may have rust issues, residue mouse droppings, missing window cranks, a real bucket for a seat ... but hey! Maybe they are starting from the literal ground up. Baby Moons on the wheels can really keep you motvated!

There were hubcaps available for GMC Big Bolts back in the 30's, and 40's, but not Chevy. After some advice from the Big Bolt crew, he's got 'er done and it's a big hit!

Don't mess with these Big Bolt guys.

Baby Moons added to a Big Bolt Chevy
Installing 3/4-ton hubcaps on a Chevy
By Marvin Ribbich
1942 One and Half Ton Dual Wheel Panel Truck
Bolter 6399
Eagle, Wisconsin

September 2014

Discussing this topic in the Big Bolt Forum. Marvin actually posted this "neat idea" in the forums in 2007.


Lipstick on a Pig!

I added 1947-1953 Chevy 3/4-ton hub caps to my Big Bolt (1942 1.5-Ton Panel truck) and they really make the truck look great. Here are larger pictures with a good side view to compare the difference -- no hubcaps -- hubcaps!

What you'll need:

  • A set of 1947-54 Chevy three quarter ton hub caps -- 11” outside diameter, 8-3/4" inside hole.
  • Two extra 10-hole wheel plates to start with. You also need 20 hub cap clips (Jim Carter / American Classic carries them). You can also check for clips at most of the Petro truckstops, as they are used on the hub caps for the steering axles, or any place else that sells chrome goodies for semis, such as Peterbilt, KW, Freightliner, etc.
  • A pop rivet gun
  • 20 steel pop rivets (you can get from a local hardware store)

<< click on the images for a larger view >>

This is the GM wheel lug nuts

Front wheel

Placing the clips 1-1/8” from the center hole and centered half way between the lug holes on every other opening.


Rear wheel

Placing the clips again 1-1/8” from the center hole and half way between the lug holes every two lug holes.

You will need to drill two of the lug holes across from each other larger to accept the two 14 X 1.5 GM lug nuts. The nuts should have a 3/4" step on them.

You can tighten the lug nut as you would all others.

The caps will be hard to put on but that is what you want so they will not fall off if you hit a bump. You might have to bend the clips a little but not too much. Start at one side and pull up on the cap before you use your hand to pound them on.


We had a friend mount hub caps to his two-ton Ford by making clips for the caps and mounting them to the axle hub bolts. They look great. ~ Editor


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