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Old 08-05-2004, 06:01   #1 (permalink)
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EL Fairmont Ghia - EL GT Wheels Conversion - Part 1

I've a few questions here and there about which wheels to put on my maroon EL 97 Fairmont Ghia. Once decided on the Champayne EL GT replica wheels from SSV, the next choice was tyres.

A new topic was started on which tyre which never ended. I ended getting the Tyre i wanted, the Dunlop 3000 Series tyre, for a bargin as Beaurepairs had a 15% sale on today, so i got the tyre for $195 instead of $225, saving $120 for the set.

The tyres go on this saturday but the story started when the EL GT replica's arrived.


This is probably a good giude for all those who wanted the EL GT replica wheels but went aginst cos of the center cap issue and Between FF and fordmods, there seems to be a few.

DDAY - The arrival

Here is the wheel brand new in the box still. Looks great.

http://www.kudoskrew.com/files/el/New.gif

But then the problem, the center caps. The picture on SSV's website shows a champayne cap with Tickford badges. The ones i received, looked terrible.

http://www.kudoskrew.com/files/el/Copycenters.jpg
http://www.kudoskrew.com/files/el/orig.gif

I then thought, well thats ok, the wheels are a bargin ($1140 deliverrred without tyres) from Sydney, so ill just buyt the proper EL GT Center caps.

http://www.kudoskrew.com/files/el/Originalcaps.jpg

Nope. After the friendly local ford spares orderred them for me to get in, i found mentionned on forums that they dont fit. And sure enough they dont.

http://www.kudoskrew.com/files/el/Difference.jpg

I then figured I could just get the colour matched to these caps and get some paint made up which is this weekends job but i wanted the small Ford badge there as well. Seems ford dont sell the badge by itself nor does any rarespares or online ford spare parts places. I then looked at the original EL centers and thought hmmmm, i could just stell the logo off them cos i couldnt use the cap anyway. But how to get the sticker out without cutting it with a stanley knife and ruining the sticker.

I thought about it a bit more and wonderred if i could brake the cap in two, hopefully the sticker would just pop off. Here we go.

First, I chopped off the rear plastic clips.

http://www.kudoskrew.com/files/el/firstcut.jpg

Next, you make a cut down each side close to the sticket so as to make sure where it will bend.

http://www.kudoskrew.com/files/el/secondcut2.jpg
http://www.kudoskrew.com/files/el/secondcut.jpg

Next, wack back in the vica and bend it out.

http://www.kudoskrew.com/files/el/Bend.gif

And the sticker will pop right out.

Heres what the cap looks like at the end.

http://www.kudoskrew.com/files/el/end.jpg

Heres the car waiting paitently for the wheels. I also did the whole painting of the Calipers / Hubs.

http://www.kudoskrew.com/files/el/Naked.jpg

Well thats it for Part 1, this saturday i will post the colour code for the paint to match once i get back from the paint shop with piccy's to follow.
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Re: EL Fairmont Ghia - EL GT Wheels Conversion - Part 1

looking alright. dont know about the chioce of color for the rotors..black? :/
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Very informative :)
shame u read my post about the centre caps too late eh
can't wait to see them on the car, should make for a huge improvement.

deffinately interested in hearing the colour code for those wheels... could come in handy
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Did you get the email I sent back in reply to you man?
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Hahah Cobra... i remember urs :)
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They didn't look that bad, and if you stood back a few metres you didn't even notice. Definately look better than those crap silver tickford wing centre caps.
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ey... i have those crap silver tickford wing centre caps...
then again, i have silver wheels
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HAHA yeah that's true. But the genuine wheels have crap silver tickford wing centre caps. Ohh if i want to keep going I could say the wheels I have on my AU have crap silver centre caps. I think I'll just shut up now.

Seriously though, I don't know why they didnt just make the same coloured centre caps and use Ford logo. How much more would this have costed the wheel developer? Didn't stop them from selling they sell shitloads. I wonder who makes all these aftermarket rims?
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my point exactly. I mean I paid $1100 odd for the wheels, i would of been more than happy to pay up to $100 more for a propper cap as they look shocking just sitting there let alone on the wheel.

Fomoco: Yeah im still thinking about whether to highlight the calipers or not in a different colour. I just couldnt think of what colour. I wouldnt go silver or maroon on a maroon car with champayne wheels. You wouldnt go champayne obvioulsy, and red or blue was the only other choice but there is not a single thing on the car that red or blue so i thought it would be out of place. The black i think just highlights the wheel more.

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I am thinking of painting my calipers and rotors black, one to hide the rust and two because I think painteing ht em red looks gey.
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