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One of my fellow Chicagoland AOAI members has an 89 Avanti Convertible with wire wheels missing a center cap. He contacted Dayton and told they were Appliance wheels, which I'm not familiar with. Does anyone with an 89 have a center cap or a set of caps for the wheels? He just got the car back after a very long restoration and wants to get "Christine" properly dressed. Thanks.

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Here is what I was told by Avanti motors. On my 88 Avanti the center caps for the wire wheels were round, I think some might have been a hexagon shape in 89. No one is going to know if your car in 89 came with the round or hexagon shape caps. You can buy the center caps on ebay make sure the center caps come with the plastic retainer/locking piece on the back.

On the cap is a big A in the center of the cap use a drummel tool and grind the big A flat, does not take long as it is plastic. Once it is flat you can use the Avanti 1 3/4 inch medallion/logo Some of the bigger Studebaker Avanti parts places have these, If you cant find any I have 4 new ones that I can sell you.

these have an adhevisive on the back but would suggest also using some good glue like super glue to help make sure it sticks and stays on.

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I like the Avanti in script ones with the black background in the third picture. Are they 1-3/4" dia? If so, where are they from or are those the ones you have 4 of? I'd consider them if those are yours, ONLY IF plwindish isn't interested, of course. No rush, I've been without any center decorations for 30+ years ;)

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I did some googling after posting and saw a number of the Appliance wheels and caps on Ebay. I did pass the info on to Joe D. to look on Ebay.

The first picture of the round caps with the Avanti logo and silver background have the logos/stickers available through Studebaker International as well as the Avanti logo with the black background. I put the logos with the black background on my Dayton wheel caps and they look very nice. I believe the size of the stickers is 1 3/4". The one thing I don't like about the Dayton's is the fasteners, 2 screws and a backing plate mounted from the back side of the wheel. If the Appliance wheels have plastic clips, that may be easier to mount than the Dayton's.

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I did some googling after posting and saw a number of the Appliance wheels and caps on Ebay. I did pass the info on to Joe D. to look on Ebay.

The first picture of the round caps with the Avanti logo and silver background have the logos/stickers available through Studebaker International as well as the Avanti logo with the black background. I put the logos with the black background on my Dayton wheel caps and they look very nice. I believe the size of the stickers is 1 3/4". The one thing I don't like about the Dayton's is the fasteners, 2 screws and a backing plate mounted from the back side of the wheel. If the Appliance wheels have plastic clips, that may be easier to mount than the Dayton's.

Yeah, anything with a flat surface might be best mounted with 2-sided VHB foam tape like that used for auto dealer tags and other automotive trim items. I have no idea what happened to the center "Magnum 500" discs from wheels. Had 'em in 1982, now I don't :(
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Warren, Studebaker International has them in both the black background and also in the Silver background. The 1 3/4" size does work fine for putting on the wheel center caps. They've been on my 76 for two years and have not come off, so its a good adhesive.

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Warren, Studebaker International has them in both the black background and also in the Silver background. The 1 3/4" size does work fine for putting on the wheel center caps. They've been on my 76 for two years and have not come off, so its a good adhesive.

Cool, do you remember what keyword(s) you used to search? Just spent 10+ minutes and coming up empty. Thanks.
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For those in the future who may want to know - Studebaker Int'l calls this part a "Medallion" and the part number is 26-001.

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For those in the future who may want to know - Studebaker Int'l calls this part a "Medallion" and the part number is 26-001.

Cool, thanks! Never thought of that as a keyword, tried disc, disk, hub, etc. Their current printed catalog's Numeric Index shows the 26-xxx series as 26-006 through 26-013. I'll hafta look it up online later.

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