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Old 02-20-2016, 06:42 PM
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Please, just don't go back the black wall tires in this last photo! What do you have on this rig in the way of wheel covers? They, obviously, are not '63 Chrysler wheel covers if it has 15" wheels.
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Default 63 Chrysler wheel covers if it has 15" wheels.

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Please, just don't go back the black wall tires in this last photo! What do you have on this rig in the way of wheel covers? They, obviously, are not '63 Chrysler wheel covers if it has 15" wheels.
Could be, 15" was a option. Hubcap is a fairly odd one.
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All 63 Mopar cop cars had 15 inch wheels that I had in the day so 15 inch wheel discs would be a available option. As I remember the Chryslers the New Jersey Garden State Parkway cops drove had full caps they were New Yorkers to boot.
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Those are the correct wheel covers for the car. The car came equipped with 15" rims. The strange thing is that as rare as those wheel covers are, I was able to find a spare pair, either on eBay or at a swap meet. Don't remember which it was, because I got them many years ago. Whenever I saw spare parts available, I purchased them, knowing that they are not going to get any easier to get as time goes by. What was commonly available only 5 years ago, now have become almost extinct. Todays crazy prices are going to be tomorrows bargains.
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don't forget the mud and snows. I have one N-78 studded snow tire I will throw in all you got to do is find another one.
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Old 02-21-2016, 03:25 AM
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Please, just don't go back the black wall tires in this last photo! What do you have on this rig in the way of wheel covers? They, obviously, are not '63 Chrysler wheel covers if it has 15" wheels.
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Could be, 15" was a option. Hubcap is a fairly odd one.
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All 63 Mopar cop cars had 15 inch wheels that I had in the day so 15 inch wheel discs would be a available option. As I remember the Chryslers the New Jersey Garden State Parkway cops drove had full caps they were New Yorkers to boot.
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Those are the correct wheel covers for the car. The car came equipped with 15" rims. The strange thing is that as rare as those wheel covers are, I was able to find a spare pair, either on eBay or at a swap meet. Don't remember which it was, because I got them many years ago. Whenever I saw spare parts available, I purchased them, knowing that they are not going to get any easier to get as time goes by. What was commonly available only 5 years ago, now have become almost extinct. Todays crazy prices are going to be tomorrows bargains.
The car indeed did come with blackwall 8.00x15 tires from the factory (although it had whitewall for apparently all of its service life). The car was shipped to the Pinner plant in March 1963 after being ordered in January. While it was ordered with 15" wheels with the oddball slotted wheel covers (some on eBay recently), heavy duty suspension, sway bar, and other components common to the police package - the car was NOT a "Enforcer" model (a modified Newport) itself as was suspected in the past. The car was actually built by Chrysler specifically to be cut up! Our only guess is that Franklin Body and Pinner felt they didn't need all the features of the "Enforcer" model and wanted to save money.

Now - the 1964 Pinner-Chrysler ambulance specified and purchased by the Belmar, NJ First Aid Squad.... That's a different story.
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Do you have a close-up photo of the wheel cover?
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Do you have a close-up photo of the wheel cover?
Sure. Here's one from when I got the car.
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Those wheel covers must have been used on something else that Chrysler built, but I have no idea as to what. When the Ghia Imperial limousines came out in '57 & '58, Chrysler put 15" wheels on those while all stock Imperial passenger cars came with 14" wheels. Most squad cars ordered with 15" wheels would have had dog dish hub caps. Chrysler used 14" wheels on nearly everything they built from 1957 thru 1968, with the exception of the Imperials.

Do you remember what the eBay sellers identified them as?
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Since you are such a stickler for equipping it as it was originally, is it safe to assume that you will be putting the single, full body width mud flap back on it??
Where in this picture do you see a full body mud flap?

This picture also proves that the wheel covers that are on the car now, are the originals to the car.

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