Middlebridge wheels/Locking Nuts/Centre Caps

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Post by Will Anderson » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:10 pm

Yes, Performance are now no more. Dan Mitchell bought the last of their stock of cover caps. I always found them okay to deal with over the cover caps (bought three sets from them) but never tried to get the smaller centre caps.


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Post by drcdb15 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:46 am

Thanks for your comments so far folks, I know there has been a lot of discussion in the past over this topic so apologies for bringing it up again, but as I recall the previous discussions have been for the 14" SE wheels as opposed to the 15" MB ones, and I assume the dimensions of the centre hole etc could be different.

Anyway, it seems like a cut down Wolfie cap is the most cost-effective solution for the centre, and Bill Brighton for the nuts. The last price cited in the Preferred Suppliers thread is a few years old now, but even so it's dramatically cheaper than what QRG is asking. Whereabouts is Bill located, does anyone know? Given the weight it might be more sensible to collect in person if he's close to any of my usual trips.

But that still leaves the issue of *locking* nuts - can Bill supply these too? (Yes, I know - "why don't you phone him and ask?" - all right, I shall. So there !) :roll:


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Post by peter freeman » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:07 am

My MB has SS discs fitted covering the dia of the original plastic centres ( my centres are put away for shows) the discs are screwed in place. So good I have done the same on the MB wheels fitted to our Coupe. Sorry I cannot post a picture as we are in NZ for the next 3 weeks. They can just been seen on the MB site car No9



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Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:45 am

This is a photo of Bill's cap, which I took at Curborough in 2007, while talking to him in the marquee about how he'd got hold of them. He said they were pleasant to deal with (he even gave me the name of the lady in Sales, to speak to). IIRC he said it took him a few phone calls to sort out, which was apparently a bit of an adventure, because of the different times involved. :)

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Oh and I've just remembered where I put the photo of Keith's (very nice) wheel :)

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Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:48 am

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Whereabouts is Bill located, does anyone know? Given the weight it might be more sensible to collect in person if he's close to any of my usual trips.
He's in the Solent area.


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Post by drcdb15 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:38 pm

Roger Pennington wrote:
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He's in the Solent area.
Oh, that's perfect - the A27 and myself are intimately acquainted. Thanks. :D


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Post by drcdb15 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:47 pm

peter freeman wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:07 am
My MB has SS discs fitted covering the dia of the original plastic centres ( my centres are put away for shows) the discs are screwed in place. So good I have done the same on the MB wheels fitted to our Coupe. Sorry I cannot post a picture as we are in NZ for the next 3 weeks. They can just been seen on the MB site car No9
Thanks for that Peter. I presume you must have drilled and tapped the wheel. Not sure I'd be comfortable to modify a good wheel in that way. The final appearance is a personal taste thing, of course. Not quite sure how I feel about that - it certainly gives everything a very clean uncluttered look... but I'm not sure that's for me.


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Post by drcdb15 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:54 pm

Roger Pennington wrote:
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Oh and I've just remembered where I put the photo of Keith's (very nice) wheel :)
Yes Roger, I've seen that picture on the Forum before - wasn't it diamond-cut or diamond polished or some such to get that finish? It looks superb - but what's of more interest is that it actually has a locking nut on it. I will see if I can contact Keith to see where he sourced it. Thanks.


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Post by drcdb15 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:09 pm

Ah, Roger or other mod: I've just found that pic on Dark Star's 2015 thread https://scimitarweb.co.uk/sgwrs/viewtop ... 33#p350584 - it was chrome powder coating.

I started this thread as I wanted particularly to know about locking nuts which wasn't addressed in Dark Star's thread, but in view of the way the members' replies have gone I wonder if you might want to merge the threads so as to keep all of the wheels info and pix in one place?


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Post by peter freeman » Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:48 am

drcdb15 wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:47 pm
peter freeman wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:07 am
My MB has SS discs fitted covering the dia of the original plastic centres ( my centres are put away for shows) the discs are screwed in place. So good I have done the same on the MB wheels fitted to our Coupe. Sorry I cannot post a picture as we are in NZ for the next 3 weeks. They can just been seen on the MB site car No9
Thanks for that Peter. I presume you must have drilled and tapped the wheel. Not sure I'd be comfortable to modify a good wheel in that way. The final appearance is a personal taste thing, of course. Not quite sure how I feel about that - it certainly gives everything a very clean uncluttered look... but I'm not sure that's for me.
Yes wheels drilled and tapped but if you have discs or centre caps fitted the "holes" are not on view so I Am not bothered by them.



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Post by drcdb15 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:43 pm

Can anyone confirm for me please, the thread on the standard MB wheel studs? Thanks


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Post by gtcse8 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:48 pm

1/2" inch UNF


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Post by gtcse8 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:53 pm

If anyone wants to fasten the plastic MB cover to their wheels the easiest way is the screw them to ONE of the wheel nuts, UNDER the cover.
Only involves a wheel nut at the correct height, and with a tapped hole in its centre.
Then just drill a small hole in the plastic centre, line up the holes and use a tamperproof screw to hold the cap in place??.


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Post by drcdb15 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:23 pm

gtcse8 wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:48 pm
1/2" inch UNF
Many thanks :)


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Post by drcdb15 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:47 pm

Seems as if the MB wheel nuts are the same fit as used on MGB, Volvo and Saab... (but I haven't yet found which specific models). Can anyone throw any light on that please?


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