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Cool Polished 7 Spoke Cougar Wheels

OK, I've cleaned all the paint and "tough" factory primer off these wheels, and then sanded and primed and painted the sides of the holes, and some what polished the surface. It was a chore, but they look pretty good I think.

I still need to make my centers, but I have a plan. Will post pics when I get there.



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A truly unique wheel! Looks great.
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I would clearcoat them before you put them back on the car to help keep them shiny and easier to clean. Just a little tip.....

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Thanks ....

And about clearcoating them. I have clearcoated polished aluminum before (many years ago) , and it looks great in the short haul, but over time .... it's better to just polish the aluminum once in a while I think. I hate it when the clearcoat chips and flakes in spots. I've always had an old british motorcycle (1974 Triumph Trident) around with polished cases and there are other projects I have tried clearcoating on. Everytime I have ever yielded to temptation and clearcoated some bare aluminum that was polished, I soon swore never again.

The surface is now polished and isn't so "grippy" for paints, and most paints will chip in places after a short while requiring re coating.

I did these 10 hole wheels ...



... on my other T-bird in the summer of 1997 basically the same way I just finished the 7 spokers (stripping finish, sanding, more sanding, cleaning, more sanding with 320, 400, 600, 1000 and then finally use the paste. To get the rim edge or lip, I spin them. Use care.) ...



... and maybe once every other year (or three), I'll go sit in the drive way for maybe an hour with the radio on ... on a cool afternoon and polish them with some "Semi Chrome" polish. Once the aluminum is polished smooth, it's really easy to bring to a high gloss with the right stuff. "Semi Chrome" comes in small tubes, I've been using it for over 30 years now and it polishes and protects.

They have held up very well, these pics taken August 2006. I usually just wash them and do not use any special wheel cleaners as brake dust simply does not adhear to them. Since 1997, I have almost worn out two sets of 225/60-15 Lemans HR tires off of these wheels.

Now, the Lacey Spokes on my 2001 Mercury GM are factory painted a silver metalic clear coat, and the dust does stick to them, they can be a PITA to keep looking clean.

But these polished 10 hole aluminum wheels .... never. I hope the 7 spoke 16X7s do likewise. I'll give them a chance anyway.

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wish my fanblades was easy to polish........they're stripped already, but the way they are made makes it a pita to polish, so ima get them super chrome powdercoated......... hopefully.......just gotta get some spare wheels so i can mess w/ these fans some more.

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Looks sexy . . . wanna do mine next

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I like that alot, but what is the plan for your centers?

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that looks damn sexy, yeah center caps would be a challenge since you'd have to get some made

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Looks friggin awesome! Now if only mine werent so chewed up from me smacking a curb in the snow.

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why not powdercoat the wheels after you polish them with a high gloss clear. Braincoating.com can easily take care of that.




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I still need to make my centers, but I have a plan. Will post pics when I get there.
That is awesome! If there was a good cure for the centers I would love to take the time to do that, too bad they would only go on my 89 Cougar, but that looks very hot. I would rather have those than the 03 Cobra wheels.

Once I see my 97 with the chrome bullitts, it is tough to see a painted wheel on either of them. Even compared to the machined grandpa wheels on my Grand Marquis they just don't do it for me any more, painted silver.

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Once I see my 97 with the chrome bullitts, it is tough to see a painted wheel on either of them. Even compared to the machined grandpa wheels on my Grand Marquis they just don't do it for me any more, painted silver.
I'm gettin' eager to put the LS wheels I got over a year ago put on. Talked to cougarcragar about getting spacers from him and now it's on to find a good deal on 255/50/17 tires. The ones I got were the machined split 7 spoke wheels, love the look.

If there was only a way to chrome those 7-spoke 16's, I'd never have ever worried about the LS wheels.

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those are my fav wheels for the cougar looks nice polished.

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Well, I made some centers using 6 1/2" diameter 1/8" thick aluminum disc and the stainless steel spring ring from some Cougar centers (they were cracked and tore up, I diidn't butcher good ones). Lots of polishing. Will polish more I'm sure.





I installed them witb Goodyear P225/60R16 RS-A rubber. Those are simply 3/16" diameter, 1/4" reach aluminum "pop" rivets and I had to use a suitable 3/16" back up washer inside as the holes in the spring ring are 1/4".




I cleaned the car today after getting off work today, then I gave her a good coat of Liquid Glass. These pics taken yesterday afternoon, I was in a rush. They look pretty much exactly like button headed socket screws until you look real close like.





Last one taken at 5:50 am as I went to work yesterday.

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that looks really nice

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Now I'm thinking about maybe lowering her 1-1/2" or there abouts when I put onthe new shocks.

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wow that looks great!!! SO how much to do mine?

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WOW! That looks amazing! Very goo work man!

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Wow. Just wow! Nice job on the caps.


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That looks awesome, now take them off that T-bird and send them to me so I can put them on my Cougar like they should be.

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That looks awesome, now take them off that T-bird and send them to me so I can put them on my Cougar like they should be.
I'm just thinking about what I can do if I get a spare set of 7-spokes . . . they are absolutely the sharpest Cougar wheels ever produced for the MN-12.

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I was thinking about doing it with mine since they are sitting in my garage all summer (they are now my winter wheels) but I slip into a curb with them 2 yrs ago and it got chewed up on the lip of one so I think I may just paint them a late model toyota wheel silver. Its alot more metalic and has a deeper appearance. Next time you see a Highlander look at their wheels, thats the color I'm thinking of.

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I'm just thinking about what I can do if I get a spare set of 7-spokes . . . they are absolutely the sharpest Cougar wheels ever produced for the MN-12.
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that they are the best looking factory MN12 wheels period!


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Looking great, CrystalPistol.

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I'm just thinking about what I can do if I get a spare set of 7-spokes . . . they are absolutely the sharpest Cougar wheels ever produced for the MN-12.
Agreed. I like the way my '96 looks with the 7-spokes over the LS wheels.


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I was thinking about doing it with mine since they are sitting in my garage all summer (they are now my winter wheels) but I slip into a curb with them 2 yrs ago and it got chewed up on the lip of one so I think I may just paint them a late model toyota wheel silver. Its alot more metalic and has a deeper appearance. Next time you see a Highlander look at their wheels, thats the color I'm thinking of.
If the lip isn't destroyed, just dress it down and polish and no one will notice unless you make a point of showing them. One of mine has brushed a curb somewhere, I just took a high speed sander and dressed it down and rolled the edge and blended it and then polished right along with the rest. They are just aluminum.

If it is destroyed, you probably shouldn't be using it except on a slow speed farm vehicle.

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I have had a copuple ask how I made the centers. First, I accumulated 4 of the Cougar plastic centers, they have a stainless steel snap ring attached to the back by plastic stubs being melted over. Seperate them, you'll need the four rings. Good to use junk cracked centers as the plastic will be trash. There are 10 holes near 1/4" diameter each in the stainless steel rings.

Measure across the farthest of two holes to get the diameter of the circle that these 10 holes prescribe. I forget whaty it was, but it was somewhere 5, maybe 5 1/2". MEASURE YOURS.

Yopu need 4 pieces of 1/8" thick aluminum, flat with no dents, each a good 7" square. Find the centers and make a small dimple or 1/16" hole. Set a compass to 3.25" (half of 6 1/2") and scribe a circle.

Set your compass to half the diameter of the 10 holes in the stainless steel snap rings, and scribe that circle.

Lay a snap ring on the circle, and mark the locations of each of those 10 holes precisely. Punch each center. If you are going to use 3/16" stainless or aluminum pop rivets like I did, drill each with a 3/16 bit. If you decide to use 1/4" diameter button head stainless screws and nuts, drill to 1/4".

Using a band saw with a fine cut bimetal blade, I cut the circles at 6 1/2" line I scribed earlier, then polished the discs, and attached the snap rings to the backs with 10 3/16" pop rivets each and used aluminum backup washers inside as the holes in the stainless steel are 1/4". Smooth the edge, and polish again. I used a polishing bonnet on a Shop Smith, any method of polishing aluminum will work.

The 1/16" hole is not noticed.

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Nice job on the Cougar wheels!! Real sharp!
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thats one heck of a job you did there on those rims man...look'n good
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as far as your clearcoat goes... all depends on what you use

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