30,000 hubcaps


I got this email via my old admin account on Team Chevelle. Passing it along if anyone is interested.
I don't have any other info but he appears to be in Eagle, Idaho - just north of Boise.

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Yep, I was a teenager in So. Cal. in the 1950s. Was at the first race at Lions Drag Strip and most all of them after that. I’ve owned around 55 old cars, mostly Hot Rods. Owned 2 tire shops in the 60s and 70s, sold out and moved to Idaho in 1979. That’s a little of my history, very little, but enough.

Last month I went to an auction in a small town and found about a 65 year accumulation of classic and vintage wheel covers and hubcaps. This guy had been collecting hubcaps forever, almost as long as I have been taking up space on this planet and that’s a long, long time.

There was every make, model and year from the “40s”, “50s”, “60s” and “70s” with quite a few from the 1900s thru the “30s”. 98% of them are original. I went nuts when I saw them and had to have them. Reminded me of my tire shop days when we would sell a hundred or so sets of custom wheels a week and got the stock hubcaps and wheels for free. I had almost every one of these hubcaps, except mine were mostly new. I HAD to have these, all of them.

Well, I now have them (moving them was sort of a chore) in a old bean warehouse in one huge pile waiting for me to sort them. I have started sorting them and the floor of that 8,000 sq. ft. building is going to get very small, very quick. Since there is no electricity, heat or water in the warehouse, I have limited daylight to sort them. I don’t think I’ll be done until spring, if then.

I also have a business to run. We have been embroiders, for over 30 years, of hats, shirts, jackets, etc. and business is very good, thank goodness. Last week we acquired another full time job, two 6 week old Black Lab Puppies, they are training me very well.

So, the hubcaps are a part time hobby to get me away from the other 2 jobs and I’m lovin’ it.

The attached pictures (I hope they are attached, I’m not very good at this) don’t come near to showing all of them. In the boxes are the small caps and beauty rims, there are over 80 boxes.

Yes, they are For Sale and I thought I’d offer the car club members the first chance at what they want or need before I advertise them to the general public. So, if you or anyone in your club would like to reserve one or a set or more, as I’m sorting them out I’ll set them aside when I find them. No, you don’t have to pay for them until they are shipped. You will also get pictures.

If you have a question or want me to hide some for you, please contact me and I’ll be glad to do it.

Some are dented and with those I’m going to make into clocks. Great gifts or just fun to have in a garage or shop.

Oh Ya, how many hubcaps do I have ??? Approximately 32,000. Yep, 32,000 of these wonderful shiny saucers. As it says in the subject line, “An Old 1950s Hot Rodder Has Lost His Mind.” My Wife totally agrees with that.

If you are thinking that I don’t have what you are looking for, you better ask me because there is everything. How many people do you know that have an Oakland hubcap from the 1900s, I do.

Thanks Much,

Tom Mc Mahan


Cell 208-749-1390

Email tomaine@cableone.net

I don’t have a website, not much use for one since I don’t yet know for sure what I have. I don’t text, twitter or facebook or any of the rest of those things that I have no idea how to do, or care to know. Hell, I barely know how to answer the cell phone.

Thanks Again
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