Need PT Cruiser accessory advice!
Greets, all! I need help (and not just professional help, if you know what I mean!).
I’ve got a 2006 PT Cruiser that I want to spruce up, but not like most of them that have modern aero flares and skirts, or ‘tuner’ trim inside and out – I’m more interested in some of the classic styling of hot rods and street rods, applied to a newer chassis.
Right now, I’m running painted wheels with chrome trim rings. What I’d like to add to this is chrome spider caps, but I haven’t been able to find any in metric sizes, period – my bolt pattern is 5×100mm, which would let me bolt on a Cavalier wheel or a Stratus wheel, but isn’t very common amongst the classic-style wheels (what I really want are Chrysler Rallye wheels, but that’s a lost cause – even if I can get the wheels drilled, I can’t find the center caps for this bolt pattern). So I’m okay with painted wheels – they’re cheap and look good when trimmed – and that’s where I am. I like chromed spider caps – they look great on a painted wheel, and they protect the hardware. So why does it seem that no one makes one that will fit the PT Cruiser? The car was supposed to look like the street rods of the ‘40s – it makes sense to me that there should be accessories to follow that approach, but they’re rare as hens’ teeth.
The other thing I’m thinking about is a bit more unique. In keeping with a street rod theme, I was wondering what the possibilities were – and who could/would do such a thing – of replacing the existing cam cover with one machined to look like a finned flathead. In addition to that, I’d want to replace the molded plastic intake manifold with one made of steel tubing, looking essentially like a header that comes off the front of the engine, then wraps back over it and collects to attach to the existing throttle body. I wonder if that would be practical, and if anyone knows a good place to start looking for someone to do either of these things. Basically, I don’t want to open my hood and have it look like a typical front-drive modern engine – if that’s the only option, then I’ll just leave it as-is and leave the hood closed ;-).
And the interior, eventually, will get the tweed-and-leather treatment …