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Vehicle wheel with ornamental plastic overlay

Image Number 4 for United States Patent #4790605.

A composite styled wheel having a metal wheel mounting disc and rim secured together and adapted to receive a tire thereon, and a plastic ornamental overlay body permanently affixed and covering at least a part of the outboard face of the disc and/or rim. The body is made of an elastomeric material, and its outboard face has a decorative contour exposed to view from the outboard side of the wheel. Hub cap retainer grooves or pockets are provided in the outboard face of the body adapted to individually yieldably engage and retain attachment prongs of a hub cap for removable attachment of the same to the wheel. Each of the grooves or pockets has an opening at an outboard face of the body with juxtaposed entrance edges spaced apart a distance less than a maximum transverse dimension of the associated prong to provide an interference fit therewith. Each groove or pocket also has an interior wall surface defining an undercut relationship relative to the opening edges. The entrance edges and the contiguous interior wall surface are yieldable so as to spread apart to permit insertion of the associated prong and then to return to a spring keeper relationship once the associated prong reaches a seated position in the groove or pocket matching the fully seated position of the hub cap on the body.

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