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sp53
04-26-2018, 10:26 AM
here is an original tr3 hood wrench if anyone is interested


https://www.ebay.com/itm/TRIUMPH-TR3-HOOD-SPARE-TIRE-COMPARTMENT-TOOL-/202284325586?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368

TomMull
04-26-2018, 05:36 PM
Otherwise known as "coach key".
You might have a look at this before you get too excited about it's originality but it's certainly acceptable, none the less.
https://www.britishcarforum.com/bcf/showthread.php?109567-Original-Style-Coach-Key&highlight=coach
Tom

titanic
04-27-2018, 06:39 PM
53319Here is a pic. of the coach key from my first TR3A-a 1960 purchase in 1962, from what I believe to be the original owner. It appears to be identical to the one in Steves' posting.
Berry

TomMull
04-28-2018, 08:05 AM
Here is a pic. of the coach key from my first TR3A-a 1960 purchase in 1962, from what I believe to be the original owner. It appears to be identical to the one in Steves' posting.
Berry
I'm sure yours is original but my point, which I thought was illustrated in the previous thread, was that there are several styles that qualify as original, and not one holy grail.
Tom

Marvin Gruber
04-28-2018, 10:16 AM
I have at least four different styles I have picked up over the years. Pictured one is from the later TR3s.
Marv

titanic
04-28-2018, 11:57 AM
I am sure that the designers/engineers from Triumph would be amused that 60 years later people are debating the style of the hood wrench.
I have also heard them referred to as "Fool's tool".
Berry

Marvin Gruber
05-02-2018, 08:56 PM
Picture of coach key collection I have.
Marv53395

pdplot
05-03-2018, 05:51 AM
Back when these cars were new, we referred to them as "T-Keys".

bnw
05-04-2018, 10:17 AM
I always called it a church key?

Gordon_Dedrick
05-04-2018, 10:35 AM
Church keys are for aluminum cans. Coach keys are for bonnets,,,,,,,and side curtains, spare tire doors, TR2 boots. A multipurpose tool

bnw
05-04-2018, 11:57 AM
Do you really think a 16 year old in 1964 with his first car, a $200 59 TR3 is going to call it a "coach key"? Besides, aluminum cans were only on the market for 5 years and mostly for beer. Coors was the first. It will always be a church key for me.

TomMull
05-04-2018, 04:41 PM
Do you really think a 16 year old in 1964 with his first car, a $200 59 TR3 is going to call it a "coach key"? Besides, aluminum cans were only on the market for 5 years and mostly for beer. Coors was the first. It will always be a church key for me.

OK, you've got me there. I bought my first TR3 in 1964 but I was a bit older than 16 and I paid a bit more than $200 for it but you are right, I didn't hear the term "coach key" until recently. Recently for me could go back 20 t0 30 years.
After reading your comment, I tried to find the derivation or an explanation for the term, "coach Key" and came up short. Anybody have an idea where the term came from?
I was well acquainted with church keys at the time too.
53430
Tom

titanic
05-04-2018, 05:28 PM
The blue owners manual uses the term "coach key" in the pic. of the tool kit.
Berry

mixdenny
05-04-2018, 07:09 PM
Heck when I bought my '57 in 1964 it came with the wrong key. It had a closed loop handle, like this one. I was told it was really for a VW but what part of a VW would it have fit? I know it was wrong because the previous owner had to file it a bit to fit in the lock.


Dennis

Geo Hahn
05-04-2018, 08:03 PM
"Coach' may have referred originally to buses or possibly rail cars.

Here is a site that supports vintage coaches, they list a Tee key for side compartments:

https://www.mhcoachworks.com/index.asp

https://www.mhcoachworks.com/product_details.asp?prod=172&name=BUS%20&%20COACH%20TEE-KEY

https://www.mhcoachworks.com/images/lrg/tee%20key.jpg

As for VWs - Transporters (Buses) used a similar key for the engine 'lid':

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ENGINE-LID-GAS-DOOR-CHURCH-KEY-FITS-VOLKSWAGEN-TYPE2-BUS-1950-1966/262720516044?fits=Model%3ATransporter&epid=2029664614&hash=item3d2b5cefcc:g:kGQAAOSw44BYK1~H&vxp=mtr

53448

TomMull
05-05-2018, 08:11 AM
I think you've nailed it. And for 2.25 rather than $25.
I have a VW type also but with the open handle offset to one side. I'll post a picture if I can find it.
Tom