View Full Version : TR2/3/3A TR3 hub cap tool

06-07-2011, 09:31 AM

These hub caps are really on there! I believe there is a special tool required to remove them without buggering up the caps and/or rims. Does anybody know where I can get one?

Thanks a lot

06-07-2011, 10:01 AM
I use one of these https://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece-heavy-duty-pry-bar-set-67477.html with the corners rounded off and the tip ground down so it gets between the hubcap and the wheel easier.

06-07-2011, 10:07 AM
I bought a 1/16" x 1" x 12" piece of brass at the hobby shop and hammered the last 3/4" over to 90*. Pops them hub caps right off...

Geo Hahn
06-07-2011, 02:29 PM
I won a set of these at a TR event:


Rounded the corners of the small one and carry it in the on-board tool kit for Nave Plate removal.

But in the garage I just use a claw hammer!

Don Elliott
06-07-2011, 04:46 PM
I use a tool that looks like a screwdriver but the end is flared out wider and there is a "V" notch in the center of the tip.

They are used for prying out carpet tacks.

Geo Hahn
06-07-2011, 07:08 PM
Nice assortment of DIY solutions.

Of course there was a TR tool for this but NLA from Moss at least:


06-07-2011, 09:45 PM
NLA from Moss at least:
Also TRF.

06-07-2011, 11:13 PM
Time to get Joe Alexander on the case....

06-08-2011, 06:20 AM
I use a small Stanley "Wonderbar". I looked up a link for it:

Stanley Pry & Claw Bars (https://www.stanleytools.com/default.asp?TYPE=CATEGORY&CATEGORY=HT+BARS)

Who knew there were so many different ways to pry things from other things?

Mine is an older version of the 55-045.

06-08-2011, 06:42 AM
You need one of these, "combination" tools. Available on eBay from time to time.




06-08-2011, 10:10 AM
Here is where I purchased my TR tools. Original stuff.
Gil NoCal https://www.vtr.org/classifieds/detail.php?siteid=5249

06-09-2011, 08:50 PM
<span style="font-size: 11pt">Here's the specs if you want to make your own.
I used a gas welding rig to flatten out the last 3" -3 1/2" so it would fit between the hub cap &amp; the wheel, &amp; also to braze the 2 pc together and lastly to round off the top of the short piece.
I put a dab of silicone seal on the rounded off top piece where it would touch the wheel.
It isn't indicated in the photo but the rounded off tip should extend about 1/2" beyond the last bend in the long piece.

06-10-2011, 09:42 PM
This information is so excellent. Thanks a lot for all the comments and DIY solutions - and especially the dimensioned drawing!

I am going to go have one fabricated. Maybe I'll fabricate a few and take them to the next TR event and sell them since they are so hard to come by.


06-11-2011, 05:26 AM
Hi Jim,

Should you fabricate a few of these devils; You can put me on your list for "1 of Them". Please advise what the cost will be. My Zip Code is "29671".

Thanx in Advance,


06-11-2011, 09:15 PM
Let me know if you decide to make up a batch of these tools. I've been looking for one for a while and would also be interested in getting one if you make some up.