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Technical hub cap removal

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ron Brown, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. Ron Brown
    Joined: Jul 6, 2015
    Posts: 1,630

    Ron Brown

    anyone have a trick for pulling the hubcaps of Kelsey Hayes style 16" wires without scratching or damaging the paint on the wheel? Only way I can see is just cover screwdriver tip with tape. image.jpg
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  2. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,665


    That's how I take mine off.....just go slow and easy.......I usually manage to chip some paint. Seems sometimes, powder coated holds up better.
  3. Ron Brown
    Joined: Jul 6, 2015
    Posts: 1,630

    Ron Brown

    luckily they are powdercoated for about 6mos so they should be cured about as hard as it gets...gotta pull the front wheels in the morning so I will find out then
  4. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,665


  5. I use an oak wedge with a small hammer.
  6. flthd31
    Joined: Aug 5, 2007
    Posts: 561


    I've had good luck with this poly/nylon composite, trim and molding tool set from Harbor Freight. They're pretty tough and cheap of course.
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  7. I use a old credit card.
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  8. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 12,171

    from Quincy, IL

    Once you get them off, consider drilling a couple of small holes, fairly close together, in the edge near the rim. Fabricate a 'puller' from piano wire (stiffer the better wire) with a loop for your fingers and 'hooks' that fit in the holes. I don't recall where, but I have seen some oem small caps like that.

  9. lewk
    Joined: Apr 8, 2011
    Posts: 826

    from Mt

    VW bugs and buses had that. Maybe you could even find one of the VW tools.
  10. I have always been able to pop the hub cap on my old bent spoke kelseys with a silver dollar I keep in my pocket that my granddad gave me when I was a kid.

    Works great. HRP
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  11. I use a small plastic ice scrapper. I think it was a firestone promo. Works great, just used it today. I will post a photo of it soon.
  12. 28TUDOR
    Joined: Jan 25, 2007
    Posts: 419


    Slide hammer with a hook attachment will pop it right off.
  13. I've been lucky enough to pull them off with my fingers but it's a grunt
  14. I use a composite wedge-shaped tool made for installing windshields with rubber over the pinch pretty good. I've also used a nice clean putty knife and go slow...have to tap it in and slowly pry out on it..
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  15. Ron Brown
    Joined: Jul 6, 2015
    Posts: 1,630

    Ron Brown

    thanks for the suggestions...used one of my wife's plastic spatulas...Ha. nary a scratch and she hasn't missed far

    life is good. Ron
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  16. ........................Just wait until you ask her to make pancakes again.:D
  17. Drive'em
    Joined: Jan 7, 2013
    Posts: 269


    Ok, this sounds stupid, but I use a popsicle stick. I take a utility knife and slice it thin on the flat side. I just push it under the cap till the cap raises up a bit, then I use the unsliced end, then my fingers. Works for me!
  18. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,665


  19. What Flavor?:rolleyes:
  20. 41 C28
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,772

    41 C28

    This is what I use, a VW hub cap puller. Requires two small holes in hub cap edge.

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  21. I just go really fast around a corner
  22. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 4,010


    That's funny...
  23. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 6,286

    big duece
    from kansas

    That's a good looking A sedan!
  24. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,298


    I use a plastic Bondo spreader at several places around the perimeter of the hubcap.
    The cap gradually raises up and pops off.

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