Gain extra benefits by becoming a Supporting Member Click here find out how!

Classic Performance Products Nu-Relics Power Windows
American Auto Wire Hellwig Products IncPerformance Rod & Custom
Danchuk Catalog



Username Post: Hubcap removal on 1959 impala        (Topic#367450)
draggin49 
Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 15
draggin49
Reg: 06-14-14
01-13-22 10:40 PM - Post#2834515    

So I bought a hubcap removal tool with the rubber hammer on backside . The caps on my 59 are so snug to the steel wheels the removal blade part you use to get under and pry the cap off won’t even fit in there. I’ve never had a vehicle with caps be this difficult to get popped off . One of my center caps came loose and it’s rattling around . Any tips or ideas of what to try since the tool won’t fit under the caps ? I guess I could try and file down the hubcap removal tool so the blade is almost like an axe blade on the end to try and fit in a tighter spot.




 


Mercedes 
Contributor
Posts: 851

Loc: Orlando Florida
Reg: 07-09-18
01-14-22 06:32 AM - Post#2834521    
    In response to draggin49

Myself I never had that tool for the same reasons that you are describing. With the hub caps being a pressed fit, you are undoubtedly going to have to pry on something to get the cap to move.

I used to wrap blue painter's tape on the end of a flat blade screwdriver to not mar the paint and that seemed to work. Added a cushion to the otherwise sharp end.




 
Shepherd 
Frequent Contributor
Posts: 2432

Loc: Lake George, NY
Reg: 11-11-15
01-14-22 08:36 AM - Post#2834526    
    In response to Mercedes

Same here



 
draggin49 
Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 15
draggin49
Reg: 06-14-14
01-14-22 09:54 AM - Post#2834532    
    In response to Shepherd

Thanks guys , I have tools at my other house . I will try and go by there and see if I got a nice flat blade screwdriver and I will try the painters tape. Thanks for the tip!
Haha I guess the hubcap tool will just be used for the rubber end to put them back on



 
japete92 
"8th Year" Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 1904
japete92
Loc: No. Virginia
Reg: 01-18-13
01-14-22 12:13 PM - Post#2834537    
    In response to draggin49

  • draggin49 Said:
Thanks guys , I have tools at my other house . I will try and go by there and see if I got a nice flat blade screwdriver and I will try the painters tape. Thanks for the tip!
Haha I guess the hubcap tool will just be used for the rubber end to put them back on



The screw driver should work. But, your 'mod' (filing your current tool) might actually be a slightly less risky option. The 'blade' is slightly wider and that might reduce the risk of damaging the wheel cover (think less 'psi').

Also, I could control the 'force' applied little better, and get a little more leverage with something like that (compared to a screw driver).

That would also reduce by one the number of tools you carry.

If I was going to carry a separate tool for the job, I'd likely choose something like this:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-12-in-Pry -Ba...


Simply options.

Pete



 
PLS 
"10th Year" Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 1655
PLS
Loc: Smyrna, Georgia
Reg: 06-07-12
01-15-22 12:08 PM - Post#2834585    
    In response to draggin49

This is the tool that I use to remove my wheel covers, similar to the one Pete mentioned.

You said hub caps so I don’t know how it would work on them.

Each time before I take the 60’ out I use a rubber mallet and go around and make sure each cover is snug because usually after an outing most of the time I notice a spot somewhere along the edge, the cover has crept out so slightly.

If I want to remove the cover, I will turn the wheel around to one of those spots and use the tool shown to remove the cover. I have a small piece of soft wood that I put behind it and after moving it a few times around the edge the cover pops off.

I don’t know if your are cap or covers so not sure that this would a solution for you or not.

I know that I have always call them hub caps and some have been corrected here CT for that, but I have also always called a circular saw, a Skill saw, an adjustable wrench, a Crescent wrench and etc.

Good luck with them. Lamar

Let us know what works, it may help other later.



Attachment: IMG_0756.JPG (623.21 KB) 0 View(s)




Lamar

My ’60 Chevy history video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuLdKs2Gp5k


 
64ss409 
Senior Member
Posts: 1002

Loc: Montana
Reg: 12-04-02
01-20-22 10:33 AM - Post#2834935    
    In response to PLS

I have had trouble getting the stock SS hubcaps off my 64. They dig into the wheel pretty hard. I use a tool similar to the one below with pretty good results.
Pry bar

1964 SS 409/340 4 spd, bought new Oct '63 from Ken Boggs Chevrolet, Geraldine, Montana
1962 SS convertible, 327/250 4 spd
1956 IH pickup, 327


 


Icon Legend Permissions Topic Options
Report Post

Quote Post

Quick Reply

Print Topic

Email Topic

412 Views
FusionBB
FusionBB™ Version 2.1
©2003-2006 InteractivePHP, Inc.
Execution time: 0.966 seconds.   Total Queries: 18   Zlib Compression is on.
All times are (GMT -0800) Pacific. Current time is 07:28 PM
Top