Towing a car with wire wheels

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Towing a car with wire wheels

Post by roymck » Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:40 am

Had a phone call last night , a friend had his wire wheeled MGB recovered after a gearbox fault . They picked it from the rear end on a spectical lift and towed it backwards . About 50 Miles later a front wheel fell off . The rotation of the wire wheel loosened the spinner and hence the wheel loss. He,s not happy and the recovery company deny responsibility .
Never tow a wire wheeled car backwards !

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Post by Nick » Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:06 am

Applies to any car with knock on wheels, eg lotus elan


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Post by *JP* » Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:02 am

Tricky one that about responsibility.
Knock on wheels are such a rareity now so could the tow company be expected to know all about them?
Or would it be covered anyway by their insurance as a general mishap?

If the owner knew they were going to tow the vehicle in the wrong direction then perhaps the outcome rests with him.

( I've had three cars with knock ons and a forth with dummy knock ons and it never felt right hitting chrome parts with a hammer!)

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Post by TrevorG » Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:45 pm

Most of the wire wheeled cars that I have owned had a copper headed hammer to tighten the spinners. I winced even at that, especially on borranis, so always used a poly-headed hammer until a mate showed me a spinner wrench which was basically a long tool with three rubber slung prongs on the end which slid over the spinners and allowed you to just use arm pressure on either direction. I wonder if they are still available?

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Post by halfpenny » Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:47 pm

Spinner wrenches for use with a breaker bar are available from Four Ashes Garage at Stratford on Avon. Or use a wooden spinner spanner and a mallet

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Towing a car with wire wheels

Post by scimmy ben » Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:01 am

Left handed threads on the hubs of twin wheel transits create similar confusion...

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