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ID this tire iron/screwdriver??
#779309 07/21/19 7:01 pm
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I'm wondering if this iron has any value other than as a well made tool (collector value). It's an ordinary tire iron, motorcycle size, but the other end seems to be a screwdriver. About 7-1/4" long.
Does anyone recognize this from a tool kit? And of course, what machine did it come with?
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Re: ID this tire iron/screwdriver??
Al Eckstadt #779384 07/22/19 3:09 pm
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Interesting! I have a similar item as I'm sure you have seen. The Dunlop stamped tire Iron / Tommy Bar that came in the tool kit. Your's with the reduced Dia. and flat blade does look factory made. Certainly useful !


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Re: ID this tire iron/screwdriver??
Al Eckstadt #779472 07/23/19 11:08 am
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KC, I just went to The Vintage Tool Company's website and found that this is likely a Triumph tool kit item that has been shoved into a grinder to make a screwdriver tip. I had no idea that it was a Triumph item since I have never had or even seen a complete tool kit in person, only the drawings in manuals and the small pics on Vintage's site. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
http://www.thevintagetoolco.com/
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Al Eckstadt #779494 07/23/19 3:43 pm
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Not sure is the same one, but listed in the 1967 Triumph Parts Cat #5

D363: Tyre lever and screwdriver
to go with
D364: Tyre lever and clutch key
Never have seen them in the flesh


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Re: ID this tire iron/screwdriver??
Al Eckstadt #779503 07/23/19 4:59 pm
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Its called a Tommy Bar, any straight rod used to tighten a nut with a through hole or a box spanner is called a Tommy Bar in the UK.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tommy_bar

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Al Eckstadt #779557 07/24/19 2:44 am
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Kommando, We would call it a Tommy bar also but the use is limited to inexpensive toolkits, so we kind of forget what the heck these old tools are called. Thanks skidog - so the screwdriver part is likely correct!


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Al Eckstadt #779680 07/25/19 1:17 pm
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Al, That answers a question I have had. I had the spark plug tool in a partial kit, but the Tommy bar would not fit the hole. I thought that was pretty dumb. Now I see there is/was a correct combination. The reason for the reduced Dia on your bar. I guess the thinking is to keep it located and not slide in too far etc. So much on these old bikes gets mixed and matched, it's not surprising the tool kits would also!
On the A65, the Tommy Bar fits the RR axle, and you might be stepping on it to get the axle loose. The reduced Dia. Stop may be a good idea, or may make it a bit weaker in that process. It's Triumph.

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Re: ID this tire iron/screwdriver??
Al Eckstadt #783203 09/01/19 5:35 am
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I'll be darned,
Been away for awhile, come back to find good info, as well as info I can add to;

D363: Tyre lever and screwdriver
to go with
D364: Tyre lever and clutch key

I can't say how long that I've had my pair, but I never knew they were turnip, or whatever. I do have both. What else was supposed to be in this "kit"?

What I can add to this info; the tool with the clutch key, in my pair, the spoon end is more "hooked" than the one with the screwdriver end, maybe twice the degree? It has been helpful at times.

What idea I could have told the manufacturer for the betterment of the tool; the flat blade screwdriver end should have been turn 90 degrees! When wrestling with an old hard tire, that danged side of the tip of the blade sure does BITE into one's hand! OUCH!!!


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