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Use the handbrake but as you want to service the brakes that might not be working option.
Have the brake pedal pressed either with a length of wood jammed between the steering wheel/seat front or use a length of person to press the pedal.
If its getting desperate and either of those options don't work you could lock it up at the universal joint on the axle you are working on.

Adrian

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An impact gun, if you have one, gets them started which is the difficult part.  I have a recollection when restoring my GT6 that you can slide the wheel on back to front on the adapter, chock so it does not revolve and there is just enough room to  get at the nuts.

Dick

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And did you know that that spline size goes way back.
I had a set of 2nd hand wires for my Vitesse and the spline was the same as on my parents Lagonda Rapier from the 1930s.
I sold the wires as they were going to be more trouble than good.
Same with the spinners, if you want to confuse the great unwashed you can put a set from a Jaguar on your car. And if you are still working on your car and don't want to get the spinners damaged you can pick up a set of roughies from other brands for the duration.

Adrian

 

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41 minutes ago, Pete Lewis said:

that explains why you can get a spanner on them ,  the small chassis range are notoriously difficult nasty things where you can get 1/2 a flat if youre lucky and no hope of a socket 

Pete

Exactly.

The 4" PCD of the TR also gives more space for a spanner. Small chassis PCD is 3.75". I can't even get a slim box spanner on the Spitfire's wire wheel adaptor nuts.

Nigel

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I agree, the splined adaptor is a dreadful piece of design. I eventually gave up trying to keep them tightened up with ring spanner and I used an angle grinder to cut a slight relief on the adaptor so that there is now enough clearance to get a thin walled socket on the nuts. It only needed 1 or 2mm of metal ground away and I figured that it would not compromise the strength of the part to any significant degree. 30 years and 160,000 miles later they have neither worked loose nor broken off.

Adrian

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  • 1 month later...

I have gone down the steel wheel route and 3 of my 4 wire wheel adapters are now on the work bench. The fourth one however is still attached to the car! I can not get the nuts off! Any suggestions before I get the angle grinder out? 

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