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Are These DB Tools?

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:40 am
by txtractorguy
While cleaning up the shop recently, I came across these. The one on the far left looks very much like item #7 from the DB885 parts list, but the only marking on it is *TR-3A*. Anyone able to help identify? Thanks in advance.

Re: Are These DB Tools?

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:15 am
by Scooby
No one is answering you so I will tell you that the one on the left in your photo. is part of the DB wheel spanner set which came as part of the tool set when you bought a new DB. No. 8 in the diagram is the other half of the set and is what we call a Tommy bar. The spanner has a socket at both ends, one end fits the nuts on the front wheels of a 2wd, the other end fits the rear wheel nuts and you used No. 8 to turn the spanner. I don't know what the other two items are but one is obviously a Tommy bar with a socket on the end and the one in the middle of your photo. looks to have a socket at one end and a ring at the other end for a Tommy bar. Hope that helps.

Re: Are These DB Tools?

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:26 am
by manxmac
could the T shaped tool be the bonnet catch release tool for the DB 1210 bonnet catches

Re: Are These DB Tools?

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:28 pm
by txtractorguy
Thanks Scooby for the reply. I'm amazed what I find down on the farm at times. Just last week I found an original DB fender turn signal. Our 885 hasn't had the fender turn signals/lights on it since probably 1985, or before. My dad must have taken it off 33+ years ago and set it aside. I also found an original Lucas ignition switch, but I'm assuming it doesn't work since it was in a cabinet. Again, my dad must have taken it off decades ago and just saved it. My dad didn't throw anything away. It's just crazy some of the stuff I find.

Re: Are These DB Tools?

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:59 pm
by Scooby
manxmac wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:26 am
could the T shaped tool be the bonnet catch release tool for the DB 1210 bonnet catches
Yes, that's what it was for.

Re: Are These DB Tools?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:37 am
by cobbadog
The 'Tommy' bar is an easy replacement. buy a length of bright steel the correct diameter to suit the holes in the wheel brace and it is complete.

Re: Are These DB Tools?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:18 am
by SteveCollett
We obviously have no idea of the scale of the tools in the photo. The original double ended spanner was about 18" but the one thing I worry about it does appear in the photo that the hole is hexagonal, when all those I have seen were round. However possibly earlier ones were hexagonal

Re: Are These DB Tools?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:20 am
by Scooby
cobbadog wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:37 am
The 'Tommy' bar is an easy replacement. buy a length of bright steel the correct diameter to suit the holes in the wheel brace and it is complete.
I just wonder if it's as easy as that cobbadog ? I am no expert on types of steel but sometimes I have needed to resort to putting a length of tubing on the Tommy bar for a bit more "persuasion" and I've never bent one yet. Could it have been a high carbon steel or something like that ?

Re: Are These DB Tools?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:53 pm
by txtractorguy
Indeed, the two openings on the double spanner on the far left are hexagons. The shaft of the tool on the far right has a hexagon cross section and fits into the openings of the double spanner so I had assumed they went together. I'll try to get a measurement on these at some point, but from what I recall, the double spanner is around 18 inches in length. These three tools were scattered in different places down on the farm when I found them.

Re: Are These DB Tools?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:09 pm
by Scooby
Changed my opinion. I hadn't been able to see the hexagons in the spanner on the left but when I downloaded your photo. and blew it up I can see that the holes are indeed hexagonal in shape as you mentioned. The DB wheel spanners that I have known all had round holes, as shown in the diagram that is shown below the photo. Unless they are from an earlier era I don't think any of those spanners were ever part of the DB tool kit but I stand to be corrected.

Re: Are These DB Tools?

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:57 am
by cobbadog
We have always used bright steel for wheel braces and all kinds of jacks for lifting railway tracks, forklifts and 4wd vehicles with no indication of bending even with a lump of pipe on it for that extra help.