It may require that you spend some money but I used a set of Bicycle Tire Tools just like these to gently pry off the hubcaps without scratching the paint or more importantly scratching the hubcaps. It helped to file the leading edge just a little thinner so it would slide under the cap. If you can rotate the hubcap on the wheel you will most likely find a 'sweet spot' that allows the tool to slide under the cap. That same 'sweet spot' will help make it easier to re-install the cap.Can anyone tell me how to remove these small hubcaps without scarring the painted wheels?
Mark:I used a set of Bicycle Tire Tools just like these to gently pry off the hubcaps without scratching the paint or more importantly scratching the hubcaps.
I hear you! On the Two-Liter the hub caps could be spun or turned on the 'hub cap keeper studs' and there was always a 'sweet spot' where the hub caps had been pre-formed (bent) and they would pop off or go on easier. I suspect it was the same way on the Duetto but since 1986 it has worn 'Millie Miglia' wheels. The hub cap problem was 'fixed' on the Two-liter in about 2004 with a set of refinished period Borrani wire wheels, splined hubs and knock-off nuts; just in time for the TN national convention.Getting them ON isn't the problem. It's getting the *&^%$#@ things OFF !
Early 105 wheels came with clips - in fact, there is a set of them for sale currently on the BB. See the thread at: http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/alfa-romeo-parts-sale-wanted/445209-fergat-15-inch-rim-dated-4-65-has-hub-cap-clips.htmlI Here's the picture:no clips--just nubs
Yes, those do look better. The photo I posted shows the inset in the wheel where the knife-edge hubcap nestles, giving a smooth curve between the cap and wheel. Clearly the "hump style" wheels and caps were a cost-saving measure, and like most cost savings measures, aesthetics suffered.While I prefer the earlier knife-edged hubcaps held on by clips, ....