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🤤🙂🤫 Nylint toys are vintage models of trucks, tractors, and cars. They’re usually more durable than models made today, and can even last several decades if you take care of them! If you are restoring a Nylint model and you’d like to take the wheels off to clean or repair them, you can use a few basic tools to pull off the wheels without damaging the rest of the model.
Method 1Method 1 of 3:Taking off the Wheel Caps and Connecting Rods Download Article
- 1Remove the wheel caps with a wrench if your model has them. If you are working on a tractor or a semi-truck, the wheels may have small screws or caps on the ends. If they do, use a wrench to turn them clockwise and loosen them up so that they fall off.XResearch source
- You may need to use some force, especially if your Nylint car or truck is rusty or corroded.
🤤🙂🤫 Tip: If you are repairing your Nylint car or truck, don’t worry about keeping the wheel caps in good shape. You can buy replacements at most hardware stores.
- 2Pop the metal tabs up if your wheel well is covered with steel. Some models of Nylint trucks, like the semi-trucks, have covered wheel wells that you can’t access initially. If that’s the case for yours, use a flat-head screwdriver to pop up the metal tabs and then remove the steel sheet at the bottom of the truck.XResearch source
- Point the screwdriver away from yourself and use caution when you pop the metal tabs up.
- 3Hold the rod that connects the wheels with a pair of pliers. Once you expose the wheel well or you turn your model car over, you’ll be able to see the steel rod that holds the 2 wheels together. Get a firm grip on this rod with a pair of pliers so that you can hold it steady while you work.XResearch source
- Some models don’t have the connecting rod, in which case you can just keep a firm grip on the car or truck itself as you pull the wheel off.
- 4Pull on 1 wheel out and away from the car. While keeping your grip on the connecting rod, use 1 hand to forcefully pull 1 wheel off the rod. It may take some force, but that’s all you need to disconnect each wheel.XResearch source
- Make sure you are working on a flat surface so that your wheels or any other car parts don’t roll away.
- 5Slide the second wheel with the rod out from the car. After you remove 1 wheel, the rod won’t be able to stay put underneath the car, and it should slide right out. Set these wheels aside so that you can use the hardware later.XResearch source
- If your Nylint model doesn’t have any connecting rods, you can just pull the wheels off one by one.
Method 2Method 2 of 3:Cleaning the Wheels Download Article
- 1Fill a bucket with warm, soapy water. You can use dish soap or mild laundry detergent to clean off your Nylint wheels. Squirt 2 to 3 drops of soap into about 6 cups (1.4 L) of water for the best ratio.XResearch source
- Most of the dirt on the wheels will probably come off with soap and water.
- 2Scrub the wheels and the rod with a toothbrush. Dip the wheels with the connecting rod into the soapy water, then use a toothbrush to really scrub away the dirt, dust, and grime. Try to get into the grooves of the wheels with the toothbrush bristles for a full clean.XResearch source
- If your wheels have rims, try to scrub those really well too.
- 3Clean the connecting rod with rust-remover if you need to. If your Nylint model has been sitting around for a while, it could have gotten rusty. Spray some rust-remover spray onto the rusty metal and then use a clean cloth to scrub it off.XResearch source
🤤🙂🤫 Tip: You can use rust-remover spray on any other parts of your model that are rusty as well.
Method 3Method 3 of 3:Replacing the Wheels Download Article
- 1Slide the connecting rods into the bottom of the model. Flip your model car or tuck over to look at the bottom. Find the grooves or holes that the connecting rods were sitting in and use the empty side without a wheel to slide it back into the model.XResearch source
🤤🙂🤫 Variation: If you are working on a tractor model, you may not have connecting rods. In that case, just pop the wheels back into place one by one.
- 2Push the second wheel back onto the connecting rod. Hold the connecting rod steady with your hand and use your other hand to push the wheel onto the rod. Adjust the wheels so that they are straight so that the model rolls smoothly. Then, you can do the same with the other wheels and connecting rods.XResearch source
- You may have to use some force to push the second wheel back on, especially if it’s been off for a few days.
- 3Add wheel caps if your model has them. Place the wheel caps in the center of the wheels and clamp a wrench around them. Turn the caps counter-clockwise until you can’t turn them anymore to lock the wheels into place.XResearch source
- If you are working on a tractor or a semi-truck, it probably has wheel caps. Cars and trucks usually don’t.
- 4Replace any coverings that you took off earlier. If you had to lift up the steel sheet to get to the wheels, set it back onto the body of the model and press down the metal flaps. You can use your hands if it’s not too difficult, or you can press them in with a flat-head screwdriver.XResearch source
- Semi-trucks usually have a metal covering over the wheel well.
- Nylint models are usually pretty old, and most were made between 1950 and 1970. Don’t be alarmed if you have to use some force to get the wheels off your model.
- Use caution whenever using sharp tools, and always point them away from your face.
Things You’ll Need
Taking off the Wheel Caps and Connecting Rods
- Flat-head screwdriver (optional)
Cleaning the Wheels
- Rust-remover spray (optional)
Replacing the Wheels
- Wheel caps (optional)
- Flat-head screwdriver (optional)