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Old 07-06-2009, 02:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Looking for trick to install firewall pad pins

Everybody,

I'm looking for some type of "trick" (or "special tool") to install the retaining pins into the firewall pad on my '69.

I've worn myself out trying to get those swarmy devils in, but alas, they will not stay.

Help!

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Old 07-06-2009, 09:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Looking for trick to install firewall pad pins

You're supposed to push them through with something like a 1/4" socket extension, but I always rip them trying that way.
What I had success with was getting them started through, then going to the firewall side and pulling them with a pair of pliers (as much surface area on the "nipple" as you can get.) The pulling stretches and thins them so they go through easier. I've also heard to coat them with baby powder or vasoline, never had to do either as the pull trick works quite well (at least for me.)

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You're supposed to push them through with something like a 1/4" socket extension, but I always rip them trying that way.
What I had success with was getting them started through, then going to the firewall side and pulling them with a pair of pliers (as much surface area on the "nipple" as you can get.) The pulling stretches and thins them so they go through easier. I've also heard to coat them with baby powder or vasoline, never had to do either as the pull trick works quite well (at least for me.)

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Carl,

I was using a 1/4-inch extension and wrench. I lubed up the rubber tip with liquid soap but no amount of pushing would get the darned thing through the hole. I called a friend to come over and help. I pushed and he pulled with a pair of pliers. Bingo-bango and it was done! Took less then a minute!
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For me, pushing bunched up the sidewalls, causing the problem. Pulling did away with it, like you said, bingo bango done.

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