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Old 04-05-2005, 07:25 AM
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Clip tool's "How To" info please.

I know they confuse me at times and beings that I don't do repair work daily I have a hard time trying to remember how some of these are supposed to be used.
None come with instructions a few with even a picture.
Some have arrow shaped ends,some are just a pick looking end,forks,slots...
I'm SO confused someday's.
I was hoping that our Pro's on here could give us some instructions on how & which tools to properly remove different windshield trims,door & panel trim,body,ect.

Thanks Mike,

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Old 04-06-2005, 07:59 AM
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Oh well, Back to using a screwdriver.

I'm going to start removing the trim on my 'BEE and it's in good shape and I would like to keep it that way.
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Oh well, Back to using a screwdriver.

I'm going to start removing the trim on my 'BEE and it's in good shape and I would like to keep it that way.
Sorry you didn't get any answers. Guess all the guys here use the screwdriver technique too! That's all I have ever used. Oh, and if you have a 50s car, watch for small threaded studs on the trim and nuts on the inside of the panels for some trim. That's when things were assembled with an eye on quality which isn't common today.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:17 AM
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Yeah, Guess I kinda proved my point huh?
I've used the 'driver plenty and it will work but there is a reason why these tool are made and if you've ever tried to straighten a piece that was unprofessionally removed and was a nice one to start with you know what I mean. My trim is perfect outside of just needing cleaned up and I DON'T want to screw it up by prying around on it.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:28 AM
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I know your dilema, but I think it all comes down to patience and not using too much force if something doesn't want to move. I managed to remove all the interior and exterior trim from my '54 Bel Air with a couple screwdrivers of different sizes with no casualties.

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Old 04-06-2005, 08:30 AM
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Most "trim" as in chrome on a car (any car) of that vintage is going to have screws, studs, to attach it. These tools are usually used or INTERIOR trim like door panels where it is releasing a "christmas tree" style push in retainer.

I use those tools eveyday, 99.9 percent on interior trim.

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Old 04-06-2005, 08:37 AM
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Brian, you are quite right, I generalized too much perhaps writing without thinking first. Most if not all of the stainless steel and chrome exterior trim on my Bel Air is held in with studs and bolted from the inside. You are right, now that I remember it was more the interior panels and so forth that used the retainers you speak of, these are the ones I managed to disassemble with screwdrivers without damage.

Hmm, guess it's a good idea to be as accurate and specific as possible when posting, especially tech info.

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I almost never use a screwdriver for prying trim. My choice is a 1 inch wide gasket scraper. The wide blade reduces the chances of putting dents in the edge of the trim and the sharp edge slips under stuff pretty easily.
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I almost never use a screwdriver for prying trim. My choice is a 1 inch wide gasket scraper. The wide blade reduces the chances of putting dents in the edge of the trim and the sharp edge slips under stuff pretty easily.
Thats a very good idea Hadn't thought of that!

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