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Old 07-11-2013, 07:29 PM
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Impala convertible cylinder pivot bolts????

hello all i was out working on my 1966 impala convertible,im replacing the whole system motor,hoses and cylinders but having a problem taking the cylinders off? can anyone tell me what size are the cylinder pivot bolts??? theres 2 bolts per cylinder holding into place,i got the outer pivot bolt out but the inner bolt is so close to the body its hard to tell what size it is,i would hate to strip the bolt in that tight space so im on here to see if any 1 knows what side that pivot bolt is and are they the same size????

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honestly bring your sockets & wrenches with you and check for best fit, do you have beer i will come help you. holding hand extra.
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UPDATE- i just did i had did what u said,had a tool that seemed like it fitted perfect but like i said the space inbetween the bolt and body is like 2 inches and i kind of stripped the bolt so i stopped
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ok you kind of striped it so get a vise grip tight on it and take it out. then look here for a new one.
Convertible Top Pivot Bolt Set, 1968-72 for 1972 El Camino @ OPGI.com


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I cant even get my vice grips in that space
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Im still having trouble
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:06 PM
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Post some photos, this isn't making sense.

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ok i have to ask is the top down. if it is put it up and then try it. X2 on some pictures.
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The top is up idk because i stripped it just a tad but i tryed every tool i got,i would of grinded the bolt off but dont have no room to do this, will get pictures up tomarrow,thanks
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try this a small pair of needle nose vise grips, if you do not have them you know what to do. this really should not be as hard as you are making it. unless you are like 6' 5" and like 350 pounds!!

Also did you soak the nut and bolt with WD40 or /blaster or and thing to loosen to rust??????
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I can tell you now needle nose aint going to work,i soaked the bolt in wd40 ,im 5`10 220 so i doubut that a factor, its just the space is smal to work in, the outter bolt is ok like i said becaise you got plenty of room to work but the inner bolt is so close to the quarter panel and limited hand movement
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You only have to hold the one in the rear right? It isn't like you have to turn it, you turn the other end. I'm sorry I am not getting this at all. I just last year installed the ones in my car and there wasn't a big deal and these GM convertible tops are almost exactly the same at that time.

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I think it's even something like this without a nut on the back at all??

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yes sir Martinsr just like the link i showed him in post #4. 2 weeks ago.
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