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Old 12-01-2012, 12:17 PM
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It's not a cutting tool. It's more of a prying tool.

This tool was made by GM around 1950, and spent it's first 20 years in a Chevrolet dealer body shop.

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Old 12-01-2012, 12:34 PM
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Is it for installing trunk lid springs?


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Old 12-01-2012, 12:46 PM
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Close but no.
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Close but no.
Trunk lid torsion rod installer/remover?
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:20 PM
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For tweeking or aligning the trunk or hood?

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Well, Brian, since you said both hood and spring, and this is such an obscure tool, you win.

If you combine your two answers, you would be dead on. This is a hood hinge spring installation tool for '49-54 Chevrolet cars.



Wish I had a '49-54 Chev around so I could hold this tool up to the hinge to show how it works.

The two top ends of the "T" are mirror images of each other - one end is used for the right hood hinge spring, and the other for the left. Each end of the "T" is tubular, and fits over one of the hood hinge bolt heads - this is the pivot point of the tool. While holding the "T" tip firmly in place, (with the hood propped open) you can easily install or remove the hood spring by hooking it with the short arm, and levering it with the long arm. This is a slick tool, it makes installing/removing these hood springs a safe and easy job.

Next question is yours, Brian.

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Old 12-01-2012, 11:06 PM
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Wild, we have talked about this at length in the body forum but never saw something so complicated to do it! LOL

I'll come up with something.

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Old 12-02-2012, 09:37 AM
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Ok, here is a killer, you are going to have to put on your eye glasses for this one.

There is a one very big difference between a 1959 and a 1960 Rambler America's body. It makes some sheet metal parts not interchange, and a few other bolt on parts not interchange. Google this one right off the bat you are going to need it. But only Google photos, have some fun looking.

It is VERY obvious and I didn't even notice it until I had owned mine for many months. I had some 1960 spare parts and didn't notice that they wouldn't have interchanged!

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Does body style make a diff? 2 door, 4 door, wagon?
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Brian that one wasn't hard at all! I'm seeing some minor differences in the front bumper assy.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:30 AM
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It doesn't make a difference what body style. No the bumpers are identical can't you see? Those are both 1959's or 58's of course.

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It looks like the rear window back glass wraps around a little ferther on the 1960 model.
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The rear 1/4's are different. The 1960 is less pronounced at the taillight profile.
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After much Googling, I think I found something:

Looks like there is a difference in the belt line.

A '59 has about a 3/4 inch belt line under the side windows...


But on a '60, that belt line is absent.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:18 AM
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You got it Joe! Isn't it wild it? It took me months of owning it before I noticed that the extra door I had was different being it was for a 60!

It's your floor!

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