Wing Nut Remover/Installer Mod

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Wing Nut Remover/Installer Mod

Post by mraitch » Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:18 pm

As MANY of us (especially Lorna C. - G) have experienced, getting to those pesky wingnuts behind the gauges can be a PITA. (whether the dash is in OR out of the car)

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This 'tip' involves cutting a groove in a bolt of suitable length that will allow the wingnut 'wings' to be captured in the groove.
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Additionally, you have to use a drill bit, smaller than the diameter of the nut to drill a small hole so that the 'crown' of the nut will fit into it. #2
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Wing nut 'embraced' by bolt
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Re: Wing Nut Remover/Installer Mod

Post by greydog » Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:29 pm

Very clever Peter.
Now, if you'd just invent an arm with 3 elpows and u limited wrist rotation I could get in there to reach the darn things.
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Re: Wing Nut Remover/Installer Mod

Post by fj20spl311 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:26 pm

interesting, I think a tube would be less work.....cut the slots and a hole for a cross shaft and your done.
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Re: Wing Nut Remover/Installer Mod

Post by mraitch » Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:53 am

Tube certainly MIGHT, if one had a tube with id of 1/2 inch lying around - this one didn't.

Plus one could use a socket on this - if one were so inclined, one was.
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