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Scott
04-25-2006, 10:11 AM
I've been wondering for a loooong time where anyone gets the tool needed to take off (and put on) the toggle switch mounting rings on hawks. I've tried gingerly doing it with a screwdriver before, but it only takes one slip to scar up the dash. Why is nobody offering these handy items for sale?

bige
04-25-2006, 10:24 AM
I assume the ring is one that has two slots on either side of the hole? If so, I use snap ring pliers, carefully, one hand keeping them in the slots and the other turning the pliers.

Ernie R2 R5388

R2 R5388

gordr
04-25-2006, 10:26 AM
quote:Originally posted by Scott

I've been wondering for a loooong time where anyone gets the tool needed to take off (and put on) the toggle switch mounting rings on hawks. I've tried gingerly doing it with a screwdriver before, but it only takes one slip to scar up the dash. Why is nobody offering these handy items for sale?


Make your own, Scott. Buy an el-cheapo deep socket with a diameter that matches the threaded bushing on the switch. Cut away most of the open end, leaving behind two pins to engage the slots on the spanner nut. A Dremel tool with cutoff wheel mounted is good for this, but you could do equally well with a bench grinder and a file.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

Scott
04-25-2006, 10:27 AM
Snap ring pliers? I'm not sure I've seen one. That's not what was used at the factory, was it?

klifton1
04-25-2006, 10:49 AM
I made one out of round stock for my Lark or Speedster, You can use it, but you have to come to St Cloud to get it.
Klif

Scott
04-25-2006, 11:05 AM
You guys are just too handy. I never thought of making one. Well, not seriously anyway. I'm one of those guys that finds making a pinewood derby car a challenge.

55Commander
04-25-2006, 11:45 AM
I made my own too, out of a piece of black pipe I had laying around.
TZ

Scott
04-25-2006, 01:23 PM
I bet there's a market for something ready-made. While you're at it, can someone PLEASE make a steering wheel puller like the one shown in the manuals. The ones that are sold by the usual Studebaker parts houses are EL CRAPPO!

Skip Lackie
04-25-2006, 02:06 PM
quote:Originally posted by Scott

I've been wondering for a loooong time where anyone gets the tool needed to take off (and put on) the toggle switch mounting rings on hawks. I've tried gingerly doing it with a screwdriver before, but it only takes one slip to scar up the dash. Why is nobody offering these handy items for sale?


Dunno if they're still available, but Kent-Moore used to make one -- "Adjustable Bezel and Ferrule Nut Wrench" -- J21932

I've had one for years, and it has come in very handy, especially in locations like junkyards. It was not just for Studes -- many makes used similar nuts to mount things in visible locations.

Skip Lackie

Roscomacaw
04-25-2006, 02:18 PM
I've got several different sizes of these that I bought thru Snap-On tools about 30 years ago. They work pretty nice when I bother to use them[}:)]
I've got a pair of cheapie needle-nosed pliers that have had the tips ground down to where they'll fit as well. [:I]

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

Scott
04-25-2006, 02:48 PM
Thanks, Skip and everyone else. I'll look for something ready made, but at least now I'll have ideas how to make one. I still don't know why SASCO and others aren't selling these things. I bet one C/K owner in 10 has something correct for the job.

Scott
04-25-2006, 02:54 PM
I checked with Kent-Moore. The tool was discontinued in the 1980s. :(

Dwain G.
04-25-2006, 03:43 PM
There are some places that still have these. Sometimes called a bezel or escutcheon wrench. Go here and then click on service tools and scroll down to dash nut spanner:
http://www.britishtool.com/servtool.htm
You could always intercept a Snap-On or a Cornwell truck and see if they still have them.

Dwain G.

Scott
04-25-2006, 04:16 PM
That looks like the right tool, Dwain! Now I just have to see if it is the right size.

jcarmichael
04-25-2006, 05:09 PM
I think the reason the tools are not available everywhere is because they are so easy to make. I used a pipe nipple of the right size and hit it with my 3 1/2" makita.

1961 Lark

chrysleritis
04-25-2006, 05:17 PM
In my working life, I sometimes need to mount optics. Spanner wrenches with little pins
and adjustable working diameters are a standard tool. Here are a few:

http://www.skgrimes.com/span/index.htm

http://www.newport.com/Opto-Mechanics//1033/144527/product.aspx

http://www.edmundoptics.com/onlinecatalog/DisplayProduct.cfm?productid=1457

http://www.thorlabs.com/NewGroupPage9.cfm?Category_ID=33&ObjectGroup_ID=1430

Scott
04-25-2006, 05:59 PM
On the other hand, since there are so many applications for this kind of tool, you'd think you could buy them anywhere. You'd CERTAINLY think a few bright-eyed Studebaker vendors would sell them.

DilloCrafter
04-25-2006, 09:34 PM
Chuck Collins (http://www.studebakerparts.com) carries some special tools. Hopefully he will come across this thread (or someone can email the link to him) and he can come up with a good tool for us.

http://rocketdillo.com/studebaker/misc/images/Current_Avacar.gif[/img=left] - DilloCrafter


1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
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JDP
04-25-2006, 09:51 PM
My friend Lee made a double sided, fits both sizes job. I'll see if he'll make more.

Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
64 R2 4 speed Challenger
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
63 Avanti
54 3R Pickup

Scott
04-25-2006, 10:09 PM
Thanks, JDP. I'd probably pay $15-$20 for one. Of course, I'd rather get it for $10!

doctormap
05-02-2006, 02:11 PM
I came up against this same problem when trying to remove the headlight switch module from my dash. Couldn't find the right tool anywhere. Finally made one out of a short piece of 1/4" pipe from the hardware store ($1.75). One week later I saw the tool I needed in my Eastwood catalog, only they call it a "retaining nut tool", number 52063, and they want $16.99 for it. I think mine is better.

doctormap
'48 Champion 4-door