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    Tool for tightening/loosening knobs on dash

    Hi,
    does anyone know where I can get the tool needed to loosen/tighten the washers that hold the dash pulls on a 59 Lark? Headlamps, windshield wipers, heater, etc. They may be available at car parts stores, but I dont know what to call them to look them up. It looks like it needs to have 2 prongs that fit into 2 holes in the custom nut that holds them in place.

    Hopefully that makes sense.

    Thanks

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    Check the size of your Chrome Nut on your switch, Studebakers use 2 different ones, one small one for Toggle Switches on Hawks and one for all the rest.

    This one says 3/4 Inch.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/15325847965...m=153258479659
    StudeRich
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    Find a cheap 1/4" or 3/8" drive deep socket of a size that just clears the threaded barrel of the switch, and make cuts with a hacksaw and file until it resembles the tool shown in Rich's link. I say cheap socket because they are softer metal, and easier to saw, and you are not out much money if you make a mistake. Don't make the projecting pins any longer than they need to be to just reach the bottom of the slot in the spanner nut; you want full engagement with the nut, because they are often very tight after years of being on there. Make the pins too long, and they will shear off for sure.

    You could also use a bench grinder to rough the tool out, and then finish with a file.
    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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    studebakerparts.com has new ones for sale

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    I just measured the nuts on my 61 Champ and they are no wider than 5/8. The 3/4 on ebay would not work.

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    Snap on and mac have them.

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