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  • Jerry Forrester
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    quote: Anyone know what this type of nut is called ?
    I do, I do.
    They are called GT Hawk Switch Nuts.[}][}][}]
    Just couldn't help myself.[]

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  • StudHawk60
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    Don't ya know, that in South Bend, in a shed or barn someplace, there sits a dusty box just full of the sockets used to install these special nuts.

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  • starlightchamp
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    Thank you all, I was wishing for an easier solution than making the tool but
    that's where its at. The electrical conduit sounds like the place to start since
    I will have to hacksaw and grind the ends to form the tabs. I was going to use steel
    water pipe but that is too thick wall. Anyone know what this type of nut is called ?
    Thanks again.
    ...Dick Curtis

    1950 Champion Starlight
    1963 Hawk GT
    Santa Barbara
    CA

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  • mapman
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    I have used nut drivers filed to form the prongs, and air chuck filed to prongs(wrench fits), and tubing filed to prongs, an old wrench filed to prongs. I have nearly a whole set now. Make sure the center hole is big enough and long enough. It just takes a few minutes to make and no more scratches.
    Rob

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  • parky
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    Electrical rigid conduit works really well. It is thin walled and can easily be filed down to provide the two tabs you need. When you get the piece filed down so the tabs are protruding, the piece can be persuaded (with a hammer) to obtain the proper distance between the tabs.

    Parky

    62 GT Hawk

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  • GTtim
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    Maybe one of those needle nose pliers that have the jaws bent almost ninety degrees?

    Tim K.
    '64 R2 GT Hawk

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  • Dick Steinkamp
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    I used a tool used to install fender mounted radio antennas. There are a couple of different sizes and one was just right.


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  • JDP
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    There is a special tool, I have one that a friend made for me. It has two little tabs that fit in the slots. Eastwood tools sells one, but it's not really the right size.

    JDP/Maryland
    63 R2 SuperHawk (Caesar)
    spent to date $54,758.75
    64 R2 GT (Sid)
    spent to date $62,439.30
    63 Lark 2 door
    52 Starliner
    51 Commander
    39 Coupe express
    39 Coupe express (rod)

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  • 41 Frank
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    I made my own tool to remove the switches out of a piece of pipe by grinding down the end to leave two raised areas opposite each other that fit in the notches of the switches and than welded a piece of rod on top for a t-handle.

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  • starlightchamp
    started a topic How do you remove HAWK GT dash switches ?

    How do you remove HAWK GT dash switches ?

    Seems it should be simple but I already have scratch marks from trying to loosen the
    durn nuts. The are circular with two small notches opposit one another. I tried using needle nose pliers but the switch shank won't let me get them at the right angle. Also tried small
    visegrips but not enough nut edge. Is this a special tool need? Also tried tapping the indent slot with a small scewdriver. Suggestions please.
    ...Dick

    1950 Champion Starlight
    1963 Hawk GT
    Santa Barbara
    CA

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