O L D S M O B I L E letters barrel nuts?

Old February 25th, 2017, 01:44 PM
  #1  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
Question O L D S M O B I L E letters barrel nuts?

Hey guys,
I'm getting ready to touch up the paint and do a good polish on the '71 Supreme. I want it to be shiney this summer

I've read a couple threads about how to remove the OLDSMOBILE letters from the trunk lid but the links to new barrel nuts are all dead (and about ten years old). I've been searching but I'm not even sure they're called "barrel nuts". Anyone have a link handy? They are the tubular design; not what I would call speed-nuts.

I've also been reading about the best ways to remove hood and rear window trim but my rear window trim is sealed to the vinyl top. Would I be opening a can of stinky worms if I try to remove that trim? There's a tiny bit of rust starting under than trim (yeah, I know, there's probably more but I'm not taking off the vinyl until next winter).

As always, thanks.
Macadoo is offline  
Old February 25th, 2017, 01:58 PM
  #2  
Moderator
 
oldcutlass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Poteau, Ok
Posts: 31,739
They should just unscrew with a 1/4 drive socket (3/8ths I think). They are reusable, just replace the putty inside them.
oldcutlass is offline  
Old February 25th, 2017, 02:12 PM
  #3  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
Eric, these are 1/8th inch diameter at best with no hex to them that I can see. I'll try to get a pic later.
Macadoo is offline  
Old February 25th, 2017, 04:11 PM
  #4  
Old(s) Fart
 
joe_padavano's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 31,646
Au-Ve-Co calls them "tubular nuts". They are really snap-in friction fasteners. Here's the page from the Au-Ve-Co catalog.
joe_padavano is offline  
Old February 25th, 2017, 06:11 PM
  #5  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
Thanks for the link Joe. I'd actually seen that before but couldn't find it this time. I guess I'll need to just pull one of the letters and do some measuring.
Here's a pic. It's those little green jobs. sort of look like drywall anchors.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
20170225_162542.jpg (2.39 MB, 72 views)
Macadoo is offline  
Old February 25th, 2017, 09:13 PM
  #6  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
Macadoo is offline  
Old February 25th, 2017, 09:17 PM
  #7  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
Or maybe these....

https://www.opgi.com/cutlass/100730/

Again, I'll have to measure.
Macadoo is offline  
Old February 26th, 2017, 04:18 AM
  #8  
Registered User
 
btrbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 171
Let us know which ones fit... I will need some as well!
btrbill is offline  
Old February 26th, 2017, 05:36 AM
  #9  
Moderator
 
oldcutlass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Poteau, Ok
Posts: 31,739
Did not know later models used pushin fasteners, sorry for steering you wrong.
oldcutlass is offline  
Old February 26th, 2017, 05:48 AM
  #10  
Old(s) Fart
 
joe_padavano's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 31,646
Originally Posted by Macadoo View Post
It's those little green jobs. sort of look like drywall anchors.
The green is just an anti-rust coating. The clips are metal.
joe_padavano is offline  
Old February 26th, 2017, 08:11 AM
  #11  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
Originally Posted by btrbill View Post
Let us know which ones fit... I will need some as well!
Will do.

Originally Posted by oldcutlass View Post
Did not know later models used pushin fasteners, sorry for steering you wrong.
No worries, Eric. Input is always welcome.

Originally Posted by joe_padavano View Post
The green is just an anti-rust coating. The clips are metal.
Good to know, Joe. They do look kind of plastic in the pic.

I'll post an update when I verify which ones fit.
Macadoo is offline  
Old February 26th, 2017, 09:28 AM
  #12  
Registered User
 
oldspackrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 4,815
I have seen tubular nuts & the regular speed nuts used on these trunk letters. Doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason that I can tell.
oldspackrat is offline  
Old February 26th, 2017, 10:56 AM
  #13  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
Whichever is within arm's reach? That's how I work, at least

Acually, neither of the above links seem to be correct. 3/32" is too small and 3/16" is way too big. As I estimated, my posts measure 1/8th. But they're not a solid post; it's split with some sort of green glue inside. See pic.
The search continues.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
20170226_123820.jpg (3.39 MB, 52 views)
Macadoo is offline  
Old February 26th, 2017, 11:10 AM
  #14  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
Looks like the best bet here are the Auveco's. Anyone know the thickness of the sheet-metal of the deck lid?
My choices are .038-.044, .030-.036, .025-.035"

The .030-.036" picture looks to be the most similarly shaped tubular nuts with a retainer than compresses when tapped in rather than snapping back.
Macadoo is offline  
Old February 26th, 2017, 11:18 AM
  #15  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
Okay, I'm going with the Auveco 2611. My holes measure a tiny bit more than 5/32" but near 3/16" and since they don't have any nuts that measure 64ths, these must be it.
I'll post back when I know for sure.
Macadoo is offline  
Old February 26th, 2017, 11:31 AM
  #16  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
Last post (maybe):
The Dixied website wanted $10.72 for a box of 100. Fine. But they wanted $24 shipping? Not, I think, today.

This place wants $7.95 shipping, same price for a box of 100

https://autofastenersandclips.com/pr...36-panel-range

btrBill; if these fit, PM me your mailing address and I'll toss what you need in a small envelope.

Last edited by Macadoo; February 26th, 2017 at 11:33 AM.
Macadoo is offline  
Old March 1st, 2017, 08:07 AM
  #17  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
The tubular nuts (in the link above) seem to work just fine. A small hammer and piece of pine works to tap them back in.
Macadoo is offline  
Old March 2nd, 2017, 03:18 PM
  #18  
Registered User
 
btrbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 171
Thanks!


I will let you know when they come in!
btrbill is offline  
Old March 2nd, 2017, 04:39 PM
  #19  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
Glad to do it. I hope they work for you

Last edited by Macadoo; March 3rd, 2017 at 05:36 AM.
Macadoo is offline  
Old March 2nd, 2017, 08:44 PM
  #20  
Registered User
 
oldstata's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: utah
Posts: 3,205
Nice Mac, I should have thought about these for my trim. I wouldn't have to remove my fender to installl that v8 badge I been wanting to
oldstata is offline  
Old March 3rd, 2017, 05:39 AM
  #21  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
Justin! How you doing, brother?
Let me know if you need a few to test. I still have extras.
Macadoo is offline  
Old March 5th, 2017, 08:27 AM
  #22  
Registered User
 
oldstata's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: utah
Posts: 3,205
Doing well Mac! Getting ready to figure out my drive train this spring I missed driving the old girl last summer.

How did your rearenf gear swap go ?
oldstata is offline  
Old March 6th, 2017, 05:55 PM
  #23  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
Gear swap went well. I did everything but the actual shimming. I chickened out and took it to a pro, lol. It seems a little sluggish under 2500 RPM but that's when the torque converter kicks in.
Did you finally pick an engine from all those 455s you have hangin' around?
Macadoo is offline  
Old March 6th, 2017, 06:28 PM
  #24  
Registered User
 
oldstata's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: utah
Posts: 3,205
Originally Posted by Macadoo View Post
Gear swap went well. I did everything but the actual shimming. I chickened out and took it to a pro, lol. It seems a little sluggish under 2500 RPM but that's when the torque converter kicks in.
Did you finally pick an engine from all those 455s you have hangin' around?

lol yes, yes I am going with the said running 1969 high compression 455 with c heads for now. I am going to pull intake as long as everything looks good I am going to stab it in . I got it from a mechanic shop that said he personally pulled it and I have no reason to think he would lie to me, as he had many to chose from lol

I am still planning on building my core block up but thinking of a drag car in my near future.

Last edited by oldstata; March 6th, 2017 at 06:45 PM.
oldstata is offline  
Old March 8th, 2017, 02:15 PM
  #25  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Macadoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 3,488
A 69? Dang dude, that's red gold! Get some video uploaded when you get that thing in, will ya'?
Macadoo is offline  
Old March 12th, 2017, 05:54 PM
  #26  
Registered User
 
oldstata's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: utah
Posts: 3,205
Pm'ed Mac
oldstata is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
63 F85 Cutlass
Small Blocks
18
February 8th, 2015 03:20 PM
Tom442
General Discussion
7
July 25th, 2011 02:46 PM
1968Cutlassfallbrook
Body & Paint
2
April 14th, 2011 02:38 AM
66ninetyeightls
Big Blocks
3
March 28th, 2010 07:40 AM
4EYED
Chassis/Body/Frame
7
September 22nd, 2007 10:33 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: O L D S M O B I L E letters barrel nuts?


Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.