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Old May 10th, 2019, 05:16 AM
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How to remove trunk lettering

Good morning. A couple of the OLDSMOBILE letters are loose on the trunk of my 72 Supreme Convertible. I know these are held on by barrel or tubular nuts. I assume I will need to completely remove the loose letters and replace the nuts. To remove the letters, do you simply pry them off? I found these on the OPGI website and assume they are the correct ones? https://www.opgi.com/cutlass/112930/

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Old May 10th, 2019, 05:38 AM
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loosen the nuts and they should come right off.
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Old May 10th, 2019, 07:30 AM
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loosen the nuts and they should come right off.
Thanks for the reply. I guess I should have asked how do you loosen the nuts? It looks like letters just push into the tubular nut (or barrel nut or self-clinching fastener whatever you want to call it) and are not threaded.

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put a soft towel at the bottom edge of the letter and use a plastic tipped screwdriver and gently pry up evenly and they will pop up, out of the barrel clip, there are no nuts holding the originals on
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They kind of self thread, use a 1/4 drive ratchet ( on my 68 anyway)
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Old May 10th, 2019, 10:18 AM
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put a soft towel at the bottom edge of the letter and use a plastic tipped screwdriver and gently pry up evenly and they will pop up, out of the barrel clip, there are no nuts holding the originals on
Thank you so much for the reply. I had thought that that was how they worked but wanted to confirm before trying it.
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If it is held on with a push nut don't try to pry it off. You might break off the stud in the process. Instead try to pry back the barbs with a small screwdriver so it will fall off. Push nuts are easily replaced. It's better not to try to reuse them anyway.
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Originally Posted by FN723 View Post
If it is held on with a push nut don't try to pry it off. You might break off the stud in the process. Instead try to pry back the barbs with a small screwdriver so it will fall off. Push nuts are easily replaced. It's better not to try to reuse them anyway.
These are not nuts. They are a barrel type fastener. You push them into the hole on the trunk lid then push the emblem stud into the fastener. I have a couple letters that are just loose. I don't think they are going to fall off but want to get it corrected.
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Before you start prying get a good flashlight and look at the backside of the studs. The last ones I removed from either a 1971 or 72 Supreme did have nuts on the back, not the press on barrel fasteners.

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Originally Posted by 2blu442 View Post
Before you start prying get a good flashlight and look at the backside of the studs. The last ones I removed from either a 1971 or 72 Supreme did have nuts on the back, not the press on barrel fasteners.

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Thanks John. I have confirmed that they are the barrel fasteners. I am going to try to remove the two loose letters as soon as I receive the fasteners I ordered from OPGI.
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I wouldn't be offended at a little dab of rubber cement under them. Nothing more harsh (and not JB Weld.)
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Thanks guys. I got the fasteners from OPGI. The letters came off very easily and the fasteners worked but I had to drill the truck lid hole out a little (1/64") to get the fasteners to fit flush. It was a relatively easy fix.
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