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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:09 am    Post subject: Disassembly of rear roof pantograph brackets Reply with quote

Hi everybody!! Can you help me how to disassembly roof pantograph brackets? and how to remove the pins without ruining them..or at least where I can find the spare pins ..thank you so much
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:24 am    Post subject: Re: disassembly roof pantograph brackets Reply with quote

You will have to ruin those by either drilling them out or grinding the heads off and punching them out. You would have to replace them with bolts or new steel rivets. Bolts would be the easiest.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:36 am    Post subject: Re: disassembly roof pantograph brackets Reply with quote

thanks..I thought maybe bolts nuts interfere with canvas..
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:41 am    Post subject: Re: disassembly roof pantograph brackets Reply with quote

Well, I don't own a westy so that's a valid concern. You can peen over steel replacement rivets but it may be tough without the proper tooling and may create a binding hinge.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:03 am    Post subject: Re: disassembly roof pantograph brackets Reply with quote

May I ask... why do you want to take them apart?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:07 am    Post subject: Re: disassembly roof pantograph brackets Reply with quote

Ahwahnee wrote:
May I ask... why do you want to take them apart?

Ditto.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:51 am    Post subject: Re: Disassembly of rear roof pantograph brackets Reply with quote

because of i am restoring my vanagon..Smile
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I'm a bit undecided whether to disassemble it or not .. because you can see little when it is mounted .. sorry for the bad English
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:21 am    Post subject: Re: Disassembly of rear roof pantograph brackets Reply with quote

You're doing a beautiful job of it - but I would be inclined to leave those parts 'as is'.

They look pretty good now (just the usual discoloration) but it could be very hard to get the 'tight but not too tight' fit of the originals.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:35 am    Post subject: Re: Disassembly of rear roof pantograph brackets Reply with quote

I'm very undecided too .. but all the other pieces I have already dust painted them and I wouldnt' be beautiful if you could see this ugly piece
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: Disassembly of rear roof pantograph brackets Reply with quote

Could they be dipped and nickel-plated as is? A little use may break through any gumming up of the plating at pivot points.

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