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Vent Window Handle/Pin
Posted by: vairboy ()
Date: April 03, 2020 12:58PM

Ok....I have my vent window out and I am not putting it back together. Having a fun time getting the vent handle pin back in to secure the handle on. This seems like it should be realllllllly simple. But I'm having a tough time getting the pin back in. Any hints? Am I missing something obvious?

Thanks...PS... this is for late model coupe 1966

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Re: Vent Window Handle/Pin
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: April 03, 2020 02:17PM

Once again, from my old memory banks. The pin is what is commonly known as a roll pin, that is made of spring steel. The ends have a rounded edge on them, and you set the edge of the pin onto the hole, and gently tap with a hammer to drive the pin into the hole. As the pin goes into the hole, it compresses closing the gap that runs from one end of the pin to the other. For larger roll pins, there is a specific driver for them. Something as small as the vent handle, you only need a very light hammer tap, such as using a tack hammer.

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Re: Vent Window Handle/Pin
Posted by: Vairismo ()
Date: April 03, 2020 02:38PM

They do make very small roll pin punches, some pretty small roll pins are used in industry, and guns. Having the parts in some kind of fixture will help for sure, but you've probably noticed that.

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Re: Vent Window Handle/Pin
Posted by: vairboy ()
Date: April 04, 2020 06:16AM

Actually, that is exactly what I did. I set the roll pin in the edge of the hole in the handle and then used a tack hammer. I get about half way in and it jams. Tried different angles etc. I'll give it a try again today. Sometimes you just need to step away and come back later. Just thinking this is taking me longer to do than it took to take the whole vent frame out of the

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Re: Vent Window Handle/Pin
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: April 04, 2020 06:33AM

Handle needs to be pressed in so pin goes in groove. A little spring load, if I remember right.

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Re: Vent Window Handle/Pin
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: April 04, 2020 07:07AM

I'm thinking there is a wavy washer in there as well. Its been a while since I did it.


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Re: Vent Window Handle/Pin
Posted by: Brizo ()
Date: April 04, 2020 09:57AM

Vairboy, working from outside the car. Put a little grease in the groove, get the pin just started in the handle then squeeze the handle into place to compress the wave washer. Squeeze the pin through with channel lock pliers

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Re: Vent Window Handle/Pin
Posted by: vairboy ()
Date: April 05, 2020 05:11PM

I'll give that a try Dan. I do have the wavy washer on there. I will report back. Thanks again everyone for the comments.

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Re: Vent Window Handle/Pin
Posted by: red monza ()
Date: April 05, 2020 05:30PM

I just put a vent window handle on my 64 conv...I think I started it in the window closed position...from the outside of the car...I put a small piece of wood on the the inside of the new handle and used my channel lock pliers as a press...went right in....if you hammer it, you will spread the pin...something has to give by hammering. You may need to close up the pin a little now.

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Re: Vent Window Handle/Pin
Posted by: TerribleTed ()
Date: April 05, 2020 08:19PM

I use needle nose vice grips to squeeze it into place. It can easily get off center where it does not want to go into the far side of the handle. New repro handles I usually have to slightly grind the entry hole as there is usually some flash in it making it very hard to start the pin.


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Re: Vent Window Handle/Pin
Posted by: playerpage ()
Date: April 05, 2020 09:00PM



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