Trunk Hinge Torsion Bars

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  1. timmyk

    timmyk Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Can anybody give me a good way to remove, and replace trunk hinge torsion bars? I have a broken one, and I need to remove one from my donor car to relace it with, and I'm not sure how to go about doing it safely, w/o destroying something.
     
  2. Huyzel

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    I think theres a special tool to remove them.. do a search.. I could be wrong but I remember seeing something like that on this forum.
     
  3. 5spd540

    5spd540 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    This is the first I have herd about a tool but I would like to know if a tool is needed because I need to change mine.
     
  4. Earlsfat

    Earlsfat Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Krabben1 posted up about it a while back... said to be VERY careful as the spring has a tendency to want to spin around and crack the rear windshield. IIRC he said he used a deep socket... there might even be a write up on it here someplace.
     
  5. timmyk

    timmyk Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Hey everybody thanks for the input, but I couldn't find any refrence to any posts made about this, Anymore help,or suggestions?
     
  6. ATM

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    It tells you how to do it in my Camaro Restoration Handbook.

    It says to get the latch on the lowest setting to get the least torsion.

    To do this it says to get a pipe, 1/4" about a foot long, slide the pipe over the end of either torque rod. Pull up on the pipe to desengage the rod from the hook. When the rod is free, guide it to the next slot, then the next one.

    Then slide the spring free using the pipe.

    I would wear safety glasses.:cool:
     
  7. 5spd540

    5spd540 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    This dont sound to hard.
     
  8. timmyk

    timmyk Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Thanks for the info. I'll try that out it sounds better than what I was going to try, probably would've lost some teeth or somethng my way. Don't have any wndws. in it to break.
     
  9. ATM

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    If you google torque rod removal camaro restoration handbook google books may bring it up for you to read.

    Here.

    It was taking forever to show up...
    Good luck.
     
  10. boardog

    boardog Veteran Member

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    like posted above, go to your local hardware store and purchase a 1/4 inch pipe and aprox 2' long. you need to put a small bend in it about 4 " from one end. with no bend in it hits the trunk weather strip area. the long pipe allows you to have enough leverage to remove the rods, be careful not to let the pipe slip while removing the rod or you will have a broke rear window. used it numerous times with no problems
     

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