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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 00, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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Can anybody tell me how I can remove the wiper arms from my 69 Camaro convertible?
The 2nd question: How can I remove the kick panels when the car has no ac?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 00, 02:59 PM
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Oh boy oh boy, I've been through this ordeal several times. The wipers are easy. The really easy way to remove the wipers is to use a wiper removal tool. I've seen them at local auto parts stores for a couple bucks. If you are REALLY careful though or just don't care about the paint, you can use a flat-blade screwdriver. That's how I removed mine before painting the car. If you look under the wiper arm where it mounts to the shaft in the car, you will see a little clip hanging down against the car's wiper shaft. The trick is to pry outwards on this clip with the screwdriver or tool away from the shaft while simultaneously pulling up on the base of the wiper arm. Take your time and be careful.

As for the kickpanels: I have a 67 with one vent switch kick panels....I think they are basically the same as the 69's minus another flapper valve??? I don't really know. Anyways, there are several trim screws around the vent opening. Remove the screws and pull on the kick panel. It'll be very stubborn because the factory used some kind of god-awful goop to seal them against the metal underneath. (Does anybody know what that junk is?????) Just work your way around the vent opening, pulling here and there. After you free the kick panel from the goop, it should pull out a ways and then stop. There is a lip on the kick panel that is a little bit bigger than the opening in the metal, so you'll have to move the kickpanel around to work it out of the hole. That's it. On the driver's side, you'll have to remove the emergency brake mechanism first, but that's easy. When you go to put them back in, you will need to goop them back up with whatever that junk is they use, or you will forever be fighting a sopping wet floorboard everytime it rains. Believe me, I know from experience. It takes time and patience, lots of patience. Good luck. Email me if you have any questions. [email protected]

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 00, 04:30 PM
 
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**** thats one thing I never want to go through....kick panels...when I was installing my front door speakers, we routed the wire above them. We tried at first to remove those suckers....but after I realized that it would probably break in the process, it was easier to just "fish" the wires until they went thru.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 00, 10:06 AM
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What is that goop? I have mine out to spray Corroless in there. BTW - picked up some doozy skinned knuckles on this job. If/when they are resealed, where does the water drain out?
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Re: wiper arms & kick panels

The stuff looks like plumbers putty to me, can't see why that wouldn't work to seal them back up. I think that's what I'm gonna use anyway.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 3rd, 08, 09:28 AM
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What is that goop? I have mine out to spray Corroless in there. BTW - picked up some doozy skinned knuckles on this job. If/when they are resealed, where does the water drain out?
Kick panels, while not one of the more involved jobs, for sure required the most cursing and resulted in the most # of parts dripping blood.

I don't know what the goop is. I reused the olf, which was still nice and pliable, and filled in with plumbers putty where more was needed.

The "natural" drainage is thru the cowl vents, thru the large holes in the upper cowl, and out the sides (inside the cowl) into the rockers and back. There are drainholes on the inner side of the rockers, near the front perches, normally covered by a rubber flap.

As the water cascades down inside the rockers, it lands right on top of the kick panel vent tubes. No seal, rusty floors.





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