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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 08, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Tightening the cigarette lighter

Okay my fingers are raw from trying to tighten my lighter! I have the sleeve on the backside biting but it is not quite tight enough and there are plenty of threads left, it is just too tight to turn by sticking my fingers in the receptical (yes the power is disconnected ).

Is there a tool or a special technique to this?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 08, 07:41 PM
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Re: Tightening the cigarette lighter

uh.... it's a lot easier if you do it before you put the dash carrier in.

You might try pulling it out, and using some penetrating oil and working the threads until it will screw on cleanly.





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Re: Tightening the cigarette lighter

you do have the bezel, right? that takes up a few threads and absorbs some 'umppf' while tightening.
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Re: Tightening the cigarette lighter

Yep got the bezel and the carrier isn't the problem - it's just tough to screw the thing in without ripping my fingertip off. I was hoping there was some trick for this.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 08, 12:14 PM
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Re: Tightening the cigarette lighter

I put some anti-seize on mine. I know how they can corrode and be difficult - also don't think they are made truly round.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 08, 12:26 PM
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Re: Tightening the cigarette lighter

I made sure mine was disconnected then I inserted a tool to hold the guts while I turned the backpiece in. Jim is correct, much easier on the bench. The carrier comes out with 2 screws, why kill yourself?

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 08, 12:57 PM
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Re: Tightening the cigarette lighter

Tightening up the lighter a piece of cake once the speedometer cluster (dash carrier) is removed. The wiper and headlight switches are also easy to get to with the cluster out of the way. You will have to remove the three nuts that hold the steering column to the dash and lower the column. On my 67 the speedometer cable is short and hard to remove from the back of the speedometer head. I disconnect the cable from the transmission to get some slack. The extra slack makes disconnecting the cable from the speedometer easy. After a little practice you can remove the speedometer cluster in just a few minutes.

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