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    Default Removing Panel Retainers: 240Z

    Is there any 'easy' way to do this? I'm trying to remove all of my interior trim to run new speaker wires, but the damn panel retainers are so small and tight I can't get any to pop out.

    My interior is perfect and crack free and I want it to remain that way. I also have no broken or missing panel retainers. I also like that.

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    Matt, are you pushing the pins through first? Stock retainers have a pin going through them.
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    By "pins" he means in the center of the retainers. They might not be that visible, but if you get a thin nail and push it into the center of the retainers, the pin should push through. Then you can pull the fasteners out. And you will probably be able to find most, if not all of the pins once you remove the interior panels.
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    And Matt, if you need replacement retainers, I have a bunch.
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    Nissan part #90909-E4100 for black. My guy charges me $.88 a piece, packs of 10, just bought 30 and they're still available from the dealer.
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    Actually there is a Ford fender retainer that is available on ebay for about $13 for 50. It's VERY difficult to tell them apart.
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    Thanks guys! I feel absolutely stupid for not noticing that, I popped them all out and couldn't manage to recover any of the pins, so I'm just going to order a big mess of them. Also didn't have as much speaker wire as I though, so I used some of my large gauge primary wire. Fail on my part, I need to stock up on audio wire.

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    Matt, before you pay $9 for 10, look at this thread: http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/i...im-panels.html
    And they are still available: 50 FORD FENDER SHIELD PUSH TYPE RETAINERS OEM 387843-S on eBay!
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    An easy way to get the pins out from their dark recesses is to put a handkerchief over the nozzle of your shop vac. Leave some room and secure with a wire tie. Turn on vac, collect said pins, turn off when you can drop the pins into your hand. Been there, done that, works every time.

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    Did the E-Bay retainers work out good? I'd like to have a bag.

    Whops! I read the other thread and see where Steve bought them. Thanks for the tip Steve.
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    You're welcome, Cliff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pop's Z View Post
    An easy way to get the pins out from their dark recesses is to put a handkerchief over the nozzle of your shop vac. Leave some room and secure with a wire tie. Turn on vac, collect said pins, turn off when you can drop the pins into your hand. Been there, done that, works every time.

    Cheers, Mike
    How come I never thought of that?
    Great tip, thanks!

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    I always thought they were like socks in a dryer and just disappeared forever.
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