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Cowl Lacing/Hood Seal what are the original fastners, nails, screws? Should I use them?

 
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Old 05-09-2018, 03:24 PM
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Cowl Lacing/Hood Seal what are the original fastners, nails, screws? Should I use them?

Starting to install a Cowl Lacing Kit, the rubber seal that is mounted to the top of the cowl to seal/keep the rear of the hood from rattling.
Are the fasteners for the original seal ribbed nails? They have a thin flat had like a nail, no slot or Philips like the screws provided with the repo.
Should I just poke small holes in the new seal in the correct spots and slip it onto the original fasteners?
I looks like it could be a pain to get the old fasteners out.

 
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Old 05-09-2018, 07:17 PM
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nails I pulled mine out with a pair of end nippers and it worked good for me also some find sheet metal screws to put the strip back down
but I used nails it was just to cool not to and you can say some of my truck was nailed together
good luck mike
 
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I found that when I pulled the nails I then had to tap the metal around the holes flat. Then nails that came with my lacing were smaller than the originals.
I ended up using screws to install the new lacing.
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They are called drive nails...they have a twist in the shaft. Just turn them as you pull them out. Always hated them and the idea of pounding new nails into newly restored sheet metal. Plus they don’t hold uniformly. I welded up the holes and used weatherstrip adhesive on the seal...much nicer.
 
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Got it done.
I actually decided to keep the original nails. I used a punch to make small holes in the new seal in the right spots and slipped, pushed, pried to seal over the nail heads. Added a little weatherstrip sealer in a few spots too. Also put a little rust converter on each nail before putting the new seal on, then a little black paint on the nail head last.
 
 
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