Chick, Thanks for the tip. I have couple more questions if you don't mind.
- I've attached a picture of one of the clips. My thought on re-installing it was to slight close the end of the clip that goes into the subframe and then use your center punch idea to open it back up once it's been installed. Since I haven't purchased any of the new clips, I don't know what the back side looks likes. Is it similar in design to the originals?
- In terms of phosphating, I'm considering using the Palmetto Enterprises concentrates. It looks like they offer both Zinc and Manganese. My question is, what color phosphate should the clips be? Charcoal black or light to medium gray?
Bob, the clips in the kit seem to be exact to what the originals were except for that darn red color. My comparison found no significant differences. The I.D. (inside diameter) is tapered which accomodates the process of using a tapered drive pin or auger. I'd recommend using the light to medium gray phoshate. Gotta love those Palmetto products.
Make sure you wash/scrup the clips after the phosphate process with WD-40 so you do not have white salt residue on them after they cool.
It's easy but a few little tricks or lessons learned. Bottom line, follow the instructions......