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Old 08-24-2009, 02:16 PM   #1
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How to remove my letters

I have a 78 Soviergn and I am in the process of polishing the endcaps. How do I remove the cast aluminun letters? I would like to polish around them, and more importantly I plan on re-painting the A I R S T R E A M letters so they look better. Are they just glued on? If so, do I just wedge them off? I do not see any rivits or screws holding them in place.

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Old 08-24-2009, 02:43 PM   #2
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There are two or three small tits formed into the back of each letter.

These tits are about 1/8" in diameter and about 1/4" long. Without removing the endcaps you will not be able to remove the letters without knocking these tits off.

To remove the letters get a good putty knife and work it under the letters, then shear off the tits with a good wack to the knife - much the same procedure used in removing rivets on the roof without having to drill them out.

You might have to seal the holes caused by the original mounting holes. I remounted my letters (on the front) by drilling holes in the letter and using Olympic rivets to hold them on. I was able to drill out the tits as there were slight casting indentations on the front indicating where the original mounting holes were.

When I remounted the letters I put a good film of vulkem on the back of each letter to make sure no water would be trapped behind them. Be sure to seal the Olympics with a daub of Vulkem also.

I removed the front letters and painted them, then replaced them as above, but, on the rear I repainted them while they were still in place as per the picture below.

I polished the edges of the letters (under the tape) prior to taping them up and etching the rest of the casting. Paint is Rustoleum "Royal Blue"

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