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    I work full time as an Engineer/Paramedic, but on my off days I work at a Salvage yard. This side job lets me get tons of knowledge on how cars are put together, and how they can come apart easier.

    One thing that I have noticed, is the Chevy uses a pin set up to hold their door hinges on. These pins (one in each hinge) are easily driven out with a hammer and a long bar, there by separating the two halves of the hinge. This got me to thinking about what an air chisel would do to them. Just think, all you would need to do is push the fender back far enough to expose the hinges, then drive the pins out, easy as that.

    Another Item that I have found is a wire cutter that is used by electricians for cutting large gauge cable. I've heard it called a Banana cutter before, but not sure of the real name. The cutting head looks like the head of a Hurst cutter, with over lapping "C" shaped blades. We are using one on our engine, and everyone seems to like it. It will slice right through battery cables, and the wire loom from the vehicle to the door. I know SNAP-ON carries them, and I will get a Part# if anyone is interested.

    Anyway, give me some feedback on these ideas.

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    The hinge idea sounds good.

    Regarding wire cutters,
    Cable cutters are best for cutting common size battery cables. They are sold for about $20 at most any home supply tool store or electrical supply vendor. Klein makes a good pair, as well as others. For heavier cables (truck/bus), I suggest ratcheting cable cutters built by Klein. They cost about $150, however work best for cutting large soft wire cable. Sears also sells a pair of ratcheting cutters for $20-30, to fit 2/0 gauge cable.

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    • #3
      Hi Billy,Long time no see.
      The hinge idea is a great idea. It was around about a year to 2 years ago. At that time they talked about dodge products that it worked on. They also said a air chisel worked great on them.
      It's great to hear that the ideas from the past still work on newer cars. As rescuers we just have to keep our minds open so the greats tool we have is not closed .
      Keep up the good work. We can all learn from what others post.

      Jim Greene

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      [This message has been edited by Jim Greene (edited 04-18-2001).]

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