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Rebuild Trunk convertible Cylinder Help
I rebuilt all the cylinders today and the top works fine, and locking cylinder works fine... what doesnt work fine are the trunk cylinders.
Now I'm going to kick myself because these WEREN'T LEAKING... I just thought I'd replace them all at once... urgh.
Anyway, I rebuilt them per the instructions, and they open fine, but closing was a different story. I sheered off the cotter pins to a spraying of hydraulic fluid. The right side was the one that blew. The left side "lifted" to some small leakage but didn't blow (but I'm sure if I fix the right side the left side will blow!. (instructions said to just use two... I even opted for three!)
Anyway, It doesnt appear to be weldable steel, so what have others used? does it require a special high grade cotter pin? or should I drill holes diagonally, or should I put some sort of clamp over the top?
I've heard of a few people rebuilding the trunk cylinders, so it must be possible theoretically, but now I can't even go buy some rebuilt ones... urgh.
Amy pointers appreciated!