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Offline 428CJ69

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Space Saver Inflator Can Tube
« on: May 26, 2017, 09:44:05 am »
Hello all,
Does anyone have any tricks that will help us in putting a reproduction Instructions Tube over top of an Inflator Can?
We've tried putting baby powder coated on the inside of the tube and it's still too tight. There must be something we are missing here. While we are discussing this, does anyone have an extra OEM they might have to sell or trade?
Thanks,
Brian and Shelley Streeter

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Re: Space Saver Inflator Can Tube
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2017, 07:37:46 pm »
With the caveat that I've never done one, I'd try chamfering the inside diameter of one end of the sleeve a bit with some sandpaper, put the inflator can in the freezer, heat the cardboard sleeve to maybe 150-200*, and then try to slip the sleeve over the can.  Those temperatures should be well within the temperatures the part would see in service so they shouldn't be a problem.  Work quickly once you start it on, because you may only get one chance to get it in position.  Good luck.

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Re: Space Saver Inflator Can Tube
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2017, 10:11:34 pm »
Sorry for the delay in responding. We went to a very large Car Show at Lane's Automotive today and had a blast. Anyway,
Thanks so much for your suggestions, unfortunately we had already tried putting the cannister in the freezer as we had left it in our vehicle here in Michigan this past winter after we bought it and had no trouble getting the original MOPAR instruction tube off of it. We thought about just putting the reproduction Instruction sticker over top of the MOPAR tube but it was WAY too tight and too short, thus we stuck it in our freezer. We also coated the inside of the new tube with baby powder. Still no such luck. We finally got a poster tube cut it to the correct length,wrapped the cannister with some shrink wrap and slid the tube over top. Unfortunately, the sticker gaps slightly due to the poster tube being slightly too big so we just displayed it with the gap to the bottom.
Now, how and where does the cannister mount with the spring we have with it? Searching the internet has not provided us a good picture for reference.
The eventual fix will be tracking down an original/NOS cannister.
Thanks again for your help,
Brian and Shelley