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6 volt coil cap removal? How is it done?


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Can someone tell me how the get the cap off my 6 volt coil, 1937 Pontiac 6 Touring Sedan?   I've never seen the inside of the cap so I don't know how to release the catch.   The shop manual says use a special tool J-729, I think that's the number, but no picture of it is available.    I used the approximate position on the coil shown in the picture in the manual and tried to push a .008" feeler gauge up alongside the cap.   Needless to say that doesn't work.   When I twist the coil I can feel the catch stopping the coil's rotation.    So, can anyone suggest what they've used instead of this special tool to get the cap off the coil?    Thanks!!

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Well, I took the whole thing out of the car, coil, cable and lock.    It's sitting on the work bench and I still have no idea how to get the coil off it's cap.   Chewed up my hand trying to use a feeler gauge and I've finally given up with the feeler gauge idea.    It's obviously not going to work.   I can't believe no one has a picture of the inside of the cap and coil laying around.    Surely I'm not the first person with this problem.    Does anyone have a picture of the inside of the coil cap?     I'd settle for a picture or a drawing or even a drawing of the special tool.     Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated too!!

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