AU3 Falcon XR8 Ute (auto)
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: NT, Australia
FalKeen, I really couldn't have said it better ;-) - would it be that much costlier when producing a car to use screws like they do to hold the front air deflector on under the car?
Anyway... Fairlane Boy, I know of the fasteners you mean (called scrivits) - had many an argument with them on the Telstar when even the trick you mentioned is difficult on some of 'em - of interest though, I have seen some you can get in parts stores which are usually slightly bigger and have a much coarser and stronger thread which doesn't strip like the fine ones - those ones are actually ok.
Unfortunatly mine aren't scrivits though - they are barbed like TopGhia said (Ford call 'em Christmas Tree clips I think) and the bards are closley spaced and a damn sight bigger than the holes, which appear to be round (unlike the ones holding the carpet to the 'back wall' in my interior, which go into oval holes, meaning with a bit a side-to-side wriggling you can get 'em out). This is what led me to the same assumption as TopGhia, only the workshop manual doesn't confirm this, it only says to remove them, but goes into no more detail.
I think I'll have a look for some 8g self-tappers or something today and see how it goes :-)