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rusty bolts, any advice
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Finch661



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:05 pm    Post subject: rusty bolts, any advice Reply with quote

im in the middle of stripping down my mini interior, and i have come to the top dash rail. there are 3 bolts holding it on, and the bolts are so rusty, they're spinning the bolts. there doesnt seem to be anyway of getting to the bolts!

any advice on getting the bolts off?

cheers Shocked
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victor 101



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you got enough room to get a small nut splitter in there?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

em to be honest i wouldnt know (i dont have a nut splitter). the bolts are quite small (7/16).
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Phil - Nottingham



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had this trouble - I did not have a Dremel drill then but I think this would have cut a slot in the side of the nut. In the end I used a pair of strong side wire cutters - you need a strong grip though Shocked

I did get one nut off with a small quarter drive inch socket by tightnening it up and breaking off the the stud.

I am certain they 5/16th AF or 8mm if pushed (2BA will also fit well)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i dont know if i have the clearence to cut a slot! its a little bit too close to the insulation foam to get a blow lamp in to heat the nut up aswell
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A blowlamp would melt the foam inside the dash rail too - it would allow access to the back of the stud to drill it out Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I can remember you can strip the dials and back card on the dash so you would get a much better access to the bolts and nuts of the upper dash rail!!
can you use a heat gun instead, it did the trick once for me but it would still damage the foam!!

Confused

can you get soemone else to help a friend could try and grip the bolt with a gripper and you could try turning the nut with a spanner!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I can remember you can strip the dials and back card on the dash so you would get a much better access to the bolts and nuts of the upper dash rail!!
can you use a heat gun instead, it did the trick once for me but it would still damage the foam!!

Confused

can you get soemone else to help a friend could try and grip the bolt with a gripper and you could try turning the nut with a spanner!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

finally managed to get the nuts undone, i used brute force and a big hammer Smile
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