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Anders Dinsen
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« on: March 17, 2019, 12:24:31 pm »

So, the old faithful Murena was taken off the road and garaged a couple of years ago. Lack of time maintaining her made it a good decision back then. And frankly, I've been too busy to miss her much, just happy to have her sitting comfortably in a dry, ventilated space.

But the time has come to change the status quo and get some of the work done which was beginning to be pressing when I put her in the garage, especially the paint work which has frankly been dodgy since I bought her. Some of the English Club members may remember my car as "TVP", which from 1986 until Roy lived her life outside, in London. She had some repaired parking damages, but never a complete respray, only panels done - and frankly, the jobs done left a bit to wish for. So I'm rather looking forward to bringing her back in the pretty shape she deserves Smiley

First, however, I need to work rusty bolts, annoyning rivets, and probably even some glue.

Here's the first photo showing the current state of progress.
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'82 Murena 2.2 prep 142
'01 Grand Espace 24v
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2019, 12:34:53 pm »

I have a slightly annoying problem with these brackets, which are attaching the rear bumper to the chassis. Each is fitted in the trunk with two bolts. I had to cut the bolts and now I'm left with the nuts in cages with what's remaining of the bolts stuck in them. Here's a couple of options:

  • Fix the nut (which is sitting in a cage on the rear) in a vice and use a strong grip to turn the remains of the bolts out.
  • Grind the edge of the cages so they can be opened enough to remove the nuts and bolts, fit new nuts and weld the cages back
  • Buy new brackets


Any experience/good ideas?
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2019, 02:59:27 pm »

I have a slightly annoying problem with these brackets, which are attaching the rear bumper to the chassis. Each is fitted in the trunk with two bolts. I had to cut the bolts and now I'm left with the nuts in cages with what's remaining of the bolts stuck in them. Here's a couple of options:

  • Fix the nut (which is sitting in a cage on the rear) in a vice and use a strong grip to turn the remains of the bolts out.
  • Grind the edge of the cages so they can be opened enough to remove the nuts and bolts, fit new nuts and weld the cages back
  • Buy new brackets


Any experience/good ideas?

Why would you need cages? Grind them off, unless there is no room to get a wrench on the nut while assembling.

Besides, what a beautiful Bosch tool. That is one I am missing in my collection of blue Bosch tools.  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2019, 05:05:27 pm »

Why would you need cages? Grind them off, unless there is no room to get a wrench on the nut while assembling.


You have a point there, Jon! There should be enough space to do it. It won't be easy but since an assistant is needed anyway to hold and align the bumper while assembling, it should be doable Smiley

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Besides, what a beautiful Bosch tool. That is one I am missing in my collection of blue Bosch tools.  Cheesy


It's a lovely little machine! Not that strong and runs on small 100 mm discs, but very efficient and handy Smiley

/Anders
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'82 Murena 2.2 prep 142
'01 Grand Espace 24v
'08 Smart Fortwo 0,8 cdi
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