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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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« 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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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2019, 01:02:44 pm »

Work is progressing well as I'm preparing her for the paint job she will eventually be receiving. In the process, I found the glue on the right rear fender being loose and I managed to scrape out the peice of resin shown in the last picture below. This resin doesn't look right to me as I would have expected something more flexible. This indicates to me there has been a repair. The glue on the other side is fine and still seems a bit flexible.

I checked the repair manual, which instructs "dictungsklebestreifen", i.e. sealant strips to be made to refit the fenders. There's a reference number given for a Dichtungskleberpatrone 00 328 173 00. What is the right sealant to use?

I'm not going to remove the fenders, so this will just be filled properly.

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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2019, 09:52:17 pm »

More progress...
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2019, 10:26:51 pm »

Hi Anders
You are making good progress, Upol Tigerseal or any good polyurethane sealer/adhesive will work to attach the rear wing/fender.
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2019, 02:45:58 pm »

You are making good progress, Upol Tigerseal or any good polyurethane sealer/adhesive will work to attach the rear wing/fender.

Thanks, John! That shouldn't be too much of a problem fixing than.

If it wasn't for work, daily duties, and work on the other cars in the "stable", we'd be progressing much faster Smiley


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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2019, 05:19:57 pm »

Had good progress again today as we removed the right hand side sill. the headlights and the front bumper. Still some way to go, and I've also run into a few new issues, e.g. I realized the headlight lifting mechanism is stuck, two of the headlight bolts snapped, and the rear hatch cable boke off by the handle (hence the alternative "keeping hatch closed" feature in the lower picture), but these are just minor issues which are probably easy to fix. And I've been able to check a few boxes in my TODO-list Smiley

/Anders
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