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    Evening Gents

    I am in the process of overhauling the rear end of my coupe. Will put a journal up at some point (with plenty of pictures for Indy ).

    So far i have got the exhaust, trailing arms and diff off but having a little difficulty with the rear axle carrier.

    The bolts that hold the push rods to the car (number 4 on the picture) are very rusty. Does anyone know what type of bolts they should be i.e Inner Hex or torx bolts. Peet and another mate thinks they are torx but im not convinced they look like hex bolts to me. I have tried one with torx but it just spins, there Past it !

    Realoem qoutes hex but from past experiance its not always 100% correct



    Has anyone done this job or had any trouble getting these bolts off. At the moment im just soaking them for a few night with WD-40. Tried shocking it with a extension bar and a rubber hammer but no luck ! ! !



    any help and advise would be apreciated

    Cheers

    Adz
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    Mine definately look like hex sockets!:



    ETA: I would try using a "socket" type allen key and beat in into the bold with a proper hammer, this will make sure that it's properly seated and also shock the rust about a bit!!

    Another idea would be to try to get at the other end of the bolt by removing the outer sills and possibly some of the structural sill too - looks like you're in for a bit of welding anyway!!
    Last edited by Limbs; 21-02-2012, 09:25 PM.
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    • #3
      I've done this job and if the bolts are OEM, they're hex (6mm?). They can be awkward to access particularly on the offside because the fuel pipe is in the way, and you should use a decent hardened hex bit in a socket set on an extension (if necessasry) to be sure that your hex bit is straight in line. Good luck!
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      • #4
        I was going to say that they're probably 6mm, Exdos has confirmed this, so if yours are eaten away/chewed up, you could also try beating a 1/4" (6.35mm) hex bit in!!
        2000 Cosmos Black S50, Kyalami/Black interior, KW V3s, H&R ARBs, Supersprint exhausts, Apex ARC8s.
        1996 Dark Aubergine Escort Cosworth Lux with leather, GGR 305 chipped, GGR/Koni suspension, Black Diamond discs.
        2008 Orange/Black Westfield Megabusa, FW rear, Widetrack/Nitron Suspension, AP/Westfield 4 pots.
        Lots of Land Rovers!
        No wife or kids!!

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        • #5
          Cheers chaps, as I expected.

          Doubt there will be any welding its alot of crappy underseal and surface rust all feels pretty solid. Will have it looking like new in now time

          Will let you know how i get on.
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          • #6
            Replace them with regular 13mm head bolts when you get them out!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by c_w View Post
              Replace them with regular 13mm head bolts when you get them out!
              With lots of copper slip on them!!
              2000 Cosmos Black S50, Kyalami/Black interior, KW V3s, H&R ARBs, Supersprint exhausts, Apex ARC8s.
              1996 Dark Aubergine Escort Cosworth Lux with leather, GGR 305 chipped, GGR/Koni suspension, Black Diamond discs.
              2008 Orange/Black Westfield Megabusa, FW rear, Widetrack/Nitron Suspension, AP/Westfield 4 pots.
              Lots of Land Rovers!
              No wife or kids!!

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              • #8
                An Impact Driver should help you avoid rounding those. Borrow or buy one if you can (they're pretty cheap, and always useful: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Teng-Id515-P...0031783&sr=8-1)

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                • #9
                  Had abit of spare time tonight. Manage to get the first one out with these

                  http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...1&TC=SRC-irwin
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                  • #10
                    yuck looks disgusting (as they all would, at this sort of age!)

                    hate looking underneath cars, makes me not very confident in them, thinking theyre gonna fall apart without any notice

                    look forward to how you get on. lowvdub had his rear end molested too

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                    good thread!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by indy View Post
                      yuck looks disgusting (as they all would, at this sort of age!)

                      hate looking underneath cars, makes me not very confident in them, thinking theyre gonna fall apart without any notice

                      look forward to how you get on. lowvdub had his rear end molested too

                      http://www.z3mcoupe.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10611

                      good thread!
                      Cheers indy, it will look the business when im finished

                      Will start a build thread when i get a moment !
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