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TRip
Trip Anthony

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08/18/2009 01:16AM

Main British Car:
1980 TR7 performance 4 cyl

Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: TRip
Date: August 25, 2009 09:11PM

Does anyone know how to remove broken seat bolts?

I tried tapping them as well as using a counter sink tool. I tried drilling but just made a mess.

I don't want to poke holes in the mounts in order to retain integrity and don't want to over-drill the holes and install bolts right through to the underside.

I noticed there seems to be a little space behind the outter mounts with what feels like tabs. Can those tabs be bent out and the plate holding the bolt bit be removed? what about the floor mounts without a space?

Any tips would be great.

Thanks,

Trip



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/26/2009 01:13AM by TRip.


WedgeWorks1
Mike Perkins
Ellicott City, Maryland
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Registered:
07/06/2008 08:07AM

Main British Car:
1980 Triumph TR8 3.5 Litre Rover V8

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Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: WedgeWorks1
Date: August 29, 2009 08:56AM

Trip you poor guy! Which bolts broke off? The front or rear? Inboard or outboard ones? Some can be fixed with some cutting and a tack weld here and there and some just can be a night mare!


TRip
Trip Anthony

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Registered:
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1980 TR7 performance 4 cyl

Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: TRip
Date: August 29, 2009 11:49PM

Maybe best if I take some pics and then post them here.

Trip


WedgeWorks1
Mike Perkins
Ellicott City, Maryland
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Main British Car:
1980 Triumph TR8 3.5 Litre Rover V8

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Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: WedgeWorks1
Date: August 30, 2009 10:02PM

Please beacuse only one of the four are not captured into a body panel. The other three are in frames so access can get messy!


TRip
Trip Anthony

(162 posts)

Registered:
08/18/2009 01:16AM

Main British Car:
1980 TR7 performance 4 cyl

Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: TRip
Date: August 30, 2009 10:46PM

Ya... these are the messy ones. :(

Passenger side rear bolt - tunnel side
passengers rear tunnel side 1.jpg

Passenger side front bolt - tunnel side
passengers front tunnel side 2.jpg

Drivers side rear bolt - tunnel side
drivers rear tunnel side3.jpg

Drivers side front bolt - tunnel side
drivers front tunnel side4.JPG



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TRip
Trip Anthony

(162 posts)

Registered:
08/18/2009 01:16AM

Main British Car:
1980 TR7 performance 4 cyl

Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: TRip
Date: August 30, 2009 11:20PM

A few years back when I was younger and less patient, I tried to drill and tap them and messed them up more. The front drivers is missing the threads underneath. I suspect that there was only a nut welded underneath from the factory(?). The driver's rear the threads are stripped but the (nut) is still in place.

The pass front has the bolt stem still there about 1/2 inch. I have WD40'd the heck out of it and tried clamping a visegrip but couldn't budge it. Haven't attemped again since.

The funny thing is that the first few times I originally removed the bolts they were fine. It almost seemed as though the bolts were suffering from metal fatigue and twisted apart way too easy in the end.

Trip


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
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10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: August 31, 2009 08:58AM

The common fix for MGBs when this happens is to cut the area out and weld in a new piece of steel with a captive nut attached. Just make your patch plate first without the captive nut and drill the hole for the stud, then place it over the existing broken bolt or hole to align and mark the cut lines. Then cut out the old captive nut, weld new nuts on the patch panels and weld them in place. Using a bolt in the new plate to attach a length of square stock will make a good support to help align the panels without risking them dropping into the frame channel when you tack weld.



TRip
Trip Anthony

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Registered:
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1980 TR7 performance 4 cyl

Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: TRip
Date: August 31, 2009 02:01PM

Thanks for the advice, Bill.

Yet another good reason for me to learn to weld!

Trip


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
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11/06/2007 01:55PM

Main British Car:
1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: Dan B
Date: August 31, 2009 02:04PM

You might try applying a little heat


TRip
Trip Anthony

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Registered:
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Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: TRip
Date: August 31, 2009 03:02PM

Hi Dan,

Heat... OK, I'll give it a try tonight.

Trip


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Mike Perkins
Ellicott City, Maryland
(460 posts)

Registered:
07/06/2008 08:07AM

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1980 Triumph TR8 3.5 Litre Rover V8

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Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: WedgeWorks1
Date: September 01, 2009 09:42PM

The front bolt is inside the frame that runs across the transmission tunnel so cutting out the area and getting a new plate with a nut tack welded on is the fix. The rear is simple. It is just a nut welded to the tunnel and can be seen from underneath. That one you can grind off and tack weld another nut back on or just leave it loose but you will have to hold it with a wrench when you put the seat back in. These are all common problem. On your other post with the floor issue you need to get a small welder and get burning!
HPIM0684a.jpg
HPIM0689aa.JPG


TRip
Trip Anthony

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Registered:
08/18/2009 01:16AM

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1980 TR7 performance 4 cyl

Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: TRip
Date: September 02, 2009 05:36PM

Hey Mike,

"The rear is simple. It is just a nut welded to the tunnel and can be seen from underneath."

I hadn't seen the nut. I'll check again. That'll make things way easier!

One of the broken "frame" bolts has about 1/2" sticking out. It'll be nice if I can get that one out with a vice-grip.... Work in progress.

Yeah, I'm excited about learning to weld.

Trip



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Mike Perkins
Ellicott City, Maryland
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Registered:
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1980 Triumph TR8 3.5 Litre Rover V8

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Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: WedgeWorks1
Date: September 02, 2009 09:20PM

Here are some pictures of the front and rear nuts. Both are wleded to plates that are in turn welded to the body.
Floor_1aa.JPG
HPIM0698aa.JPG
HPIM0706a.JPG


TRip
Trip Anthony

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Registered:
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Main British Car:
1980 TR7 performance 4 cyl

Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: TRip
Date: September 02, 2009 11:57PM

Mike, you really went out of your way to share this information with me and I thank you for that! :)

I'll look for all the spots you pointed out tomorrow.

Thank you again,

Trip


WedgeWorks1
Mike Perkins
Ellicott City, Maryland
(460 posts)

Registered:
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Main British Car:
1980 Triumph TR8 3.5 Litre Rover V8

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Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: WedgeWorks1
Date: September 03, 2009 08:51AM

Trip-Your talking a few minutes, with the exception of one picture I already had these in a file. Like I said I have owned and parted out way tooo many TR7s and TR8s. I started in High School as a freshman in 1986 with a 1970 Chevelle SS that was sold (car was a beast at 12mpg) and bought an 1969 MGB-GT that I owned for 7 years and restored twice. I then went to work out of High School while attempting college worked at 2 british car resotration shops in Massachusetts working everything british and even german. I also helped and then worked full time at The Wedge Shop for 8 years. I know rust........that is why I am glad to be in Maryland! Your situation is normal with a TR7 and even TR8s! They all rust the same way but with the extra power actually will rip apart. One thing you will need to do is keep the doors on and open them as little as possible when you start working on the rocker as with all open cars. If you pull the doors then brace the openings. Well it is crunch time to see how much effort you want to put into this 7?



TRip
Trip Anthony

(162 posts)

Registered:
08/18/2009 01:16AM

Main British Car:
1980 TR7 performance 4 cyl

Re: Oh, Oh!... Broke some TR7 seat bolts
Posted by: TRip
Date: September 03, 2009 07:18PM

Mike, you have an enviable resume!

you know, I love European cars but also love American muscle... That Chevelle must have been sweet... especially for a teenager in high school. Isn't it funny, gas was cheap compared to now.

Maryland warm, Canada coooold! I see your point. I can only imagine.

No more power until I fix the mush. :(

Keeping the doors on is a great tip. Hadn't thought of that. Doors off would probably end up with a car twisted looking just like your avatar! LOL

"Well it is crunch time to see how much effort you want to put into this 7?" You got that right!

Trip


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