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  1. Attacking rusty nuts and bolts

    Cars & motoring
    Indeed! I wrote that I get them off...this is true...what damage I might have to inflict to do so wasn't covered :smile2:. I don't have my MIG welder now, but when I did it was possible to cut, say, a captive nut from a chassis and rebuild with a new nut in place. I'm planning to write a bit...
  2. Attacking rusty nuts and bolts

    Cars & motoring
    Ah, chisels and hammers (and scaffolding-pole extensions) come under the category 'Advanced Primitive'. I'm still posting at 'Neolithic Sub-primitive' level...if the lump hammer ain't heavy enough for the job, position your face so it bounces back off your teeth when it bounces off the spanner...
  3. Attacking rusty nuts and bolts

    Cars & motoring
    I see this thread has picked up a few 'likes'...thanks! I'll be continuing it with an outline of my thoughts on the angle grinder later this weekend. It's aimed chiefly at newbies to the game...really basic stuff that those who learn it don't tell others because it becomes so 'obvious' to us...
  4. Regarding a Clio Mk 1 snapped torsion bar

    Steering and Suspension
    Hello! I haven't dropped it yet...took the nuts and bolts off one side, cleaned them and put them back on...then did the other side...put the nuts and bolts back in. For jacking it's the old trick...the jack that comes with the car...take off the wheel and put it under the sill...fill the...
  5. Regarding a Clio Mk 1 snapped torsion bar

    Steering and Suspension
    Thanks! The people I like best are those who know more than me.
  6. Attacking rusty nuts and bolts

    Cars & motoring
    Aye...I ain't not no expert, just stubborn :smile2: I think there should be more stuff like this available on the web...to coin a phrase...the nuts and bolts! We have fancy tools and all sortsa stuff...but behind it all must be a stubborness...the desire to win...the most powerful tool in our...
  7. Attacking rusty nuts and bolts

    Cars & motoring
    I forgot to say... High tensile bolts have a numbering system that is stamped on to their heads. I can't remember what it is, but they are graded in hardness by the numbering system. Tickle it anyway, just to make sure. Cheers! Paul
  8. Regarding a Clio Mk 1 snapped torsion bar

    Steering and Suspension
    I wanted to give something back for the help I've received...attacking rusty nuts and bolts: http://www.renaultforums.co.uk/23-general-chat/542586-attacking-rusty-nuts-bolts.html#post3659978
  9. Attacking rusty nuts and bolts

    Cars & motoring
    I'm posting this here after looking around for the best place... Rust! I luv it! The more rusty something is, the more I have to call on my experience to sort it out. What follows is MY way of doing it. Please bear in mind that SAFETY is the most important aspect of messin' with...
  10. Regarding a Clio Mk 1 snapped torsion bar

    Steering and Suspension
    Thanks for that! Everything's available in Poland now, so I'll get some. I want to give a little back, so I'm now going to do a thread about attacking nuts and bolts that have been undisturbed for many, many years. Rust! The ol' enemy! It can be beaten, if one has the stamina and the...
  11. Regarding a Clio Mk 1 snapped torsion bar

    Steering and Suspension
    Thanks for the info. I found an ageing 32mm ring spanner and it seems to be about 2mm too big. Regarding the nuts...I doubt they'd get replaced during a service. But I'm a stickler for safety, so what I'll do is put some sticky tape on the threads before the nuts go back on. :smile2: Just...
  12. Regarding a Clio Mk 1 snapped torsion bar

    Steering and Suspension
    Update... The four nuts on the rear axle mounting bracket bolts are off! A bit of an endeavour with a short ring spanner but a lump hammer kept things turning. I need to buy a few tools but I wanted to get those nuts off so I know the axle swap is possible with any grinding and having to source...
  13. Regarding a Clio Mk 1 snapped torsion bar

    Steering and Suspension
    I was amazed to find a Haynes manual (in English) on the Polish version of Ebay, known as Allegro. Paid eight quid with delivery...Haynes sell it for twenty-two quid in the UK. It arrived yesterday, not a mark on it, totally like new! It has all the info I need on the rear axle and I now have a...
  14. Regarding a Clio Mk 1 snapped torsion bar

    Steering and Suspension
    Messages read, message sent. I've attached a cute pic to prove I'm not a robot :smile2:! Best wishes, Paul
  15. Regarding a Clio Mk 1 snapped torsion bar

    Steering and Suspension
    Re: RegarThanks for the replies, guys!ding a Clio Mk 1 snapped torsion bar Thanks for the replies, guys! Yes, I understand why changing the whole beam is the best option in most cases. My problem is that I like thinking...there is NOTHING on the web about getting the innermost broken section...
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