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Old 16th June 2019, 13:07   #21
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Hi Artic
Those prevention plates look good.
Do you have any dimensions or part no. For them, as I would be interested in a set.
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Old 16th June 2019, 15:27   #22
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Hi Artic
Those prevention plates look good.
Do you have any dimensions or part no. For them, as I would be interested in a set.
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HI Chris.
No problem I was going to say I had already posted up the links on post 18
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Old 16th June 2019, 19:23   #23
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Prevention is better than cure, add a plate before it get to the point of tearing out, had this happen on my first Tourer lesson learnt. in your case it is a bit to late like my first Tourer, anyone wanting prevention plates at our next Nano meet please come and see me.
Hi Steve, looks a very good preventative job, just to ask you some members have said that the ball point bolt screws onto a nut which then falls off never to be seen again when the bolt is undone and then there is nowhere to screw the bolt onto again having inserted the plate, is that true, and if so how do you manage it.
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Old 16th June 2019, 19:42   #24
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Thumbs up Job is as they say .. A good 'n.

Two of my ZT-Ts suffered from this metal stress fatigue.

Got small reinforcement plates welded and the attached images show what was done. Those attached images before angle grinder smoothed and repainted. No more trouble. Job is as they say .. A good 'n.
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Old 16th June 2019, 20:41   #25
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Hi Steve, looks a very good preventative job, just to ask you some members have said that the ball point bolt screws onto a nut which then falls off never to be seen again when the bolt is undone and then there is nowhere to screw the bolt onto again having inserted the plate, is that true, and if so how do you manage it.
Hi Mario.
I can only presume that those members are referring that if the area as failed that if the ball point bolt is removed the nut then falls inside the channel?

As you can see from the photo's below the ball joint as been removed and the fixing nut is still intake.

Gas strut attached to the ball bolt.
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The preventive plates.
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Weak spot just to the left of the strut.
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Tease out the spring clip with a flat bladed screwdriver & at the same time use bull nosed pliers to tease the strut off the ball.
4

With the strut removed from the ball bolt rest the strut at the top of the tail gate, it is also best to use a broom stale or get someone to hold up the tailgate to make sure it does not come crashing down due to having only one strut holding it up.
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You will now need a ratchet /ring spanner I think it is 15mm the ball bolt can now be cracked loose.
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Once cracked loose you can remove the bolt with your fingers.
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Remove the ball bolt completely from the body.
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The ball bolt can new be matched with the plate.
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Insert the ball bolt through the plates oval hole this allows for adjustment
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Offer the plate to the car body & screw into the nut hand tight.
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Once you are happy the plate is lined up correctly
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Use the spanner to tighten the ball bolt.
14

Then pop on the gas strut to finish the job, repeat the other side as I said in the other post this is only good for preventive measures not to fix an already failed area.
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So yes the nut never fell inside when i fixed the plate ? cheers Arctic.
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Old 17th June 2019, 07:50   #26
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Hi Mario.
I can only presume that those members are referring that if the area as failed that if the ball point bolt is removed the nut then falls inside the channel?

As you can see from the photo's below the ball joint as been removed and the fixing nut is still intake.

Gas strut attached to the ball bolt.
1

The preventive plates.
2

Weak spot just to the left of the strut.
3

Tease out the spring clip with a flat bladed screwdriver & at the same time use bull nosed pliers to tease the strut off the ball.
4

With the strut removed from the ball bolt rest the strut at the top of the tail gate, it is also best to use a broom stale or get someone to hold up the tailgate to make sure it does not come crashing down due to having only one strut holding it up.
5

You will now need a ratchet /ring spanner I think it is 15mm the ball bolt can now be cracked loose.
6

Once cracked loose you can remove the bolt with your fingers.
7

Remove the ball bolt completely from the body.
8

The ball bolt can new be matched with the plate.
9

Insert the ball bolt through the plates oval hole this allows for adjustment
10

11

Offer the plate to the car body & screw into the nut hand tight.
12

Once you are happy the plate is lined up correctly
13

Use the spanner to tighten the ball bolt.
14

Then pop on the gas strut to finish the job, repeat the other side as I said in the other post this is only good for preventive measures not to fix an already failed area.
15

So yes the nut never fell inside when i fixed the plate ? cheers Arctic.
Thank you Steve a very informative how-to, I was wondering are you in a position ton supply the plates for a charge, I would be very grateful if it was at all possible.
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Thank you Steve a very informative how-to, I was wondering are you in a position ton supply the plates for a charge, I would be very grateful if it was at all possible.
Hi Mario.
Sorry I can not supply the plates but have posted some links from where they can be purchased

https://www.the75andztclub.co.uk/for...3&postcount=18
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Hi Mario.
Sorry I can not supply the plates but have posted some links from where they can be purchased

https://www.the75andztclub.co.uk/for...3&postcount=18
Yet another thank you to Steve, I fitted these plates yesterday very easy to do following the great pictorial guide, the plates are expensive to buy at 7.51 GBP incl. delivery for two, however they are well worth it if they prevent a much more expensive repair.
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For anyone who needs a relatively cheap fix, I found that using a 150mm long, 10mm wide bit of steel, some JB Weld and large pop-rivets provides a sturdy fix.
Looks awful, but I'm well aware that a lot of owners are running these cars as 'bargain basement' machines - and it provides a cost-effective solution.

Drill 4 matching holes along the strip and area around the failed mounting (one of the middle holes is where the ball joint itself fits).
Use JB Weld on the back of the strip when riveting in place, and then once fixed apply around the edges of the strip to take the loading when in use.

Has worked for me opening the boot around 5 times a day (it's my load-lugger) and still holding fine several months later
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