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Old 13th June 2019, 16:00   #1
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we have a 75 connoisseur cdt se saloon and a 75 conniosser se cdt tourer

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I am going to get the big welder out tomorrow and try to fix this.


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Old 13th June 2019, 16:15   #2
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needs long thicker plate as a load spreader
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Old 13th June 2019, 16:21   #4
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I post some photos of the job as and how l do it.


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Old 13th June 2019, 17:52   #5
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From what I've read, fatigue like that can be caused by the spring-loaded lid lifting modification. Several threads discuss the problem, so if there's no springs now, was there in the past? I must keep an eye on mine, which has the lift kit.

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From what I've read, fatigue like that can be caused by the spring-loaded lid lifting modification. Several threads discuss the problem, so if there's no springs now, was there in the past? I must keep an eye on mine, which has the lift kit.

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Ah, I couldn't tell from the gigaphotos.
Anyway saloon owners note.


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It is a design flaw - if you think about the loading on the pin, all the weight is pushing downwards, this gets transmitted through the pin to the plate.

Now, if the plate had been welded to the outside of the panel, it would spread the load beneath it, BUT because they wanted it to look nice and not be a rust trap, the plate was attached to the rear of the panel so all the force goes through the two small spot-welds

In fairness, they've lasted very well considering the age of our cars.

If you can carefully weld it back into place, just gently unscrew the ball and insert a large repair washer underneath it to spread future loads

All Tourer owners should do this BEFORE the mount cracks and breaks
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It is a design flaw - if you think about the loading on the pin, all the weight is pushing downwards, this gets transmitted through the pin to the plate.



Now, if the plate had been welded to the outside of the panel, it would spread the load beneath it, BUT because they wanted it to look nice and not be a rust trap, the plate was attached to the rear of the panel so all the force goes through the two small spot-welds



In fairness, they've lasted very well considering the age of our cars.



If you can carefully weld it back into place, just gently unscrew the ball and insert a large repair washer underneath it to spread future loads



All Tourer owners should do this BEFORE the mount cracks and breaks


I going to put a plate over it and weld both sides sonic zs l have both of them to do.


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Old 13th June 2019, 20:30   #10
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Fit weak struts, problem solved
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