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Post by philipmasonfrance » Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:26 pm

OK, OK. After 21 years of GTC ownership I'm STILL clouting the front spoiler. But this time I've knocked about a foot out of the spoiler. Still attached when I got home, but now looks like it's missing some teeth. Sooooo, time to take the front spoiler off for a major repair. Each side I can see two VERY rusty 37-year old bolts towards the outside of the bumper/spoiler (remove fan to get at the outer bolt?), but are there any other fixings I need to be aware off? Any hints/tips to ease removal would be greatly appreciated.



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Post by Corky » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:06 pm

Unless yours if different, the spoiler is part of the front bumper (same as 6B bumper). There are about a dozen set screws to remove, and it's not a quick job :(

You'll need to remove the front headlights, and spare wheel tray to get to them. I found the easiest method was to get two breaker bars, one on the nut and one on the screw. With enough leverage you can snap the bolts in half. Once you've cleared those, you'll find another row that screw into a captive nuts on a plate that is in turn screwed to a crossmember. These are usually easier to get out, but you'll probably find that the plate is like a lace curtain by now, as they do tend to rust. When you put it back together, you'll find that you don't actually need the plate and captive nuts, there are enough of the other bolts to hold the bumper assembly firmly in place.

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Post by philipmasonfrance » Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:03 pm

Thanks, Corky. I think you've convinced me to repair it in situ!!



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Post by DARK STAR » Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:14 pm

On mine the end bolts were the only ones attached :roll:
There are now about eight, but most are quite accessible once you are upside down with your head in the spare wheel compartment.
I didn't put the reinforcing bar in the middle because it was sculling about under the radiator and I didn't realise what it was.
So if yours has got one it might be more complicated ...


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Post by philipmasonfrance » Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:39 am

"Upside down in the spare wheel compartment"? Hmmm. James is coming over this morning. Could be a job for him.......



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Post by DARK STAR » Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:58 pm

I think you can reach the end bolts via the heater inlet holes - but of course you can't see them ...


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Post by simmit » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:10 pm

I recently removed both heater blower units and had same difficulty with rusted nuts/bolts in that same area. Angle grinder with thin cutting disc did it for me (be careful though, it'll go through fibreglass like it's butter).



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Post by philipmasonfrance » Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:02 pm

simmit wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:10 pm
I recently removed both heater blower units and had same difficulty with rusted nuts/bolts in that same area. Angle grinder with thin cutting disc did it for me (be careful though, it'll go through fibreglass like it's butter).
Tell me about it! But at least fibreglass is easy to repair.



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