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3/12/13 9:12pm - Original Message: 'Does anyone know how to fix this?'
ROCKRDR
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got the screw drilled out than started to use an easy out and well the easy out broke,
and it doesnt drill out..

Is there a trick to replace this plate? or anyone have any ideals? I couldnt search the forums, I dont know what it is called.. 

Jason




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3/12/13 9:24pm - Reply: 'Re: Does anyone know how to fix this?'
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Not long ago there was a really good discussion on broken easy-outs. You are screw! 

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Someone may remember where it was but it seemed like it was really good way of getting one out.  I normally save those things but did not this time.


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3/12/13 9:41pm - Reply: 'Re: Does anyone know how to fix this?'
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Not really sure what we're looking at...it appears to be the t-top latch pin/bolt? Where exactly is the ease-out broken? I see a small phillip's head screw, then a large hex headed bolt...and maybe a screw in between?
Can you get at it from behind?

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3/12/13 9:50pm - Reply: 'Re: Does anyone know how to fix this?'
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Adams' Apple said: Not really sure what we're looking at...it appears to be the t-top latch pin/bolt? Where exactly is the ease-out broken? I see a small phillip's head screw, then a large hex headed bolt...and maybe a screw in between?
Can you get at it from behind?


Thats exactly what it is.. cant get to it from behind, If I could id replace it or make a new one :)

yes the center is where it is busted, the top bilt was to hold it in place, while i tried to nudge it out, doing so cracked the glass as you can see. :(


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3/13/13 3:11pm - Reply: 'Re: Does anyone know how to fix this?'
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I hate easy outs, there is nothing easy about them.  I generally drill and tap the hole.  but just thinking can you take that big bolt out and get behind it with something and maybe work it out. its worth a try.  other than that I have used those expensive drill bits to drill the easy out out, its not fun.  or worse case drill the whole thing out and put a nut zurt in there.

good luck

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3/13/13 4:25pm - Reply: 'Re: Does anyone know how to fix this?'
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dc502 said: I hate easy outs, there is nothing easy about them.  I generally drill and tap the hole.  but just thinking can you take that big bolt out and get behind it with something and maybe work it out. its worth a try.  other than that I have used those expensive drill bits to drill the easy out out, its not fun.  or worse case drill the whole thing out and put a nut zurt in there.

good luck

Paul


the big bolt is just keeping it from falling into the frame and disappearing :( 

yea I should of just tapped it and left it but too late now, got a PITA "easy" out stuck Censored

only alternative is cutting the fiberglass out and making one and fiberglassing a new one in there



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3/13/13 4:30pm - Reply: 'Re: Does anyone know how to fix this?'
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can you use a nut zert  or zurt.  they go in like a pop rivet,  basically a blind nut when your done.  
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3/13/13 11:25pm - Reply: 'Re: Does anyone know how to fix this?'
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dc502 said: can you use a nut zert  or zurt.  they go in like a pop rivet,  basically a blind nut when your done.  


yea if I could get the broke easy out..out :(

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3/14/13 6:29am - Reply: 'Re: Does anyone know how to fix this?'
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What type of ease-out is it? A spiral kind, or the straight "splined" kind? Not that it makes much difference, but the splined type might be easier to get out.
You might have to drill a couple(or more) holes around the perimeter of the screw/ease-out, and then try to dig it out from there. Just an idea. It's hard to judge what might be needed from the pic.


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3/14/13 8:32am - Reply: 'Re: Does anyone know how to fix this?'
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I'l cut it out and fill it with a strong fiberglass filler like Fibrall (awesome stuff - harder than the original fiberglass), mount the plate mark the location of the hole, drill with a 1/8 bit, and very carefully screw in a self tapping screw that matches the original screw head.

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3/14/13 11:48am - Reply: 'Re: Does anyone know how to fix this?'
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I don't know, guys....I think that plate is installed after paint....gotta be some way to get it up in there....I need to do a little research.....I could be wrong....... Ermm

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3/14/13 11:08pm - Reply: 'Re: Does anyone know how to fix this?'
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This is a complete guess from a guy who has never done bodywork but watched some on TV, so you're taking your chances here, but is there any way to spot weld a "matchstick"to the end of the easy-out like the guy in this video link? Then try spinning that with grips? Again, I'm a complete novice, if this sets your car on fire, I'm sorry but consider yourself warned. Can some of the more experienced guys tell me if this is a good or horrible idea? Thanks. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=bodywork%20dent%20removal%20spot%20weld&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDoQtwIwAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DcNVfrL3wOTQ&ei=OJlCUcW5Ns3E4AOhkYCoBg&usg=AFQjCNE7STXDhAW1hW2Ec89j8qZRz-7IEg&bvm=bv.43828540,d.dmg

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3/15/13 1:07am - Reply: 'Re: Does anyone know how to fix this?'
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BigShoes16 said: This is a complete guess from a guy who has never done bodywork but watched some on TV, so you're taking your chances here, but is there any way to spot weld a "matchstick"to the end of the easy-out like the guy in this video link? Then try spinning that with grips? Again, I'm a complete novice, if this sets your car on fire, I'm sorry but consider yourself warned. Can some of the more experienced guys tell me if this is a good or horrible idea? Thanks. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=bodywork%20dent%20removal%20spot%20weld&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDoQtwIwAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DcNVfrL3wOTQ&ei=OJlCUcW5Ns3E4AOhkYCoBg&usg=AFQjCNE7STXDhAW1hW2Ec89j8qZRz-7IEg&bvm=bv.43828540,d.dmg




Yea I saw that, I'm not that great of a welder, yea I would probably burn it to the ground Nuke

I'm thinkin of the ideal of just drilling the sm all holes around it. hopefully able to wedge it out and zert it..


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