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Anyone got any genius methods other than drilling nut and chiseling it off

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Here's something that is worth a try:

 

First clean up the rust as best you can with a wire brush. Turn the shaft around if possible to get at all sides. Then heat it with a torch and apply wax to where any threads may be.
It will work when a nut and bolts threads are flush to each other. The wax will flow into the threads and loosen the stuck item.

 

 

Maybe not, though...Seafoam Deep Creep, anyone? (look to the end of the vid)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIunR4VL5vc

 

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Atwell Haines

'88 Esprit

Succasunna, NJ USA

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Don't know if you can get a nut-splitter on there, but that can work, especially if you can rotate the shaft and hit it from both sides and open up the ID of the nut.

Or use a cutoff wheel (or rotary tool) to completely grind away one flat of the nut carefully until you just see the tips of the threads starting to show. Then hit the nut with a sharp cold chisel to rotate it anti-clockwise, or gradually peel it away from the stud.

Not really a spot where you can hit it with torch....

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Penetrating oil every day for a week would be my first choice. 

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2 hours ago, C43 said:

Penetrating oil every day for a week would be my first choice. 

And, make sure you use a QUALITY penetrate. WD-40 isn't that effective.

 

Don't know what is available on your side of the pond, but around here we use Kroil, PB Blaster, or even Armor-All (yes Armor All) for those daily applications. Assist the penetrant with some vibration (a few smacks with a plastic hammer).

Here's that Deep Creep stuff from the video:

https://seafoamsales.com/product/deep-creep-penetrating-oil/


Atwell Haines

'88 Esprit

Succasunna, NJ USA

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Plusgas is very good too. 

http://www.plusgas.co.uk/

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+1 for Plusgas. 

BTW whilst you can't get a flame on the nut a really good heat gun and some heat proof cloth to protect the body works well. 

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Thanks guys. Agree in my experience plusgas is far superior to wd40. Anyway my solution was to carefully drill down the side of the nut then split with a chisel. Came off fairly easy. Did nick just a tiny bit of thread but the dampers are so rusty i will probably replace them even though they seem ok. 

The springs seem ok. Same length and dont see any issue with them except a bit of rust. Is there anything paint designed for springs i can use to brighten them up?

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You could just run a die onto the damper threads, then follow up with anti-seize, if you are not replacing them.

 

I used regular paint on the springs of an old car I restored, held up fine for the 10,000 miles I had that car.


Atwell Haines

'88 Esprit

Succasunna, NJ USA

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Just get a set of the Irwin nut removers, they work. I've used them on all sorts. 


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On 23/07/2019 at 02:00, Barrykearley said:

Biggest pair of grips and swear words

The swear words.....most helpful 

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