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aargh my door striker nutplate has dropped

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So there I was merrily thinking I could shift my driver's door striker a little to make the door look better seated - little did I know that the nutplate into which the bolts are screwed would just drop away on removal of the bolts. Let me find a wall to bang my head in penance, especially now that I read from others what a well known no-no this is..

From what I can read on the forum I am either

in a world of pain and have to remove the entire driver's side fuel tank assembly 

or

I may be able to retrieve the shimmy from once I remove a sill inspection cover

..are these indeed my options and if so, where is this inspection aperture.. Is it revealed on the inside sill once the under tray has been removed? And even if this enables me to retrieve the nutplate, how can I 'offer it up' again in the right place..? That fuel tank seems very close...

 

Thanks!! 

1985 Turbo Esprit

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I reckon you’ll have to remove the engine bay trim panel first, then climb in and stick a slim magnetic pickup tool down between the tank and the bulkhead to remove the tapping plate. If you can’t retrieve it, then it’s time for a new one, obv.

Not sure whether you could replace it single-handed, I very much doubt it, but it’s going to take a bit of jiggery-pokery. I don’t know of any inspection apertures, but hopefully someone will swing by telling us there’s one nearby!

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Any chance you can access the base of the tank area through the bulkhead speaker hole? On the G cars (unlike the Stevens) the speaker sits in the tank void. You may have a speaker enclosure in the way if it's a factory fit speaker but worth a look.

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Not worth starting anything now...🍺

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I don't think all is lost. I managed to fit a shim between the nut plate and the body with the fuel tank in place on my 84 turbo. 

If you look under the fuel tank there is a large 15cm hole in the bodywork under the tank where the fuel breather exits. You may be able to feel in here and get to the nut plate with your hands of a magnet on a stick.

Failing that you can remove the engine bay trim that covers the fuel tank and get a magnet on a stick down this way. You should then be able to reach down the gap between the tank and and body to hold the nut plate in place whilst you screw into it.

You need to keep an eye out for any shims that go between the nut plate, the metal insert and the body, if you dont refit these when you tighten the door catch you will crack the body.

good luck but I think you can do it just without removing the tank.

C43 

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As @C43 says, remove the rubber bung below the fuel tank outlet and then use your fingers to feel around for the plate. However, the area isn't smooth and has a few crevices in the body shell moulding.

Perhaps a small mirror, or use a mobile phone to take photos with and without flash. I did this and retrieved it. I may have used the quartlight window initially also, as that would not have been installed at the time of my restoration.

You have to be careful when installing or adjusting these striker plates! Note: early S1s have a different striker plate holding arrangement.

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Many thanks gents - naturally I elected to take on this minor tweak whilst abroad in Holland, where I have no jack or much in the way of tools, but luckily my nearby brother in law has a good mechanic who is sympathetic to old cars, so hopefully he can have a go at this tomorrow or Tuesday. I found a Lotus specialist about an hour away also http://www.vansten.nl/Werkplaats/index_Lotus_werkpl.htm

18 hours ago, eeyoreish said:

Any chance you can access the base of the tank area through the bulkhead speaker hole? On the G cars (unlike the Stevens) the speaker sits in the tank void. You may have a speaker enclosure in the way if it's a factory fit speaker but worth a look.

I've had a look and unfortunately there is indeed the enclosure in the way.

The same brother in law has provided me with 'slightly slower' alternative transport.. I never liked these when I was young but they are bit wonderful now I feel (and it's all I've got :)!

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Look on the bright side - at least it’s the Shelby version of the 2CV, those stripes are a dead giveaway.

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And Roger Moore managed perfectly well with one for a while.

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Not worth starting anything now...🍺

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a piece of advice would be not to tell your friends or family about this otherwise expect some serious taking the pi**.

and whatever you do don't put it on the internet....

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Is there a tow bar on the back of the 2CV? Looks like you are pulling the Esprit. 


Jim McLeskey Richmond, VA USA

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