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Need some advice, please.

My S4's at Esprit Engineering for some gearbox repairs. Whilst taking out the boot floor, Geoff noticed that one of the body-to-chassis mountings under the boot floor has "failed". I presume that means that the rubber portion has disintegrated, because Geoff said that the body is now pretty much resting on top of the gearbox casing - which is not A Good Thing.

So is it a great trauma to replace these things? I understand that they're glassed in to the body, so presumably I'll need to grind out the old one, prop up the body, laminate a new one in, etc, etc.

Has anyone done one of these before? I'd appreciate any words of wisdom.

Thanks,

Ben

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It's not a bobbin IIRC. I had the job done on mine last year - the whole RH rear wheel arch area was lifting from the chassis on tight corners.

I think CarlC is the expert on the repair, which is also detailed on an owner page within LEW.

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Thanks Stu. I hadn't spotted Carl's guide on LEW.

Eugh! It looks like a horrible job. I was thinking of delegating it - but from Carl's experience, a repair by "Esprit Specialists" doesn't survive very long. That steel plate looks like a very smart idea.

Right. I'm off to learn about fibreglassing.

Thanks!

Ben

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Caused much merriment having it fixed on Lottie - she'd been away for months having other bits fixed, and I printed Carl's guide off for my mechanic pal to follow. Of course, being skilled with spannering, he knew better - and initially used some sort of super fix-it goop that is allegedly 'the hardest fixative known to man' (sounds like 'No More Nails' to me).

Naturally, it fractured within the first mile...so he HAD to do it Carl's way in the end...and it seems to have worked. I think the engineering is the important bit - the glassing is mostly cosmetic, and that's hidden away anyway. Good luck though Ben!

Proud recipient of the LEF 'Car of the Month Award' February 2008

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: "Wow, what a ride!!"

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