Re: Rear grab handles.
Derry Argue wrote:
> "jermec" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in
>>Mein Gott. My beloved and I spent the most excruciating hour and a
>>half this afternoon attaching two of the above mentioned handles to
>>the rear crossmember of our 90. There must be someone in Solihull who
>>is very well advanced in his sadism apprenticeship. I didn't know
>>fingers could bend in these directions.
>>Come on now group, and tell me that it could have been done in 5
>>minutes if only we'd undone bolt X.
> Oh, how I do love to be a know-it-all!!<vbg>
> I solved this one by taking a length of wire (about 15 inches) and making a
> tight loop on the end. Shove the nut into the loop so it is held by
> friction. You could probably add a drop of super glue or wrap the wire
> around a couple of turns but I didn't find that necessary. The wire I used
> is about 1mm diameter.
> Insert wire and nut into the end of the cross member. (OK, so it falls off.
> You need patience!<g>). Carefully locate the nut to the hole from the
> outside (it can help to have someone poke a nail or wire through the hole
> about 1/4 inch). Now, trying not to move the nut and insert the bolt.
> Very gently, turn the bolt to mate with a thread. Now attempt to tighten.
> At this point, the nut may become detached from the wire, but if you gently
> pull the bolt it will draw the nut up to the inside of the cross member.
> Now tip the bolt to one side so one of the flats of the nut engages with
> the flat inside surface of the cross member and carefully tighten. You will
> need to pull on the bolt as you tighten, but it can be done provided nut
> and bolt are an easy fit. You will find you can torque down to a reasonable
> force but if you try to go over the top, the nut will probably spin. I
> found I could tighten it sufficiently using this method.
> One important point. Make sure the nut and bolt easily screw together
> before you start. It can be done and it is actually a lot easier than my
> description reads. Once I had done one, I found the rest a dawdle. No doubt
> the device for holding the nut could be improved upon (glue?), but the
> above worked for me.
Yep been there, as above but when making the loop add bar across the
back, kinda like a basket. In other words create the loop and then bend
the wire back around the rear of the loop, this way the nut will sit in
there better and when you engage the bolt you wont push the nut out the
Another way is to use a bit of mild steel flat bar cut to lenghth, drill
and file a hole the diameter and dementions of the nut, just like a long
spanner, don't need to have all the flats, 2 will do.
If neither of these is your cup o tea, there's always the gas axe and