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Old January 5th, 2007, 11:04 AM
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Retrieving Capture Nut from Bulkhead

Well, it happened. I'm in the middle of replacing the door hinge bolts on the bulkhead and I just dropped one of the capture nuts (the whole metal part including the piece crimped to the bulkhead) down into the cavity. Mind you this is the top one so it could be anywhere down there. I even tied a string to it, but it ripped off when it fell.

I tried to push it down to the bottom hinge holes so it would be easier to get out, but I'm starting to think that the area isn't open all the way down.

Does anyone have any tricks to get this sucker out? It'd be much appreciated!
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Old January 5th, 2007, 11:09 AM
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You can't reach it with one of those telescoping magnetic pencils?
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Old January 5th, 2007, 11:22 AM
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I can try that. The problem is you can't get straight down there. You need something that bends.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 11:45 AM
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It goes all the way down.

Clear the mud out at the bottom.

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Old January 5th, 2007, 12:27 PM
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Ok. Thanks, Ron. I'll see if I can get it all the way down.

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It seems to be stuck on some sort of shelf in there? I dropped another nut down there to see if it would fall all the way down, but still no luck getting the other piece all the way down.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 01:35 PM
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I just did the same thing but I had the front fender off. You can then get them with a long set of tweasers. You might have to do the same thing.. errrr which side is it?
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Old January 5th, 2007, 01:40 PM
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My 84 they go all the way down. I have a magnatic wand and a pair of grabber things on a stick for this. $1 each at the dollar store.

Or just leave it in there and buy a new one. :-)
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Old January 5th, 2007, 02:01 PM
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Man it must be the week for that I lost one wednesday night still looking for it.

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Old January 5th, 2007, 02:11 PM
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Or just leave it in there and buy a new one. :-)
That's sounding like a good idea. Good place to get one?

I see a couple wires up there if I point a flashlight, so chances are it's caught up there. I'm going to have to buy a single nut and that clamp thingy. Pain.


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I just did the same thing but I had the front fender off. You can then get them with a long set of tweasers. You might have to do the same thing.. errrr which side is it?
Driver's Side.

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Man it must be the week for that I lost one wednesday night still looking for it.

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Old January 5th, 2007, 02:37 PM
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We have them in stock, it's just a pain to buy one when you know where yours is.

http://www.roverparts.com/Parts/4009.cfm

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I think I might buy 2 or 3 just incase it happens on the other side! Now I just have to find the same size and threaded nut.

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Aw I missed having them shipped today! Ah well.

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$10.44 to ship three of those things?!
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Old January 5th, 2007, 03:41 PM
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I think I might buy 2 or 3 just incase it happens on the other side! Now I just have to find the same size and threaded nut.



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Aw I missed having them shipped today! Ah well.




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$10.44 to ship three of those things?!

You did miss today's shipping

The little bracket has the nut in it.

I can ship it Priority Mail for less then 1/2 that just let me know.

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Before you do this, stick the garden hose in the top and flood the sucker down!!!!
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Old January 5th, 2007, 03:58 PM
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The nut that comes with probably won't fit the new stainless bolts I was intalling. My kit came with new ones as the thread pattern is different than the originals.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 06:13 PM
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FYI everyone, the stainless ones I sold are 5/16" with 18 Threads per inch. Stock is 8mm, but using the 5/16 (which is within mils of being the same) allows replacement of the square nut in the J-nut holder, so there is a stainless nut for the stainless bolt which means less chance for corrosion.

It can be a hassle, but you can get those nuts out with a combo of unbent coat hangers, and whatever other tools you like. There is a little flange inside the bulkhead, but its easy to get things to fall off of it.
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After changing out my hardware, my door doesn't exactly line up the way it used to. I haven't fiddled with it much. Anyone got any tricks for getting it line back up? It doesn't look any different, just a little tough to open at times.
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Old January 6th, 2007, 01:27 AM
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If you didnt get the J-nuts positioned in the same places they were previously, then you'll definitely have thrown the alignment off, since the hinges will tighten down in slightly different places.

If you havent moved the striker on the door jam, you shouldnt be too far off. Loosen the hinges on the bulkhead side slightly and use a rubber mallet to tap them around to achieve better placement. The door often moves too far forward or back and the hinges need to be finessed into postition.
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