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Removing Engine Bars

Postby The Hairy Camper » 14 Oct 2018, 23:40

So i removed the engine from my van recently, had to unbolt the engine bars as the bolts holding the engine in were nice and rusty :D

I'm sorting the rust and wanted to remove (and replace) the old bolts. I managed to remove some old bolts and one engine bar came off but the bar below will not budge?

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I tried plus gas, a hammer and putting all my weight on it...nothing. Any ideas??

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Re: Removing Engine Bars

Postby RogerT » 16 Oct 2018, 08:48

Heat?

If you’ve a plan to replace the bolt could you use a destructive method? Drill/grinder?
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Re: Removing Engine Bars

Postby The Hairy Camper » 16 Oct 2018, 09:26

RogerT wrote:Heat?

If you’ve a plan to replace the bolt could you use a destructive method? Drill/grinder?


Cheers Roger, heat is probably the next thing i should try. I don't think an angle grinder will help? The gap underneath is petty tight, and the bolts and washer (on top) have been removed now. Crowbar?

I think there is a square metal washer on top of the rubber mount which might of seized? On the other side it just crumbled when i took the bar off.
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Re: Removing Engine Bars

Postby Oldiebut goodie » 17 Oct 2018, 21:23

Where is the problem? Nut or head of the bolt?
If it is the head just angle grind into it vertically rather than horizontally making several cuts then wrench the head off. You don't need to get underneath the head at all. I should think that the bolt is seized inside the mount rather than the bracket on the bar. By the look of most of the underneath replacement mounts will be needed anyway so no need to be gentle with it.
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Re: Removing Engine Bars

Postby The Hairy Camper » 17 Oct 2018, 21:40

Oldiebut goodie wrote:Where is the problem? Nut or head of the bolt?
If it is the head just angle grind into it vertically rather than horizontally making several cuts then wrench the head off. You don't need to get underneath the head at all. I should think that the bolt is seized inside the mount rather than the bracket on the bar. By the look of most of the underneath replacement mounts will be needed anyway so no need to be gentle with it.


The bolt or underside i believe. Nut and washer have been removed and i've applied tons of plus gas...but despite the other bar coming off easy, this one won't budge? Heat and a crowbar next i think.

Any idea what type of washer goes on top of the rubber engine mount? I'm sure there is one there, but i can't find it online anywhere?
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Re: Removing Engine Bars

Postby The Hairy Camper » 30 Oct 2018, 16:35

Got the bugger off with a crowbar in the end :D

Went at them for an hour with my new polycarbide disc for my angle grinder today.

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