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2 minutes ago, Adoom said:

Can you drill a hole or two on either side of the tap, then tack the nut back in from the front side. Like how you do 'spot' welds with a mig.

Didn't think of this. The hook brackets large enough to hide any of the working so could get away with a touch up job.

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What about using a rivnut to solve your bonnet catch issue ?

Will save you having to mess with your panels and paintwork.

Might need to chuck one in the other side to level it out.

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5 minutes ago, Flash said:

What about using a rivnut to solve your bonnet catch issue ?

Will save you having to mess with your panels and paintwork.

Might need to chuck one in the other side to level it out.

Or just run a thin washer under the bonnet catch on the side with the original captive nut so that your catch is level. Hope this makes sense.

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54 minutes ago, Flash said:

Or just run a thin washer under the bonnet catch on the side with the original captive nut so that your catch is level. Hope this makes sense.

Makes perfect sense thanks. I was thinking of elongating the hole on the bonnet catch to fit over the riv nut if there's enough meat. This way it'll sit flat and the washer on the screw should cover it. As beens suggested here, I'll try drilling a couple of small holes and welding the existing nut in place first.

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If I'd read a bit further back I would have seen that @Nominal and  @rusty360had beaten me to the punch on the rivnut suggestion. Yep the tap being stuck in the now loose nut makes that a bit of a challenge but will at least help you hold the nut in place while you give it a few welds. All the best mate.

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2 hours ago, Flash said:

If I'd read a bit further back I would have seen that @Nominal and  @rusty360had beaten me to the punch on the rivnut suggestion. Yep the tap being stuck in the now loose nut makes that a bit of a challenge but will at least help you hold the nut in place while you give it a few welds. All the best mate.

Cheers. Yeah feeling much better after hearing the suggestions here. The tap will make a nice earth strap too....

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