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    caged nuts problems

    I'm trying to take off the front apron of my 61 TR3A so I can eventually remove the engine. Everything across the top came off nicely. But in loosening the bolts inside of the wheel wells, all the left side bolts broke off at the bolt head, and on the right side all the bolts are apparently spinning inside the cages. Suggestions?

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    Re: caged nuts problems

    Definite Achilles’ heel. I’m reassembling mine after a complete body-off restoration, and I’ve had to replace two! On the left side, you can pry open one of the cage sides and remove/replace the nut. Use your vice grips to reform the cage. On the right side you can insert a screwdriver to hold the nut from spinning. Once you contact the paint, the nut should grip.

    I have a bag of spares if you need some— Jim

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    Re: caged nuts problems

    Another technique is to use "needle nose" vice grips to pinch the sides of the cage against the nut.
    https://www.amazon.com/Needle-Lockin.../dp/B06Y3NRNQY

    Dose the threads with PB Blaster (or your favorite penetrating oil), and let it soak overnight. Work the screw back and forth to help clear the crud out of the threads.
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    Re: caged nuts problems

    It might be possible on the side where the heads broke off to push and pry the fender over to clear the apron. The side that is spinning try the suggestions. You might be able grind the heads off with a small die grinder and deal with it later. I have seen a saws-all used but there is a lot damage done to the sides.

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    Re: caged nuts problems

    By far the fastest solution is to grind the bolts off to remove the parts. Then go back and assess the cages. Replace the nut in a good cage or drill out a bad cage and replace it all.

    For a Triumph restoration a grinder is more useful than a wrench in teardown.
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