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How do I get to the nut behind this bolt?

chromecarz00

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Thought the chassis was threaded, but apparently I'm not quite so lucky.
 

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Peter

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Body/chassis bolts should be M8 with a rectangular plate underneath and a washer on top, you should be able to get a socket up into the chassis channel to the nut without problems, I replaced all mine with stainless mushroom headed bolts that gives a smooth surface for the carpet. When done you can also take a grinder and cut back the body to the chassis and smooth it off, makes seats fit better and carpet smoother, surprising the difference 1/2" can make, she said.
 
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chromecarz00

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helpful AND funny?! Peter you're the whole package!

Unfortunately, I don't see a way to get to the bottom of the bolts - there is no opening for me to get in unless I remove a number of bolts and that seems unlikely to be the only way. I'll provide some pictures when I get a chance tomorrow.

In the meantime, care to share what those mushroom head bolts you have look like?
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
Not quite sure what your plan is. The washers underneath are up inside the perimeter frame:

Beetle body washer.jpg

The bolts, as Peter mentions, are inserted from the top with their own washers:

Beetle body to chassis bolts.jpg

In many cases, getting to those perimeter bolts is impossible without removing the side pods first, since the pods wrap the chassis at the bottom. If your pods are glassed in place.. you're SOL unless you cut the pods free.

Why do you want to get to the bolts?
 

chromecarz00

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I was trying to see if it's possible to get the carpet under the bolts, but replacing them with the mushroom bolts seems like a good idea.

However, I'd still have to get the bolts off. My side pods are molded in, am i SOL?
 

islandman

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I was trying to see if it's possible to get the carpet under the bolts, but replacing them with the mushroom bolts seems like a good idea.

However, I'd still have to get the bolts off. My side pods are molded in, am i SOL?

Why would you want to put carpet under the bolts and leave them exposed ? One would typically carpet over the top of them to hide them ?
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
I was trying to see if it's possible to get the carpet under the bolts, but replacing them with the mushroom bolts seems like a good idea.

However, I'd still have to get the bolts off. My side pods are molded in, am i SOL?


If the bolts aren't loose or corroded, leave them alone. Since your pods are fiberglassed in, then yes, your are SOL if you wanted to replace them. You could trim back the sides from underneath to expose the rails, then do your thing, but better to leave well enough alone. If you were doing a body-off restoration, that would be an entirely different story.
 

Peter

Active member
BUT,,,,, just in case you do get a rush of blood to the brain,
A2 Stainless M8 Carriage / Coach / Cup Square Bolts (DIN 603)
Is what I use, but of course the Cimbria/Eagle side shirts are 3" away from the channels.

Drilling 1 1/2" access holes in the pods under each nut is one way and filling with a blanking grommet when done. but,,,,,,,, as has been said, cover with carpet, hide, conceal, tidy. *thumbs up*


p.s. steady with compliments, I have a reputation to uphold.*oh my*
 
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