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Old June 12th, 2014, 05:31 PM   #1
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Long story very short because i'm on my phone (computer was packed away yesterday, i won't get it back til Virginia..)

I lost the front bolt for the clamp that holds the steering box to the beam, anyone know what size those are? I pulled the back bolt but it doesn't seem to want to thread in the front hole..

Thinking about taking it to a store to measure thread pitch and whatnot, buying a single die, and trying to fix it.. All my tools are on the truck with my computer :/
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Old June 12th, 2014, 05:32 PM   #2
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Er, tap, not die..
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Old June 12th, 2014, 07:41 PM   #3
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Old June 13th, 2014, 09:09 AM   #4
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This is just a guess, is it possible that one hole has been opened up to another size?? I've had to do that to a few threaded holes a time or two, makes things tough for the next owner, but I do whatever I hafta do to make things work

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Old June 13th, 2014, 10:05 AM   #5
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No, the M10x1.5 rear bolt seems to fit, just won't thread, bought a tap and new bolt today, but not sure when i'll be able to try putting it in.. Watching Genia clean her fridge so i can try and level it, then gotta get the kid to a hair cut appointment, then buy G more coffee, then get tickets for tomorrows father/daughter dance, then do whatever the hell genia says to do next :P
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Old June 15th, 2014, 05:40 PM   #6
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Finally got 5 minutes to myself to work on this...

Tap and bolt seem too big.. Going to buy an 8mm bolt next time i have a chance to run to the store and try it.. :/
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Tap and bolt seem too big.. Going to buy an 8mm bolt next time i have a chance to run to the store and try it.. :/
There is a noticeable difference between a 10 mm & 8 mm bolt, might wanna try a 3/8 - 16 bolt, it's about 0.015" smaller than a 10 mm


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This reminds me of my '79 Mustang GT. I bought a set of air shocks so I could pull our 17' wood sailboat and not have the car's butt dragging. Some of the car's bolts were SAE and some metric, but none of my wrenches fit. I finally went to my Whitworth set and bingo! (?)
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An M8 slips right in so it probably is an M10, I can't get the steering arm out of the way, going to limp it to Jim's Foreign Auto in Pine Grove tomorrow, I guess he specializes in vws, see if he can throw it on a lift and install the bolt for me...
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This reminds me of my '79 Mustang GT. I bought a set of air shocks so I could pull our 17' wood sailboat and not have the car's butt dragging. Some of the car's bolts were SAE and some metric, but none of my wrenches fit. I finally went to my Whitworth set and bingo! (?)

This make no sense! But, I totally believe you!


A couple of years ago I had an electric gremlin in my stereo. I took it in to the shop that installed it.

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"From time to time, the driver side speaker cuts out. When I roll the window down and back up - the speaker comes back on. But only when I am listening to XM radio. When I am listening to a CD and the speaker cuts out, the window trick doesn't work. You have to hit the dash above the radio."

He looked at me like I was an idiot.

Until I demonstrated the process for him.


"That makes absolutely no sense!" he said. "There is nothing related to each other in that whole thing!"

"Right", I said. "That is why you get paid. Have fun, I will be back later to get my truck."

He never could figure out why it did what it did. He did take it all apart, clean all the connectors, check all the wires and put it back together. It still workie - so I have no idea.


He also didn't charge me...
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Probably 10x 1.5. The rear body mounts, torsion plates and assorted other bolts on them are that size.
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Old June 17th, 2014, 09:51 PM   #12
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Go buy one of each so you dodnt have to go back and forth all day. It'll run you what, like $3?
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I was having trouble getting the bolt around a little arm thing under the box.. Found a local VW guy who runs a shop, left it with him for a couple of hours..
For $50 he got the bolts in with the locking plate things (sheet metal folded over so they won't spin..), discovered my rear axle nuts were loose so the rear wheels wobbled when they were off the ground O.O (never had em off the ground so i never noticed it..) and he also made some adjustments to the steering/ujoints or something.. All i know is i almost ran into like 3 cars in his parking lot and a tree when i got on the toad becuase for years i had like 5-7 inches of freeplay/travel at the steering wheel, and now i have none!

So if anyone finds themselves in Pine Creek, California, and need work, look up Jim's Foreign Auto Repair, he specializes in VW's, does good work and is a cool guy.
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Couldn't you turn the steering wheel to get the steering arm out of the way??

I know that a lift makes working on the underside much easier, but $50 seems like a lot to me just to put in 1 bolt

I'd like to get a lift, but they are way out of my price range, I used my engine crane to lift my cars up when I needed to work under them, & yes I blocked the cars up just in case something happened to go wrong while I was under it
I need to fix the hydraulic cylinder as it doesn't wanna go up much past half way, I hope it's just low on oil


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Turning the steering wheel while there is nothing holding the box to the beam just makes it jump all over the place, yeah $50 was kinda high, but he also torqued down my rear discs which were apparently loose and eliminated ALL freeplay in my steering wheel..
Since all my tools and everything i own was already on it's way to virginia and i needed that done pronto so my bug could be shipped, it was a damn good deal..
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$50 is cheap for a correct diagnosis, and saving your ass.
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