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  1. #1
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    Default Series 4 removing the body

    Looking for some help.
    I recently purchased a barn find. It is a 1970 Lotus Super Seven Series 4.

    It is in pretty rough shape, the bonded steel side panels are rusted through in a couple of places, so it looks like the fiberglass body needs to come off, so we can have some new panels bent. The problem I have right now is the two rear bolts that go through the body, frame and rear trailing arm won't come out.

    This picture show the head of the bolt from the inside.

    This shows the view from underneath the car, the nut is off the bolt.
    The bolt turns inside both the suspension arm and the frame, but the bolt won't come out, I've tried pounding on the end with a punch and hammer and nothing is moving.

    Anyone out there that may be able to give me some direction or ideas??????

    Thanks you in advance for your help.

    Also looking for a complete running Kent motor and transmission assembly, let me know if you know of any around.

    Thanks
    Tom
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    What's going on between the suspension arms? It looks like there is a bent washer, which might indicate a retention pin of some sort through the bolt between the arms. Can you slip off the outer arm and investigate?

    Randall

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    Sounds like the bolt is binding. I had a similar problem with a steering rack bolt last week. I was able to get a thin chisel under the bolt head and lever it out.

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    Ran across this article. May be helpful, or at least a good starting point: http://www.simplesevens.org/anglocan...SIVClubman.htm
    xcarguy

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    Thanks Guys. It ended up the washer between the two bushings was rusted to the bolt, big time. Had to saw it apart.
    Thanks for the article.
    May need some help soon sourcing the bushing. Rubber is pretty rough.


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    where are you located? chances are someone is in your vicinity

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    Try these guys for bushings

    englishparts.com Engel imports [866-467-1776]
    Their P/N 119451 Replaces suspension bushing: Y419, 611-075, QHY419, & Y16
    1.35 each + shp
    Dave W

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