[Saloon-lovers] 1962 MK2 Rear Bumper Removal

(tedwone) #1

Is there a secret, besides lots of patience, for removing
the rear bumper from a MK2? The bolts are barely accessible
and can be turned only about 1/4 turn at a time. I’m not
sure if I am doing something wrong or if that’s just the way
it is. Additionally, one of the large bolts is frozen in
place and I am not sure if there is a way to remove it
without damaging the bumper. I have sprayed penetrating oil
around the rubber mount and the bolt head, but I am not
optimistic about the oil seeping into the threads. I may try
heating it, but that may lead to other problems.–
tedwone
Hesperia, California, United States
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(Andrew Waugh) #2

In reply to a message from tedwone sent Tue 19 Jan 2016:

Ted,

Getting them off is always a struggle - don't think I've 

ever removed a bumper without at least one spun captive nut or
the large bolt completely rusted into the rubber mount. Work
your way around and remove what you can, but then put them back
in/on, just a couple of threads. This will stop the bumper from
falling off and scratching itself or the paint while you are
fighting with the problem areas. I can’t remember for certain
if it was a Jag or not but I do remember cutting through a
rubber mount with a wire saw once.

Putting them back on isn’t exactly a walk in the park if you
are on your own either.

Andrew–
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and can be turned only about 1/4 turn at a time. I’m not
sure if I am doing something wrong or if that’s just the way
it is. Additionally, one of the large bolts is frozen in
place and I am not sure if there is a way to remove it
without damaging the bumper. I have sprayed penetrating oil
around the rubber mount and the bolt head, but I am not


1968 3.8S
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(vellis48) #3

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It’s always seemed to me that putting the bumper back on again, or
rather doing up the bolts, is one of those jobs that must have
been just as difficult in the factory–
Vince 1964 Mk2 3.4
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(DaveMoore) #4

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Agree. It is a pig. Probably replacing the rear and front
windscreens is about the same level of difficulty.

Patience and long fingers required.

Dave–
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(tony) #5

In reply to a message from DaveMoore sent Tue 26 Jan 2016:

had to take my rear bumper on/off several times, and I loath
it ( 420G).

I have refined the process, easy if you TWO assistants
( usually I extort family members)

All they have to do is support each end, I give them a
little chair.

All bolts are heavily copperslipped.

To install, I do one bolt each side first, then the 2 big
ones, them the other side bolt each.

remember the mounts have some freeplay if their bolts are
loosened–
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Agree. It is a pig. Probably replacing the rear and front
windscreens is about the same level of difficulty.
Patience and long fingers required.


Tony
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(Paul) #6

Old thread, sorry, but just about to tackle replacing my rear bumper.

Is there a sequence? Start with the bolts securing the bumper to the rubber or the ones securing the rubber to the car?

Paul

(Paul) #7

Right, bumper off. Took 15 minutes… easy. All the bolts came loose easily. Yes lots of inch-by-inch turning and a little fiddly, but with a little patience, no problem. When they were all loose, the bumper hung by itself and was easily removed.

However, the new bumper does not have captive nuts in the side mountings… how does one take those out of the old bumper and put them into the new one?

Cheers
Paul

(Paul) #8

Right, they are not captive, they are called caged nuts, and if you have a little bendy metal, you can easily pry them out the old and drop them into the new using and allan key to support the nut from the back.

Rear bumper is back on. Took 20 minutes on my own. Not that big a deal - maybe I was lucky.

Paul