I am trying to attach the fuel lid door hinge to the body. It is secured by two setscrews that have pointed ends to help locate them into the captive nuts in the body of the filler box (later type of XK150 fuel door).
So far I have failed to get even a bite into either hole without the lid - just the screws on their own. I first want to make sure the holes are “clean” enough to accept the screws easily. There does not appear to be anything other than surface corrosion on the nuts, and I’m confident if I can line them up they will engage without much trouble.
The issue is lack of any kind of space to properly line them up to get them started - there is hardly any room to see and line things up. I have tried using my fingers, and with the screw fixed into the end of a socket with clay or grease and on different lengths of 1/4" socket extensions.
Does anyone have any ideas or tricks for doing this?
I wonder if I can get a really long screw, say 3", make the end really pointy and then the head may be in the aperture where it will be easier to maneuver and turn with a socket. However this would only ensure the threads are OK, I would still have to do it for real.