Mystery Find in the Driver's Footwell

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Mystery Find in the Driver's Footwell

Postby Dom » Thu 24.08.2017, 14:49

Afternoon, All.

I found this object in my driver's footwell yesterday, and am puzzled as to what it is. I think it fell out from behind the dash somewhere. There were also what look like two rivets lying nearby.

Can you identify it, please?

Many thanks,

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Re: Mystery Find in the Driver's Footwell

Postby dapinky » Thu 24.08.2017, 16:23

Dom,

It is what is known as a Big Head Bolt (they do nuts aswell). Designed to be bonded onto a surface that needs a thread - often used in Marine applications and fibreglass cars.

Not sure where that one has come from, as it looks remarkably clean - the only ones I know to be used on the Elan, are on the front clamshell inside the headlamp pod bracketry - although it's quite possible that they could be glued/bonded to the dashboard for some application or other.
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Re: Mystery Find in the Driver's Footwell

Postby lotusflasherman » Thu 24.08.2017, 18:20

Has yours got Aircon ? Parts Manual seems to show them being used to support the evaporator unit... maybe they were riveted and not bonded - looks too clean to have been bonded and broken away. Can you see where rivets were?

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Re: Mystery Find in the Driver's Footwell

Postby Dom » Thu 24.08.2017, 18:24

Thank you for the replies. Mine has no air conditioning. The bolt was on the floor below the clutch pedal, with the rivets further to the right. I can't see where it might have come from, I'm afraid.
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Re: Mystery Find in the Driver's Footwell

Postby cliff » Fri 25.08.2017, 09:10

Hi Dom

There are 2 of these securing the fascia, as you found it in the footwell, it might be the one holding the right upper side.

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Re: Mystery Find in the Driver's Footwell

Postby Dom » Fri 25.08.2017, 11:37

Ah, that could well be it. It happened after I fitted some foam to fill the usual "dash gap", which may be a coincidence, or may not be! The right side of the dash has always sagged a little compared to the left side, too. Maybe this is why.
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Re: Mystery Find in the Driver's Footwell

Postby Dom » Fri 25.08.2017, 11:38

Oh, and how do I reattach it?
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Re: Mystery Find in the Driver's Footwell

Postby lotusflasherman » Fri 25.08.2017, 11:54

Dom wrote:Oh, and how do I reattach it?


Big 'pop rivets'..

by 'Big' I mean something like 6.4mm ... www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6-4mm-Aluminium-Steel-Domed-Head-POP-Rivet-Blind-Open-Rivets-Choose-Length-/182280226193
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Re: Mystery Find in the Driver's Footwell

Postby dapinky » Fri 25.08.2017, 12:18

As they are designed to be bonded (hence the holes in the flange to allow the 'glue' to grip) - I would just see what it attaches to, clean it up and use a big blob of sikaflex.
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Re: Mystery Find in the Driver's Footwell

Postby clemo » Fri 25.08.2017, 14:06

Add lightness .

If its fallen of and its still standing then its over engineered . Throw it in the bin !.

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Re: Mystery Find in the Driver's Footwell

Postby Dom » Fri 25.08.2017, 17:17

clemo wrote:Add lightness .

If its fallen of and its still standing then its over engineered . Throw it in the bin !.

(or put on shelf)



Tempting, as nothing seems to have changed.....yet....
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Re: Mystery Find in the Driver's Footwell

Postby clemo » Fri 25.08.2017, 22:07

Dom wrote:
clemo wrote:Add lightness .

If its fallen of and its still standing then its over engineered . Throw it in the bin !.

(or put on shelf)



Tempting, as nothing seems to have changed.....yet....



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