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Old 07-23-2020, 06:16 PM   #1
mward
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Default 41 Merc radiator and trunk latch questions

I posted this on the HAMB, originally, and they suggested that I post it here.


I have my great-grandparents' 41 Merc sedan that I'm working on getting running again. I've run into two issues, one of which is my own doing.

First, the problem of my own making: When I pulled the radiator to swap the motor (the original was stuck and needs rebuilt, so I've got a '40 Ford motor in until I get time to do that), I was terrible at bolt management and don't remember what held the side braces in. Are those just regular bolts that stick out and have a washer to keep them in the slot?

Second, the trunk latch slips when the handle is turned, so the latch isn't retracted. I've confirmed that the latch is loose, though a little stiff. In looking at how to take it out, I see there's about a 2-inch nut that backs the handle and two screws on the bottom to hold the latch in position (either side of the latch in this image, just out of frame):


two small flat head screws on the inside of the door:




I can get the screws out, but I don't see how there's enough space to get that size of box wrench in to loosen it. Is there a special wrench needed to be made to fit in that space and loosen the nut, or is there a trick to just holding the nut and starting to spin off the handle from the outside?
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Old 07-23-2020, 06:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: 41 Merc radiator and trunk latch questions

You can use a 12 pt socket on square Bolts and nuts they make special 8 ptsockets . Ive got an old craftsman set .
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Old 07-24-2020, 11:59 AM   #3
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No way to get a regular wrench in there. I got one on my '41 loose by tapping the points on the nut with a blade screwdriver and a mallet. Probably best to give it a day or two of liquid wrench or Gibbs to make the job go easier.
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