All of the new bits arrived for me to complete my rear suspension change. Happy day! I smiled an got down to start it.
Then this happened (see pic).
What you are looking at is a sheared bolt to hold the sleeper/crossmember to the chassis of the car.
I was merrily and carefully torqueing it up when I mentioned to Mr San (who was helping) "I don`t like this, its seems to be turning too easily", next second, BANG and the bolt failed, not even close to max torque. So that left me with a stub of bolt high up in a box section of the chassis.
After plenty of swearing and much gloomy conversation with the local friendly specialist (thanks Simon/Mike) the only option was to open up the bodywork in the boot and get in that way, welding it up afterwards. Not happy.
However, with a torch in my mouth and a screwdriver with a V cut in the end I actually managed to very slowly turn the stub of bolt back out of the body and all was saved. Thank the good Lord that I put coppaslip on the bolt!
The moral of the story (apart from don`t do this at home kids)? Always buy new bolts for high tensile areas and ALWAYS use coppaslip!