Car Mechanics (UK)

We wave good­bye to our project Alfa Romeo GT.

- Alfa Romeo Automobiles · Belgium · Youtube · Alfa Romeo GT

1 The chrome-look cover on the han­dle of the glove­box was miss­ing when we bought our Alfa GT, but we found it in the pas­sen­ger door map pocket, seem­ingly in­tact.

2 Upon closer in­spec­tion, we found a threaded hole on the back of the cover and, luck­ily, we had sev­eral small screws that could be cut to size to se­cure it to the han­dle.

3 A se­cur­ing screw would have to be fed from be­hind the han­dle, but there was no room. After watch­ing a Youtube video, we drilled a 4mm hole through the aper­ture in the han­dle and through the glove­box lid.

4 We could now poke a small screw­driver through the hole in the glove­box lid, al­low­ing a screw to be tight­ened to se­cure the cover in po­si­tion. Now all we had to do was fit a screw, but there wasn’t the space to feed it be­hind the han­dle.

5 We de­cided to drill a 10mm hole through the back of the glove­box lid to en­able us to feed a screw through and se­cure the cover. First, we re­leased the hinges to give bet­ter ac­cess.

6 Using a 10mm wood drill bit, we care­fully drilled through the two pan­els in the back of the glove­box lid. These pan­els can­not be sep­a­rated and there’s no other ac­cess to the back of the han­dle.

7 Es­ti­mat­ing the re­quired length of screw, we cut one down to size using a hack­saw. Luck­ily, we had a few spare screws, just in case we got our cal­cu­la­tions wrong and needed a longer one.

8 Armed with a small screw­driver, we re­alised the screw wouldn’t re­main on the end of it when feed­ing it through the hole in the glove­box lid, so we added a blob of grease to hold it in po­si­tion.

9 After care­fully feed­ing the screw through the hole in the glove­box lid and the han­dle, we man­aged to thread it into the back of the cover. After a couple of at­tempts, we cut a screw to the cor­rect length and the cover was se­cure again.

10 So, the fi­nal item on our orig­i­nal job list could be ticked off. This was the cheap­est job we’d tack­led, but could have been a lot more ex­pen­sive had we sourced new or se­cond­hand parts.

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