Car Mechanics (UK)
We wave goodbye to our project 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.