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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-21-2006, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Convertible Top-Screw hole stripped

I have a 1988 Veloce. On the passenger side windshield frame, the "clamp anchor" that clamps the top down has a stripped screw hole as the screw keeps falling out. Can I just re-tap to a larger size ? Any remedies ?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-21-2006, 10:55 AM
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If the glass were out...I would say weld it...redrill it...tap it. But with glass in...I am going to say either tap it larger for a new larger screw...OR if you want to use the current screw..put in a helicoil. Still will have to drill and tap for the helicoil.

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Are the hole threads badly damaged or mainly the machine screw? You might try a new machine screw. If that's no good maybe try a coarse threaded screw (or self-tapping screw) to see if you get a bite in the metal. Those are both non-elegant fixes. The proper elegant fix is to helicoil it. I don't think drilling and tapping for a larger screw is practical since the bracket's is made for the smaller screw diameter and screw head.

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You might also consider using a rivnut for this repair. There should be enough room for one in the windshield frame. They really work well in thin metal applications. I wouldn't think there is enough metal for a helicoil to get a good bite into. Just another thought for your consideration.

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Thanks for the ideas. I will ponder them. Excuse my ignorance but what is a helicoil ? That sounds like a good fix but not sure ehat it is. Also the idea about the rivet. That could always be drilled out if necessary to remove.

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Here is some info on Helicoil:

Helicoils work very well.

Rivnuts are also very effective. It's not a rivet, it's a rivnut. It's like a rivet, only much larger diameter with a threaded hole in the middle. Here is more info:

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