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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-18-2015, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Trunk hinges problems

After having installed the hinges, bracketry, etc.,
I installed the gasket on Monday, and yesterday the L shaped bracket popped out of the rivet.
Proceeded to MIG it back, repaint, and this morning, this is the result.

I am baffled, as everything has been assembled for more than 5 years
as the car was on mothballs, and the trunk lid operated without any issues.

Am I doing something wrong on the torsion bars installation?

Regards, Alberto
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Alberto,

I had a similar problem to yours. Below is a link to my solution. I've had it in place for about 3 and a half years without any problems whatsoever.

http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spid...hinge-fix.html

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The torsion bars are adjustable, and it looks to me like you've got them set on the maximum setting. I *think* the notch closest to the front of the car is the lowest setting. You may just have it set with too much spring tension.

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Thank you all for the great tips. It never ceases to amaze how many bright ideas are out there...

It turns out that the torsion rods were set in a parallel instead of an "X" pattern, which is the proper way.
Welded back the rivet, and reassembled the unit.

Now it all works perfectly. Just a bit of paint tomorrow and back in business.

My other issue is the trunk gasket, as it makes the lid stand too proud of the body work.

Anyone out there sell a really good rubber seal? I am thinking Cicognani in Italy, as probably, that is where everyone gets theirs.

I also need a new windshield gasket, as the "new" one I had,
promptly cracked at the corners upon installation.

Regards, Alberto
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Another Lid Torsion Bar Problem

I've been searching for information on how to assemble the lid torsion bars. My dad dissassembled years ago and forgot how to do it.

I tried yesterday after seeing many pictures and it seemed to work, but after I closed the lid the hinge bent and the spring went uppwards and hit the lid.

I would like some help to find out were is my mistake, some pictures show the 2 supports assembled differently. I'll try that today, but I will apreciate very much any help I can get.
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My other issue is the trunk gasket, as it makes the lid stand too proud of the body work.

Anyone out there sell a really good rubber seal? I am thinking Cicognani in Italy, as probably, that is where everyone gets theirs.

I also need a new windshield gasket, as the "new" one I had,
promptly cracked at the corners upon installation.

Regards, Alberto
Classic Alfa (in the U.K.) carries the proper trunk seal and new windscreen gaskets.

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I would like some help to find out were is my mistake, some pictures show the 2 supports assembled differently. I'll try that today, but I will apreciate very much any help I can get.
Well, for starters you've got the adjuster rod in the rearmost notch. That's the highest tension...you want to start with it in the farthest forwards.

Also, it looks like one of the brackets on the right side got bent or broken. It's possible that with the tension set so high it damaged the bracket.

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Well, for starters you've got the adjuster rod in the rearmost notch. That's the highest tension...you want to start with it in the farthest forwards.

Also, it looks like one of the brackets on the right side got bent or broken. It's possible that with the tension set so high it damaged the bracket.
Thanks for your reply.

I tried the first position, but there wasn't enough strength, so I tried the second and finally worked on third. It was properly working but when I closed the lid than the bracket broke and I'm showing on the picture.
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