.. I could cry. Well, almost.
To the point. I have a facelift Exclusive. Been looking around for an sri interior for a few weeks, when Paulhb offers his for sale. Mett at 7am this morning, loaded my car and travelled home after coffee and a good chat.
Went to Halfords for a T40 and T45 bit, and vauxhall for a new seat clip for the rear bench (£9 inc VAT!!), nad drove home full of anticipation and eagerness for the "hour long" job of swapping over. Disconnected the battery, made a coffee, and attacked the rears. Side bolsters were a bit of effort, but got them off and put the sri in. Great, rear cup holders and centre headrest.
Then the problems began. Took the bolt of the drivers side rail, closest to the door, easy as pie. Went for the one the other side, one twist, it loosened, then rounded the head. Much cursing ensued, followed by another coffee, and on to the passenger side, thinking "I'll come back to that in a bit". Undid the first bolt, closest to the middle of the car, easy. Went for the door side one, twisted, loosened, rounded.
Had a look on here for ways of getting them off, and went to a local engineering firm we use from work. Got replacement bolts, with allen key heads, and was told the same as on here - drill it. I've drilled the passenger side one for an hour and a half, and it still not deep enough to get the ecxctractor in they lent me. Haven't attempted the drivers side, far too annoyed and fed up.
I know have an sri rear, and exclusive fronts.
What are my options? The engineering place said about cutting the rail, which would render the seats useless, but if it gets them out I'll do it. But, even if the rail is cut, I still can't get to the bolt. These bolts are serious heavy duty, and have that blue threadlock stuff on them.
Is there anything I can do at all?
And thanks for indulging me in my moan!
Think I'll go out now and get drunk, might help!