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I've read a dozen how-to s on "dropping the steering wheel" to get the dash out and every one says it is a PITA and then moves on. What I want to know is HOW to do it! I don't see a capture nut or anything that looks like it would help, just those 2 "bumper bolts" sitting there! Do I drill them out, use a punch and try to turn them out, or just a stick of dynamite and blow the little (censored) suckers straight to the place opposite heaven! Please someone a little more detail!

After they (whose name should not be spoken) are out, any suggestions on the hood opening cable? This one won't move a single mm so after I loosen the handle from the bracket I have a solid rusted inside rod to trace through. This is the rustiest car I have ever worked on!

Rant over, but help still needed! -- Doug
 

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I've read a dozen how-to s on "dropping the steering wheel" to get the dash out and every one says it is a PITA and then moves on. What I want to know is HOW to do it! I don't see a capture nut or anything that looks like it would help, just those 2 "bumper bolts" sitting there! Do I drill them out, use a punch and try to turn them out, or just a stick of dynamite and blow the little (censored) suckers straight to the place opposite heaven! Please someone a little more detail!

After they (whose name should not be spoken) are out, any suggestions on the hood opening cable? This one won't move a single mm so after I loosen the handle from the bracket I have a solid rusted inside rod to trace through. This is the rustiest car I have ever worked on!

Rant over, but help still needed! -- Doug
I cut a slot in them and turned with a flat head no problem.

You can drill them out too. Just order new captures nut things or tack weld a new nut on when you damage the threads.

You can replace with a standard hex bolt. The bolts are not a safety feature. That is a misconception.
They were an easy way to torque the bolts to spec and ensure they weren’t tampered with by people.
 

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Hopefully hood latch mechanism is not rusted.
There is 1/2" hole in firewall, behind dash, that is there, just for that purpose.
Use coat hanger or anything you can bend into a hook, snake it through hole, and snag lever that cable goes into.
Pull lever back.
https://www.opelgt.com/forums/2a-body-doors-bumpers/2218-help-hood-latch.html#post15357
The mechanism has been removed but the cable is rusted solid and I need to remove the cable to remove the dash (it goes through a hole in the lower part of the panel). It is really stiff so I will probably cut it off short and leave the carcass until later. -- Doug
 

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I cut a slot in them and turned with a flat head no problem.
That's the way I did it too
Wish you were here! No problem cutting the slot (a little tight but the new Dremel worked well). However, there was no turn left unstoned! Drilled them out and moved on. Matt's "yellow" car is nearly naked now, fully stripped and getting her brother Orange ready to meet the AZ Motor Vehicle Department inspectors. I'll put some pics in soon but don't let your children look! :yup::bs2:

The major problem with the stripping down was things were glued down (center console to carpet, etc). Matt will be a couple of days here in AZ, then head home with Orange on the trailer and a title in hand for the border guards. Thanks for all the input. Last task of the day today was dropping the engine for better access to the panels being cut off for repairing the "V-8 will be really good in there" cuts.

Doug
 

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This might help, but if you have already cut a slot in the bolts, maybe not. I drilled a hole in the center of each of the four bolts and used a "bolt extractor" to get them out. Worked well for me, I never thought about cutting a slot in the bolt head. There are different size bolt extractors, my only advice is to use one (small) so you don't strip the head off the bolt.

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IIRC, the proper way, according to the FSM, is to drill and then use a bolt extractor. I've drilled them and used a bolt extractor, cut slots and I've used a chisel to spin the bolts. I think the chisel may be my favorite method. No power tools needed. Now that my wife has a cordless Dremel I may have to reconsider.

Harold
 
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