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    Draw Latches - Options?

    I think I want to put draw latches on the rear body panel to make engine tune and work easier and more accessible. After an hour of searching the interwebs I've determined everything is either expensive, or not aesthetically pleasing. Being the choosy beggar that I am, does anyone know of something that's aesthetically and wallet pleasing?
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    Nic, not totally sure what you mean "Draw Latches" on the rear panel?

    If you mean an easy way to make the rear panel removable one option I used was to weld bolts to a flat section of bar that itself is glassed at a couple of points to the body. That way no ratchet to be attached to both nut and bolt to undo them. It becomes a one-arm through the engine cover job to undo the six nuts then drop the rear panel. The protruding bolts also make it easier to locate and put the panel back also

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    Dzus fasteners are not expensive, just need to build an inside flange to take them on the body and holes in the rear panel. or same construction but using trapped nuts and screws. either way they are undone from outside.
    Old rear engined Skodas use a flange with three nut and bolts each side but means getting inside to undo them..
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    These are quite popular and I have been meaning to fit them on my car though I do think Dave's solution is best

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    Hi David,

    For simplistic example see this site -https://www.boatoutfitters.com/black-adjustable-draw-latch
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    Unless you recess them like a GT40 hood, nothing is going to look right. If you're looking to remove the lower rear valance as a whole, which it sounds like you are, think on this: make the rear light panel and the rear valance one piece. Have a solid structure - an aluminum tubing support - behind the light panel area that you can discretely bolt to (behind the license plate, behind small velcro removable panels..), then use a simple strap and bolt system at the wheel wells to draw those edges tight and together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic View Post
    Hi David,

    For simplistic example see this site -https://www.boatoutfitters.com/black-adjustable-draw-latch
    If you mean something like this on the exterior personally I wouldn't go this route. You have been doing a great job on fit and finish on the interior that this would spoil that OEM look.

    My suggestion is either go the route I suggested with effectively captive bolts so the job becomes a one-arm nut tightening exercise to attach the rear, or as Rick suggested removeable rear light section. Take a look at what Alistair did, which was effectively that, to give great access to his engine bay. I'm sure he can post a suitable picture to illustrate.

    edit : Try these three links from Alistairs thread to give the idea with and without the panel fitted


    http://www.euro-nova.co.uk/vb/showth...l=1#post119768


    http://www.euro-nova.co.uk/vb/showth...l=1#post119768

    http://www.euro-nova.co.uk/vb/showth...l=1#post119808
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
    These are quite popular and I have been meaning to fit them on my car though I do think Dave's solution is best

    https://www.carbuildersolutions.com/uk/m5-nut-plate

    I used these for for my side panels and rear bumper. Drill an oversized hole in the flange for the bolt to pass through into this. Fitting secured with countersunk rivets. Then bolt up with stainless bolt and large washer. I used a spring washer under bolt head too for security. Myself and engine shop have had rear bumper on and off many times simply.

    The other evening I removed both side panels and rear bumper single handed in 30-40 mins :-) and that included time to bag up bolts and stow panels neatly etc.

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