After the longest wait, I bought a Lupo Gti. Hurrah! in New member? Posted October 16 · Report reply It looks like you answered your own question there. I suppose if the bolt is threaded into both sections, that huge load is distributed evenly between said brackets... But yeah it was a pita to get the catch strap from the fully closed position to the fully open one. I had to use a g-clamp and lots of swearing. I think I’m still in favour of doing a hinge swap. I will borrow a giant torx bit from next door and make my way over to Wokingham again (or possibly eBay). Re. the paint overspray it looks like the whole shell has been sprayed. If you look very closely there are tape lines around the door openings on both sides as well. I sort of get why you’d leave the rear windows in place if they’re ok, but the rear light clusters are definitely easier to remove than to tape for painting?! It’s not been written off or anything though. I’ve bought a check!