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    This looks like a manufacturing tool that has been hidden since the car was built in October 1971.
    It looks like a thread tap. It was covered in carpet glue and carpet laid on top. Found due to restorations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arunine View Post
    This looks like a manufacturing tool that has been hidden since the car was built in October 1971.
    It looks like a thread tap. It was covered in carpet glue and carpet laid on top. Found due to restorations.
    My guess is a stub axle out of something. The groove/s in the thread is more than likely the areas where the fixing nut is deformed to lock it.

    It seems too long to be a tap and doesn't have the correct thread profile.

    It's interesting to speculate...

    Another thought is that it was the "tool" used to lay the carpet. Quite often the floor is covered in contact adhesive and the edge of the carpet glued. Then a round object is moved between the carpet and the floor as it is progressively stuck down. This stops the carpet getting wrinkled.

    Is the thread metric or imperial

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    ....must've been a Friday car....

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    Apparently not uncommon in the 1970s for Italian cars to have Communist leaflets and other literature left hidden in door panels, under carpets, etc. Keep looking, you might find a stale baguette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arunine View Post
    This looks like a manufacturing tool that has been hidden since the car was built in October 1971.
    It looks like a thread tap. It was covered in carpet glue and carpet laid on top. Found due to restorations.
    I think you are looking for a very hungry short French pirate stowaway (probably ate the parrot years ago)...

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    Whilst the car is 'stripped to it's fighting weight' just see what insert nuts it fits. Could be a nut-sert tool for the seat belts or some such. The Morse taper/shaft indicates a power drive of some type.
    When you find out where it goes another 'mystery of life' will be solved, well at least for the French Car lover South of the Equator!

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    That would be Citroen special tool part number L05T
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    That would be Citroen special tool part number L05T
    Very Clever! Ha Ha!
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    The tool has been painted many times in what looks like Gris Rose as the previous paint was chipped. Although I agree it looks like a Morse drive, there is no damage to the paint on that end. I will try the seatbelt anchors as suggested.
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    The non threaded end looks a bit like the end of the rear anti roll bar where the clamps go.

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    I would guess that it is some kind of machine tool to go into a lathe. The end with the two flats is just like a punch that I have that belonged to my father. It was a modified machine tool to fit a lathe chuck. The threaded end I believe would screw into the work piece and the taper would pull up tight to make sure that the work ran true in the lathe and also effectively drove the work piece without slipping. The other side of the work piece would be supported by a centre point in the tail stock of the lathe.
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    my 2c: given that it has been found in a car body, seems unlikely it is a machine tool, does it not? ie if it were to fit into a lathe or somesuch, it is hard to see why it would have come near the body at all. that said, the taper and flats do imply that sort of a purpose.

    it seems to have overspray all over it, except on the thread. so it appears to have been in a spray paint environment a number of times, when screwed into something else. could this be a tool to temporarily hold the car body up while being painted, or something along those lines?

    even if it were a hand tool, it is hard to see why it would be covered in paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexander View Post
    my 2c: given that it has been found in a car body, seems unlikely it is a machine tool, does it not? ie if it were to fit into a lathe or somesuch, it is hard to see why it would have come near the body at all. that said, the taper and flats do imply that sort of a purpose.

    it seems to have overspray all over it, except on the thread. so it appears to have been in a spray paint environment a number of times, when screwed into something else. could this be a tool to temporarily hold the car body up while being painted, or something along those lines?

    even if it were a hand tool, it is hard to see why it would be covered in paint.
    With blokes in and out of the shell as it moves down a line and the propensity to put things in pockets and then have them drop out, who knows where the part originated? It may not be correct to assume that it had anything to do with the production line at all!!!!
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    Looks like the end of a drill bit that my dentist used when filling teeth hence the red paint er blood.

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    Default Inspector Cleuseau

    Maybe this fellow will be able to solve the case.

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    You mean Inspector Closeau. Probably a tool to be used to hold up,or place something about to be spray painted,in position,and most likey either a road wheel,or air cleaner,or anything else that was painted in the Gris Rose colour.
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    I cleaned the carpet glue off the threaded end after I found it, just to show the thread properly.
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    Ha!
    I know exactly what it is now.
    It's a conversation piece to keep on your desk for the next 39 years.

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    The Bureau de Bastarde put it in there just to inspire conversation and speculation in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    The Bureau de Bastarde put it in there just to inspire conversation and speculation in the future.
    Certainly a very effective strategy!!!!

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    I suspect that what you have there is a bolt to secure the chassis to the carriage on the assembly line.
    This explains the twin flats, coats of paint and the taper locator.

    I have seen similar items on other types of moving plant lines.
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    Problem Solved, this sounds the most likely explanation.

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    Good work Closeau...

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    Clouseau actually!

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    Default Inspector Cleuseau

    Quote Originally Posted by Amopallas View Post
    You mean Inspector Closeau.
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    Clouseau actually!

    Even the bloody French can't spell it.

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