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Unread 04-02-2010, 03:12 PM   #1
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Trying to remove body-frame bolts, one is spinning

I am trying to remove the body-to-frame bolts in order to install a set of nerf bars (side steps). I have to remove 2 bolts on each side. I managed to get the rear of the two on the drivers side loosened. However, the front just spins. This is the mounting point right behind the rear shackle of the front spring (below your feet when driving).

I can look up under there with a mirror and see a square flange welded in place. It looks like whatever the bolt threads into is just spinning with the bolt.

Anyone have guidance on how to proceed? I was thinking I'll have to drill it out though I'm not even sure how to do that. Should I cut the bolt off with a sawsall, then drill the part that is left (upward, into the frame mounting point)? I could imagine if I get the old bolt out, I'd just use a new bolt with a nut and washer since I can access this one. Thoughts on that?

I'm waiting to proceed on the passenger side in case this becomes too big an effort I'd rather have one PITA bolt to correct than 2 or 3.

Thanks.

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Unread 04-02-2010, 03:20 PM   #2
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This Might help you...

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That wont help. He is talking about the body mount to the tub under the drivers seat.


The bolt is situated right in front of the seat brakets under the slope into the driver foot well.

Cutting into the the tub is the only way I know how to truly fix this.
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Unread 04-02-2010, 03:28 PM   #4
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Damn you are right,I swear he was talking about the tcase,I'm gonna take a nap.
By the way rusty,awesome job on the faq sticky.
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Unread 04-02-2010, 03:45 PM   #5
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What? No, no, no...don't leave! I am talking about the body-to-frame mounting bolt that is located just behind the front spring. It's the one that is just about in line with where the front fender mates to the tub. I can access the top by reaching up and over a brace. There is a metal plate and I'm guessing a nut is below that plate and is spinning. It's the one that is forward of the one under the seat (the Rusty mentioned).

Help me please......
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Ah that one. Cut it off, pop it thru the top and put a new bolt with a stack of fender washers in there. That square plate is there to hold the nut in place. If you have access to a welder, just weld a new nut/plate in. Otherwise, just cut it off and pound it thru.
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Ah that one. Cut it off, pop it thru the top and put a new bolt with a stack of fender washers in there. That square plate is there to hold the nut in place. If you have access to a welder, just weld a new nut/plate in. Otherwise, just cut it off and pound it thru.
Cool. I just took a BFH and hit it upward and the bracket that captures the 'nut' came loose. I peeled it up and can see the big, square 'nut'. Just need to cut off the bolt unless I can somehow hold the 'nut' in place and use an impact wrench.

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A vice!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Yes, working on my Heep has been called a "vice" by my wife JK, I'll see if I can get a pair of vise grips on it and go to town with an impact wrench.
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Awesome, I was able to cut off the bolt and replace with a trip to the hardware store. The other 3 came out no problem. Got the nerf bars installed. I think it's time I become a paying member here...I've gotten a lot of good advice. Thanks again Rusty!
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