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Unread 12-20-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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1983 Rear body mount bolt stripped

I was replacing body bushings and think I stripped the bolt above the gas tank. Any suggestions on removing the bolt?

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Unread 12-20-2013, 12:36 PM   #2
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I assume your talking about the support arm mount / rubber body mount at the crossmember. Did you strip the bolt's head or is the bolt itself turning in the body mount in the bed support? Theres really no good way for access without dropping the gas tank. I would normally say to either apply some heat or to weld a nut to the bolts head, but I wouldn't recommend that with the tank right there and the possibility of gas vapors.
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Unread 12-20-2013, 01:30 PM   #3
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The bolt spins. The head of the bolt is still good.
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Unread 12-20-2013, 01:48 PM   #4
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I assume your talking about the support arm mount / rubber body mount at the crossmember. Did you strip the bolt's head or is the bolt itself turning in the body mount in the bed support? Theres really no good way for access without dropping the gas tank. I would normally say to either apply some heat or to weld a nut to the bolts head, but I wouldn't recommend that with the tank right there and the possibility of gas vapors.
The bolt spins. Is the nut located in the channel?
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Yes, so theres really no access other than cutting in to it from the topside. It's just a large square nut. Theres some pictures of it in my build thread probably around page 5 or so. I don't have time at the moment to copy the pics to this thread or I would.
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Which mount is it? if its one in the wheelwell I cut two slits where the channel is, the bent up the tab, then drilled out the spot welds that captures the nut, then got a long chisel and broke it loose, then fished it out.
Then welded a nut to a piece of 1/8 plate steel just a little smaller than the channel and fished it in to line up with hole, then beat the tap back down and welded it back up.
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Which mount is it? if its one in the wheelwell I cut two slits where the channel is, the bent up the tab, then drilled out the spot welds that captures the nut, then got a long chisel and broke it loose, then fished it out.
Then welded a nut to a piece of 1/8 plate steel just a little smaller than the channel and fished it in to line up with hole, then beat the tap back down and welded it back up.
It's the mount right above the gas tank on passenger side.
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I had to do exactly what Yahwhy did on three mounts. Cut a flap in the sheet metal above the mount which will allow you access. Use a LOT of anti-sieze on all threads when you reassemble.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 07:05 AM   #9
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I had to do exactly what Yahwhy did on three mounts. Cut a flap in the sheet metal above the mount which will allow you access. Use a LOT of anti-sieze on all threads when you reassemble.
Did you cut a hole on top behind the rear seat?
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Unread 12-22-2013, 09:56 AM   #10
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I cut mine out from the bottom. Going from the top would be easier to do but heres what your up against.

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