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Unread 06-16-2014, 04:42 PM   #1
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Broken Body Mount Bolts... how to remove the remnants?

I am working on removing the body of my '84 CJ7 in order to repair a couple things and do a general clean-up of the frame etc. well, when removing the body bolts, some broke. Both of the bolts in front of the rear wheels were so rotted away that less than half of the bolt diameter was there. so, my question is this, what is the best way to get the bolt remnants out of there? I have read about cutting holes to remove the bolts/capture nuts and then re-welding the metal back down..

what I have been thinking about doing is to use a hole saw to gain access and instead of welding things shut, I want to find some body plugs to plug the holes.. the reason for this thought is that I would prefer to just get some grade 8 nuts and just have access for a socket on the top and bottom.

is this a doable plan? or is it a terrible idea?

thanks very much.

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Unread 06-19-2014, 08:35 AM   #2
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Anything is doable. You would have to treat the area for rust and put a rust inhibitor on it. Most hardware stores sell different types of plugs so you could match sizes before drilling. Or you could make a hole patch and weld it back on the body.
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Unread 06-19-2014, 09:48 AM   #4
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nobody knows??
We can likely teach you some new cuss words, but your idea is the best idea so far.... Not one came out of mine.
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The problem there though is the capture cages obscure the actual square nuts that are inside them, so all you have is the bolts end sticking up, which may only be a short 3/8" stub.
Heres what the rear bed support nuts are like. I had all mine but one either snap, tear out the surrounding body, or just would not come out, such as these.
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The problem there though is the capture cages obscure the actual square nuts that are inside them, so all you have is the bolts end sticking up, which may only be a short 3/8" stub.
Heres what the rear bed support nuts are like. I had all mine but one either snap, tear out the surrounding body, or just would not come out, such as these.
yeah, I had one of the bed supports start just spinning so I had to cut the bolt.. I will look at it some more when I pull the body.. should be interesting... guess I will need to buy that welder before I initially planned on it.. hopefully lowes will take a harbor freight coupon
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