skid pan bolt up problems 78 CJ-5
i was attempting to remove the skid plate in anticipation of replacing the clutch a little later. the PO welded the plate to the frame and the bolt at the rear most passenger frame bolt. after grinding out the weld, i removed that bolt and the others (one of them broke off, i could kick myself for using a cheater), loosened up the plate except for the torque arm and found when i was going to bolt it back up that i have two i can use on the driver's side and none any good on the passenger side. three of them you can slide the bolt up into the frame as the nut assembly welded into it, or however it is made is gone completely, and the front most bolt on the passenger side is rusted into the threaded assembly in the frame and just spin the whole assembly, but will not tighten or loosen to rempve the doggone thing. since the frame here is boxed on all sides, and i know this is probably a dumb question, but how to i rectify this situation so i can bolt the plate back up to the frame? ther is nothing for the bolt threads to bite into and i can't get a nut in there, any and all suggestions are appreciated, including how to get the one wayward bolt out that is as useless as it can possibly be. i guess the PO's solution to this rpoblem when he came across it was to do the welding. that seems counter productive to me.
thanks in advance
Last edited by jimdubose; 10-18-2009 at 04:03 PM..