So I was all geared up to start the back corner of my Jeep Saturday. Got my filler, got my POR15 got my grinder and sander all ready to go. I start removing the tailgate hinges bolts. Take the four on the tailgate bolts out, no problem, then go to take the four on the body out. Not one of these sons of guns come out. The center of the every one of the hex bolts rounds out. So I break out the vice grips. Finally get the first one to start turning and it does just that ....turns and turns and turns without coming out.
So my question are:
1. What do the bolts back there bolt into? Is it a separate piece? Some kind of plate or something?
2. Is it worth it to just cut that piece off and replace the whole corner? I'm not a body guy at all so I would have to have that done.
3. In the future can I replace these god forsaken hex head bolts with regular bolts? If so, does anyone know off the top of their head, what size they are?