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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 20, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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fender bolt access

Hello,

I am removing the front clip and as always one bolt will not come out. The driver side, bolt underneath, closest to the door is just spinning the clip. (or broke the tack).

If I go through the pain of removing the driver toe kick, is that bolt/nut accessible? My other option is to grind the bolt head off. From what i have read, grinding the bolt sounds easier than the toe kick.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 20, 10:31 PM
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Re: fender bolt access

Not sure what's the best approach, but the fender holes are slotted so you can probably pull/pry the fender out anyway if it's just the one spinning bolt holding it.

Here's one thread showing how they accessed the spinning nut....https://www.camaros.net/forums/12-bo...der-mount.html

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I would cut the head off. When you get the fender off you will most likely find that the side cowl is rusted. Even if it's not rusted that is where I would cut hole in it to get to the nut.

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Re: fender bolt access

Pretty sure the nut cannot be accessed from the kick panel area. Cut the bolt head off, then once the fender is off, cut a 3 sided "window" above nut area, bend sheet metal "window" out of the way to access nut. Probably loaded with dirt and rust, vacuum and use bolt penetrant (PBlaster, etc). Use a vice grip or welded nut to work the bolt loose. Once you have cleaned the nut and ensured it is in good shape, bend the window back and mig weld the seams, finish/paint as normal.

I had to do that on one of my bolts.

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 20, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Re: fender bolt access

thanks for the replies, cut off wheel it will be.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 20, 03:13 PM
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Re: fender bolt access

It's a weldnut, not a cagenut. I've done this numerous times. Cut a window from the outside (the saddlebag) weld in a new nut and finish up the job.

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Re: fender bolt access

cut the bolt tonight and removed the rest of the front end. Thanks for the replies.
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Re: fender bolt access

I never cut a window but have heated the weld nut and removed the bolt. IIRC I put the heat from the inside after removing the kick panels. My car is completely apart. I may have fixed the frozen bolt while replacing the outer rocker. Not real sure.

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Re: fender bolt access

just a cut-off wheel (electric or air), then a MIG to weld the cuts back up when done. You will need a welder for the nut too since it seems to have broken loose.

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just a cut-off wheel (electric or air), then a MIG to weld the cuts back up when done. You will need a welder for the nut too since it seems to have broken loose.

I have everything to cut and weld. Anyone have a pic of one done before,,, I do not want to cut to little, and then cut again,,,, but also don't care to make a huge hole if it is not needed.
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Just go up from where your bolt is. If you have your kick panel off , just reach In And get it out. If it's spinning, it's broken off. Use a magnet it's a big chunk of metal. You could also weld a nut with a washer made into it from the bottom hole. Just make the hole a little bigger, and tap the nut I place, then weld around it . Very easy.
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Just go up from where your bolt is. If you have your kick panel off , just reach In And get it out. If it's spinning, it's broken off. Use a magnet it's a big chunk of metal. You could also weld a nut with a washer made into it from the bottom hole. Just make the hole a little bigger, and tap the nut I place, then weld around it . Very easy.
I have first gens in the shop with kick panels removed. You cannot reach in there and take the weld nut out. It's blocked off.
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Well sorry about that. It's been a few years since I did a first gen. I did replace my saddle bag covers. I guess that's what I was thinking. Getting old sucks. I have built my last first gen Camaro. Building tractors and Chevelle's now.

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