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post #4 of (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 18, 08:18 AM
tp_smith
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Re: Cracked Off Front Fender Bolt - 1968

The bottom of the A pillar has a nut welded to the panel. The nut is surrounded by the rocker and cowl panel. There is no easy way to get to the top of the nut unless something is removed with a metal cutting wheel. The second photo shows the nut in question with a bolt threaded thru it:
[IMG]PASS A PILLAR 1 by Patrick Smith, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]pass rocker 10 by Patrick Smith, on Flickr[/IMG]


There is no easy way to get to it. There are patch panels available that will replace the rusted nut and any other rust on this panel. I would consider this panel as a last resort.

[IMG]pass a pillar 9 by Patrick Smith, on Flickr[/IMG]

If you cannot get the extractor bit out, then you might try this:
If there is no other rust damage, I would use a hole saw and drill out the surrounding sheet metal and the offending nut. I would take a flat washer and bend it to the same shape as the new hole in the car. I would weld a new nut on the washer. Then I would weld the washer and nut assembly on the car where I drilled the hole.

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