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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 02, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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I looked under my 68 beater & noticed the subframe connector bolt near the driver firewall was loose - just dangling & the bushings have fell/rotted off. I tried wd40 several time & a ratchet with a pipe extension on it for leverage, but I could not loosen the bolt.
I even broke the ratchet! Do you guys think an impact wrench will get that sucker loose?
How about that part that the huge bolt screws INTO - is it reproduced today?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 02, 06:06 AM
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those cage nuts can be tough. I recently replaced my subframe bushings with solid ones from Competition Engineering and had a little trouble getting them loose myself. I soaked them in penetrating oil repeatedly, and finally had to hit them with the impact gun. Did the job!

I don't know if the cage nuts are repro'd. Good luck.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 02, 08:38 AM
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I had the same trouble with my nova when I put poly body mount bushings on it. I had one of the rear one's caged nut break loose...not fun. A 15 minute job turned into a 3 hour PITA. The ones on my nova by the firewall can be gotten to from the top side by removing the fender...maybe the camaro is that way too? I ended up replacing my bolt with a cad plated grade 8 bolt, nut, and lockwasher.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 02, 10:40 AM
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You can access the cage bolt through the lower corners of the firewall. You will see a hole on each lower corner. I broke one of the bolts and had to remove the cage nut itself. I broke the old bolt with a breaker bar and a pipe. I also used an impact socket. I was pulling the frame so I had to get it out. After it finally broke, upon further inspection, it looked to be welded together (rusted), so all the WD40/Liquid Wrench in the world was not going to losen it. I just drilled and tapped the nut. Hope this helps.
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