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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-12-2000, 08:23 AM
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welded in-frame nut un-welded

I'm sure we've all experienced this one.

In looking to replace the factory front shackle hangers, one of the nuts (rear shackle hanger/steering box) inside the frame has un-welded, so I can't get the bolt out. Any suggestions?

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Re: welded in-frame nut un-welded

I have replaced them by taking off the front bumper and punching the old nut assembly out. Then put a grade 8
bolt in the hole and put it back together. If you don't want the bolt to turn when you put the nut on you can weld it in there or weld something to the head of the bolt to cause interferance so the head doesn't turn.

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Re: welded in-frame nut un-welded

I personnaly havent tried this,but I think it would work.Drill a small hole right beside the bolt and either stick smaller bolt in the hole or weld it.That should keep the nut from turning.The heat from a weld would loosen the grip on the bolt also.

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Re: welded in-frame nut un-welded

Yep, this is common. I torched out a small section of the frame so I can get a wrench in there and get at the nut.

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Re: welded in-frame nut un-welded

I punched out the captive nut, drilled the hole thru the top frame rail also, then got 4.5 inch ( think 4.5 inch0) grade 8 bolts down thru the top to stick out the bottom like studs. put some sleexes (small pipe from lowes) inside so the frame doesnt compress
weld the tops ( carefully isolate the heat so you dont soften them too much!)
hold hte tops with a wrecnh when you tighten the down so you can really load em up good without breaking the welds
I did this to the entire front driverside on mine ( steering box mounts) some previous owner jerky welded the box brackets to the frame -crossmember-bolts were all wedled on, it was a real work of "ART"



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Re: welded in-frame nut un-welded

I had this same thing happen to my 1981 CJ-5. I pulled the front bumper off and got to the nut with a box end wrench. Used grade 8 nut/bolt to finnish the job. You could cut the bolts off and drill out the hole and finnish the same way.

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