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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-09-2001, 03:57 AM
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Skid-plate help

Hey guys, got a question. Finally got my 350 in my jeep, thanks to Steve Parks' Busch racing shop in CT. I was fortunate enough to use his shop for my repairs cause my buddy pits for his # 31 wheelan car. Anyways, what I need to know is..WHen I trie to mount up my tranny and t-case my bolts weren't holding. Are there nuts welded on the inside of the frame?? Please say no. If there are, has anybody ever fixed this? Do I need to cut out holes in my frame and weld nuts on, then weld the frame closed? I wanna drive this thing bad but dont want to weld the whole skid-plate up because then Ill have to fix it again for sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again guys.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-09-2001, 05:37 AM
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Re: Skid-plate help

yes, there are nuts welded to the inside of your frame.
You are going to have to cut slots along the side of the frame above the holes so you can hold a nut there to put a bolt though.

post #3 of (permalink) Old 05-09-2001, 07:45 AM
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How did you get hooked up with the guys at Park's Race Shop? Have you found any good locations for off road adventures in CT?

I live in the Northwestern corner of CT and I am always looking for new spots.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 05-09-2001, 07:46 AM
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Re: Skid-plate help

you could drill and tap the holes to a larger size, or weld a stud in the hole and use nuts on the bottom also.
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Two of mine were stripped out and I just drilled them out and re tapped to the next larger size,unless the nut has broke loose inside the frame.

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Re: Skid-plate help

They are thin little sleeves on the bottom inside.
They can be tapped one size larger but that makes the walls of them pretty thin.
There ARE some new replacment 'crush' sleeves available to replace them.
Basically you drill the old ones out, stick one up in the hole and when you tighten up on them a bulge area below the female threads at the bottom of the new sleeve crushes, expands and rivits its self inside the new hole.
This is an ideal fix! I found them at my well stocked local industrial 'fastiner' store.
Another practical solution is to drill all the way up through the top of the frame rail then drill a little larger bottom hole and insert a crush tube much like how the side frame motor mount holes are designed.
Then run a long bolt all the way to the top of the channel and use a nut and washer up there. The crush tube prevent the frame from caving in and loosen the bolts. Unfortunately, this method weakens the frame somewhat as the top and bottom channel sides are the most critical.
The 'cut the lower frame side and weld a nut in there' method is your other option ... but that IS a messy operation.
The 'weld a stud' is a pretty good idea ...
You could cut a slightly larger fresh thread, screw in a stud and then penetrate a weld all around it.

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