Re: What am I going to do!!!!
I did the opposite; I put the late skid plate on my 76 frame after a tranny/Xcase swap, and here's one way to do it. Jack your skid plate up and double check for straightness, Mark where the holes line up on the frame and drill the frame slightly larger than the bolts to be used, I used 3/8". Now take some plate stock about 1/8x1x2" and drill in the center with the same bit. Now weld or braze the nuts to the plate stock over the hole. I usu. put a bolt with anti-seize in the nut while welding to protect the threads. Now add a piece of thin welding rod or coat hanger lengthwise. This will allow you to fish the plates into the frame and position over the holes. Once again anti seize is a good idea if you want to avoid breaking the welded nuts loose when disassembling. It works. Good luck.
76 CJ5,2.5" lift/Rancho 9000's,258/T-177/D300,HEI,Offy,Locked F&R