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Old 02-13-2010, 05:16 PM   #1
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HELP! 83 Chevy Cab Bushing Nut Spins

Hi Y'all,

Need some help, aka: suggestions. I went to pull the very two rear cab bushing this afternoon. The drivers side came out nice and easy. The passenger side however, I have a problem. Apparently the impact broke free the tack welds on the nut holding the bolt and the bolt now just freely spins. The nut is inside an encased support and you cannot get to it without either:

A: Cutting it open
or
B: Drilling open from the top inside the cab on the back shelf to reach it.

I'm kinda stymied by this. If anyone has had this happen to them and can pitch in some wisdom I'd appreciate it. I don't want to make matters worse.

I just got home and have some pictures. Give me a moment to post them.

Thanks!

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hammer in a pickle fork and use a ratchet to loosen it slowly.
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or use a floor jack to lift cab and put pressure on nut to loosen
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Cut the head off the bolt.
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You will have to cut an access hole inside. I've had to do it a couple of times.

I tried the things mentioned above too, and no dice. Had to cut it.
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Hi Y'all,

This morning I went to work on the truck. Using a 7/8" circular drill bit, I cut a hole in the side of the support to expose the nut. A screw driver would not hold it, however, there is plenty of room for a MIG to get in there and weld the nut. I will have that done on Monday or Tuesday, then close the hole back up. The keeper inside was destroyed. Honestly, GM needs to have their head examined for such a stupid design. The nut isn't welded in place. How stupid can you get. I'll post up pics shortly. I just got home.
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just wait till the cage on the door striker wallers out.
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just wait till the cage on the door striker wallers out.
My door strikers are in perfect shape. No problems there. Nor will there be any!
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i had the same problem last year when i swaped in poly bushings. i did the same thing by cutting a hole in the back of that channel "my bed was off" cut the bolt and pulled it in 2 pieces. then just stuck a washer and lock nut in its place and tacked it in place, then filled the hole with foam in a can, shaved it down, spreayed some undercoating on it and done. i know its kinda half @$$ed but i was being impatient with it.
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From my interior build thread which has grown into the frame restoration....

Well, today I picked up the battle with the undercoating, but first I attempted to deal with the spinning cab bushing nut inside the sub frame of the cab. I took my Dewalt Cordless and used a 7/8" circular bit to cut a hole right in front of the nut. My hope was to be able to use a screw driver and hold the nut fast while getting the bolt out. NO GO. What I discovered was that the keeper that GM uses to hold the nut was completely destroyed to the point it couldn't hold the nut. It had been previously spun as the bushings are not GM originals. Apparently a case of over tightening.







The screw driver didn't work, so tomorrow I will have the nut welded in place and then close up the hole. This should resolve the issue for another 25 years!
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Have you thought about just putting a rubber plug in it's place when you go to close it up?

Oh, and that's called a hole saw.
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Have you thought about just putting a rubber plug in it's place when you go to close it up?

Oh, and that's called a hole saw.
Well, because of the angle, I couldn't get the hole fully cut. Only about 3/4 of it, so the metal just folded back out of the way. That's why I sealed it back up. The same issue will be with the front bushing.

Thanks. I had a brain fart on what to call the dang thing.
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Well, because of the angle, I couldn't get the hole fully cut. Only about 3/4 of it, so the metal just folded back out of the way. That's why I sealed it back up. The same issue will be with the front bushing.

Thanks. I had a brain fart on what to call the dang thing.
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