I have a 65 coupe where the front threaded holes for bumper brackets are rusted out. Is there an alternative way to mount the brackets to frame. I was told you can drill out the the old threaded fastener and use some type of compression nut in hole. Any suggestions for this problem.
On my 67 there was a factory hole beneath the front most nut that I could stick a wrench up in and hold a replacement nut in place of the one that had rusted out. You might be able to do something similar to at least get the front one in.
I ended up having to fix it properly eventually, but the nut through hole on the bottom worked for a long time until I did.
A helicoil will probably be strong enough for those. They don't hold up a lot weight.
If you can weld pretty good you can cut the welded on nut portions of these and weld them in. Its a front frame rail outer patch. I used one because one of my bumper bracket nuts was broken off from somebody bumping into something. I cut out a square around one of the nuts and welded it into my frame rail to replace the broken nut..
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I've had to deal with this problem by myself a few times before... If the original nut is gone (Fallen out), You should be able to get two fingers up in there from the factory bottom drain hole and hold a nut and a lockwasher in there from the reverse side while you put the front bolt through. I've done it several times..
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I'm going through this now, the nut was originally attached to a tab inside the frame rail, the nut has become detached so I'm doing as NEFaurora suggests. I had to hog out the access hole at the bottom of the frame rail to get a wrench in.