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Old December 30th, 2007, 07:39 PM
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stainless bolts for hinges

I have been slowly replacing the bolts on my truck with stainless. I just pulled my doors apart to dynamat them so while I was there I replaced the hinge bolts on the doors sides of the hinges. My question is when I replace the hinge bolts on the frame side how do I get to the backside of the framing to replace the nuts?

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Old December 30th, 2007, 08:37 PM
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They are cage nuts that clip on the bulkhead. If that is the part you are speaking of. You will understand once you take the door off. Tie a string to them so when you drop one you can retrieve it. Otherwise, you will be fishing a magnet or something down there to get it out.
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http://www.diecoinc.com/enlarge_phot...photoid=u-nuts
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Old December 30th, 2007, 08:47 PM
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How do you suggest I do this. Close door, unscrew top hinge from bulkhead and swing it out. Will I then see what you mean?
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Old December 30th, 2007, 09:29 PM
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Yes. Just make sure you do them one at a time so you minimize the risk of putting your door out of alignment.

Make sure you tie a string well to those cage nuts! I lost mine way down in the bulkhead... it's still down there
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how do you get the string off once tight?
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Old December 31st, 2007, 08:05 PM
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got it done. made perfect sense once apart.

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Hypothetically speaking if you were to drop something down the bulkhead how would you remove it?
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Old February 16th, 2010, 05:18 PM
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I lost a couple down in there. Whats one more rattle
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I dropped one and pulled it out the hole that is used for the speaker wire in the bulkhead. I used a magnet. I also tack weld the nut to it's holder as I had a couple nuts come free.
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I lost one and had to use an old bolt until I could get a replacement ... the stainless bolts had a different thread pitch.
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Hypothetically speaking if you were to drop something down the bulkhead how would you remove it?
Wait for it to rust out ...
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Wait for it to rust out ...
Wait, they don't just drop right out the bottom through the large rust opening?
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Wait, they don't just drop right out the bottom through the large rust opening?
Not on my truck!
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