I am working to replace the clutch in my 2000 Jeep Wrangler. the bolts that hold the transfer case skid plate in place are all spinning in the frame.
These jeeps have a box frame and the nuts for the TC Skid are captive in the frame, unless they corrode out, as mine have.
I can cut the bolts to get them out but I am still stuck with how to put the new bolts back in if the nuts are not captive anymore.
Question: Does anyone see a problem cutting 3, 2inx1in slots in each side of the box frame to hold the nuts while tightening?
I am thinking they are small similar in size to the tow truck/shipping slots in many frames already. There are no other holes in the frame in this location. and each one would be about 6-8in apart.
I feel the frame integrity would still be good with the holes but looking for ideas, suggestions or concerns before I start the drill.
On a side note, I think the corrosion in the the frame would not allow me to weld any type of nuts in the same location. I have thought of a new plate to weld in with captive nuts in it, however I do not a welder at my home and I cannot get it to a welder once the bolts are cut, so I am not thinking this option is right for now, but maybe in the future.
I found a suggestion on the web that recommended removing old bolts and drilling hole all the way to top rail and then sleeving the frame and using a longer bolt to reach through.
I think this will provide the most strength just in case there is more corrosion in the frame rail than I am expecting. I will get some pictures and post an update once I am done, which will be by the 24th as I am driving to Wisconsin in it to pick up my new Teardrop.
Thanks again for the ideas and thoughts, I hope this goes well.
I got my tranny out and found the pilot bearing was shot and the pilot bushing/sleeve was damaged. After many trips to the parts store and long night and days I was able to pull it out of the garage tonight.
Now to load it up for my trip to Wisconsin this week.