Leaf spring bolts at torque box.

Discussion in '1978 - 1981 Specific' started by cam2z28, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. cam2z28

    cam2z28 New Member

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    Hey, guys.
    I'm trying to remove my rear leaf springs and rear axle on a 78 Z28, but the 3 bolts at the torque box area are just spinning. Do I need to cut into the floor to get access to the bolt nuts? Is there a better way to solve this problem?

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  2. NOT A TA

    NOT A TA Veteran Member

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    Grind/cut the heads off the bolts. Once you remove the spring pockets the remaining U nuts and cut off bolts are easy to remove.

    This is a 1st gen but gives you the idea.

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  3. NOT A TA

    NOT A TA Veteran Member

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    A little info on the replacement hardware. The U nuts are special ones. I don't like the China replacement ones sold under the OER labeling by most restoration houses. They get cross threaded and strip more easily than the CIP ones originally used by GM.

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  4. cam2z28

    cam2z28 New Member

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    OK, I understand, Thank you!
     
  5. cam2z28

    cam2z28 New Member

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    Ok, thanks. Where can I get the CIP nuts from?
     
  6. NOT A TA

    NOT A TA Veteran Member

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    I do business regularly with Dave at PTFB http://pro-touringf-body.com/ and get them from him in bulk because I use them often. I think you may still be able to get them from a local NAPA store.
     

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