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Help! Front spring perches

I am in the process of replacing the multi leaf springs in my 1968 camaro. The old springs were rusted and most leafs were broken. I removed the rear shackles. When I went to remove the front spring perches the 3 bolts that hold each spring perch to the body broke loose from the body. There must be nuts tack welded inside the body panel. All of the tack welded nuts broke loose and just turn when I try to take out the bolts. Does anyone have any ideas what I need to do to rectify this situation? Can I just cut the bolts off and see what the holes look like? I have heard that I might have to get into interior and cut out floor panel to replace nuts. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of problem? I am desperate.

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Yes. You have to access the upper part of the nut pocket. That requires cutting into the interior floor. Had the same problem with my 70 Camaro.
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On a 68 they used removeable J nuts. Cut the heads off the bolts to get the perch out of the way, pry the old J nuts out with a small pry bar, buy a new bolt and J nut kit from your favorite vendor, and put it back together.
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Thanks. I was looking online for other replacement parts and I saw those J nuts and bolts. I was hoping that's what I had because there were 6 total bolts and as easy as they broke loose I figured it couldn't be anything substantial. Thanks for making my day. I was pretty discouraged when all 6 bolts wouldn't come out. I am recharged and ready to get started again.
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