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Old 05-30-2006, 01:51 PM
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Leaf Spring Mount Clips

I'm putting in a set of bolt on subframe connecters for my 71 nova. Part of the installation involves taking the front leaf spring mounts off which are connected to the frame by 3 bolts. These bolts are threaded by small clips that are in the frame/floorpan (basically the same thing they used on the lower control arm for mounting the shocks). My problem is these clips are obviously really old and the bolts will not thread out. They just keep twisting around. How do I get these clips out? I've thought about just cutting the bolt head but it looks like where the clip clips into the frame/floorpan that the hole is not big enough to get the clip/bolt out if I cut the bolt head. My other option is to drill holes in the floorpan and come from the top after I remove the back seat. If I do it the second way I'm going to replace the clips with bolts/nuts/lockwashers and make little patch holes for the holes I cut securing it with sheetmetal screws. Once the leaf spring mount is off it is easy to put in new clips, its just getting them out that is the pain. I appreciate any replies .

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Hey, If you haven't already checked out Novas.net/forums go there and search I guarantee it's been posted, It's a great site with TONS of info
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Great board man, thanks for the post! I was able to get the help I needed from others on that board.
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