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Ok, pulled the crossmember on my 66. Bolts snapped right off. touched the nuts that were inside of the frame , and they popped right out and fell into the frame.

I cam think of a few ways to fix this.

Is it common, is there a simple common repair just so I am not reinventing the wheel?
 

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The only way to fix it right is to get new frame nuts, drive them into the holes in your frame, and weld them into place. I broke one of mine off as you describe and that's what I had to do.
The bolts are special, and are sold by most of the parts places (NPD calls them 5026-1AK $10. I'm not sure if those come with nuts or if you have to find them seperately.

You can grind everything clean, put a stud through the nut to hold it with, then MIG it in and grind it flat.

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Phil, thats what my thinking was. I just wanted to see if there was a common way to do it. My fab guy thinks we can find a riv-nut that size. I thought just finding a big nut that just fits inside the hole. Weld it to a plate. and then weld the plate flush with the nut up inside the hole. Also, pretty much the same exact thing, but with a bolt. Then it would have a stud comeing out and I would never have to deal with this again.
 

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You'd need to machine the bottom of your nuts to resemble the contact surfaces on the original special bolts. They aren't flat. They are beveled to positively locate the crossmember.

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Ok, since I am not worried about it looking "correct" , I would be better off with bigger bolts, rather then trying to machine nuts. Just to make sure its located properly.
 

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I am sorry LMAO! I thought I was the only that had a bad day! Thanks
Now is time creative..
 
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