Removing Lower Valance

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  1. jhdeval

    jhdeval Well-Known Member

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    Okay so apparently my Barracuda has been hit on the passenger front side at some point in the past. Well rather then fixing it they hid it and now that I am trying to replace my lower valance I am finding how far the damage goes. Turns out the person who "fixed" it used a bolt and nut to attach several of the mounting points. On top of that the bolts/nuts seems as though they were used and rounded. I can not get any power tools in there I have tried a metric wrench slightly smaller and it won't grip the head. I have tried heat and that allowed me to snap the head off of one. Any ideas one the other 2? Options for breaking them or griping or anything?
     
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    can you get a long bolt in there and tack it to the bolt head with a mig. Works like a charm.
     
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    You wont find many lower valance bolts that aren't extremely rusted. I have 2 here and both now have slotted holes.
     
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    I wish i have on the outside edge where the bolt head is about 4 inches and the inside I am pretty open.

    There are three bolt holes the one I am having a problem with is the center one.

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    And then this bolt hole which is directly under the headlight here I have almost no room.

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    I totally expected this but had they continued to use the correct hardware i could snap it and the just remove the bolt body.

    Either way at this point I don't know what to do. I need to remove them but I don't want to destroy my fender in the process.
     
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    grinder.
     
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    I ended up using a dremel on these small bolts it worked like a champ but when it came to removing the 1/2 bolts used on the fender itself it was a bit less effective. Still worked but took for-freaking-ever.