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Stuck cab bolt NEED HELP

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by farmerkev, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    Im putting a body lift in my truck, and need to remove three bolts on both sides of the cab. I got the driver side bolts and the front one on the pasenger side loose, but the middle and back one on the pass. side got stuck and I ground off the head, and pulled out the pads between the cab and frame. I got a vise grips on the middle one and got it off. The back one wont move, the vise grips just spins. Ive sprayed it with PB Blaster and heated it but it wont budge. I know its not plowing related but my truck is now not driveable, and you guys all really know your stuff, so I figured Id ask, Im kinda in a real pickle here.
    The truck is a 1996 Chevy Cheyenne 2wd 2500.
     
  2. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    Just cut that bolt and jack cab to up then push bolt out it.

    That what we did with 79 F150 and we put new bolts on it. It have body lift kit so I remove because I didn't like it.
     
  3. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    Its going up into the cab.
     
  4. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    No bolt from cab to under frame?
     
  5. heavyiron

    heavyiron Member
    Messages: 96

    Kev,

    I've never had a look at cab mount bolts on your model truck so I don't know about clearances, etc.... But can you weld a nut onto the bolt to replace the bolt head and go at it again with a wrench?
     
  6. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    It goes from the frame, up into the cab.
     
  7. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    I can but I dont have the stuff to do it.
     
  8. heavyiron

    heavyiron Member
    Messages: 96

    How big is the bolt, like 1/2" or 5/8"? Can you grind two flat spots onto opposite sides of it and use an open- end wrench?
     
  9. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    The head was a 15mm bolt, but the head was ground off, the shank that is left is only probably a 1/4" round. But that is a dood idea.
     
  10. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    thay had loc-tite on them factory and years of rust. since you have old body bushing out then heat the ever lovin piss out of the bolt till glowing red all the way up in the cab area. it will come out.

    and the nut is captured in the floor and no way to pop up and out like the older trucks,
     
  11. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    Yep, nowhere for it to go up. I heated them up, but not that hot. Im using a soldering torch, will it give out that kinda heat?
     
  12. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    Not related to how to fix the problem... But why a lift in a 4x2 pickup? Whats the purpose
     
  13. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    Why lift a 4x4?
     
  14. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    It looks COOOOL
     
  15. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    Alot of people do it for ground clearance reasons... or like has been said it looks cool
     
  16. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    Thats why Im doing it on this truck. I also may throw in 4x4 later on down the road.

    Back on topic, any other suggestions?
     
  17. gd8boltman

    gd8boltman Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    There is no way a soldering torch will provide enough

    heat to turn out that bolt. You need to use a real torch and it will come out no question.
     
  18. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    I dont have acsess to a real torch.

    Any good heavy duty EZ out things out there.
     
  19. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    If I was to heat it up to say almost red hot, would i still use the vise grips to turn it?
     
  20. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    red-hot

    visegrips

    turn-it-out.

    like-i-said-before