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PostPosted: Today 2:00 pm    Post subject: '71 ground strap from battery Reply with quote

Howdy, I just broke off the bolt that holds the battery ground strap to the body on my '71 Westy. My question is, is the nut that it goes into a captive nut? I'm wondering if I need to drill and EZ out the broken bolt or if the nut is just corrode to the body and I can just whack it until it loosens. It's tough to see in to that stiffener bracket where it resides.
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PostPosted: Today 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: '71 ground strap from battery Reply with quote

The nut is welded to the body IIRC.
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PostPosted: Today 2:12 pm    Post subject: Re: '71 ground strap from battery Reply with quote

Damn! You're fast! I was afraid of that.....Thanks!
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PostPosted: Today 2:34 pm    Post subject: Re: '71 ground strap from battery Reply with quote

don't overthink this. The body is ground. Drill a hole and bolt the ground strap to the body.( I'm guessing if the nut rusted off your vehicle is a driver,not a concourse show vehicle)
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PostPosted: Today 2:50 pm    Post subject: Re: '71 ground strap from battery Reply with quote

pioneer1 wrote:
don't overthink this. The body is ground. Drill a hole and bolt the ground strap to the body.( I'm guessing if the nut rusted off your vehicle is a driver,not a concourse show vehicle)


Or find one of the zillions of bolts nearby to attach the ground to!
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PostPosted: Today 5:08 pm    Post subject: Re: '71 ground strap from battery Reply with quote

Definitely not a show rig.... I do however like to do things properly where possible. After attempts to drill and extract using penetrant, extractor, heat and my biggest 10R square jaw vise grips, I gave up and drilled/tapped the captive nut and put a new bolt in. The real pisser is that the brand new ground strap I bought is 1/2 " too short! I guess I should measure stuff more carefully, not the supliers fault. Now to research who I bought it from.... It's been a few months and I bought parts from multiple sources. Thanks all.
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