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Did a search on the site and unable to find an answer. Reinstalling bracket aft of radiator and I cannot start the bolts? I did see someone having the same issue and was told the nut floats. But I cannot fish them into position, in fact I don't see them. The bolts were on the tight side during removal due to corrosion. But nothing stripped. Any ideas? Thank you in advance for your time.
 

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Did you put the lock carrier into service position? If so, perhaps everything was a bit off when you reassembled. If not, biting the bullet and doing so would give you more working room to sort things out.
 

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Thanks for responding! I did not completely put it into service position. I loosened everything up enough to move the bottom of radiator out and place a block of wood. Did this based on previous post. And it did indeed provide more room. Been frustrating, I'm at a point of removing the radiator to gain access to that nut plate. Don't understand the design? ? Haven't tried longer bolts yet,good suggestion, thanks. Even thought of welding?
 
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