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Old 01-04-2013, 08:10 AM   #1
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Lost Bolts in the Floor Pan

After removing some rust and putting in new carpet, I lost two bolts in the drivers side floor pan. I was putting the seats back in and everything was fine until the two front seat bolts disappeared into the darkness. Any ideas or tricks on finding them and getting them out? I'm going to try using some magnets after work today, but is there a better way? I tried fishing them out with a wire and couldn't even find them.
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I think your best bet, would be to try using one of the magnet fishing tools that extend to reach
in places you can't see.These type are usually thin and reach pretty far.The only other idea I could think of, is using a small vacuum attachment and checking the contents it suck up.Good luck!
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The vacuum idea wil probably work better than a magnet, since everything is metal. duck tape some panty hose or a piece of screen over the vacuum hose and get it. Otherwise you will have to turn the whole car upside down and shake it.
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I just don't think there's anyway I'm going to fit a vacuum hose up one of the bolt openings.
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I just don't think there's anyway I'm going to fit a vacuum hose up one of the bolt openings.
You're talking about the access hole on the bottom of the car for the seats. Have you tried to wrap some duct tape around the hook end of a coat hanger to give it a little pad and try to drag it to the opening. It's probably going to be worth just ordering some new bolts or take one set to Lowe's or an auto parts store and match them. They're probably just grade 5 standard bolts.
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You're talking about the access hole on the bottom of the car for the seats. Have you tried to wrap some duct tape around the hook end of a coat hanger to give it a little pad and try to drag it to the opening. It's probably going to be worth just ordering some new bolts or take one set to Lowe's or an auto parts store and match them. They're probably just grade 5 standard bolts.
I didn't try the duct tape, just a wire to try and drag it out. I might give the tape a try if the magnet doesn't work. I will match up the bolt as a last resort, but it would be difficult to drive around knowing that there are two loose bolts bouncing around and chattering under the seat.
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I didn't try the duct tape, just a wire to try and drag it out. I might give the tape a try if the magnet doesn't work. I will match up the bolt as a last resort, but it would be difficult to drive around knowing that there are two loose bolts bouncing around and chattering under the seat.
You might try getting a good magnet and wrapping the sides and back of the magnet on a coat hanger to keep it from sticking to the floor pans and only leaving the end open to stick to the bolt. Sounds like my luck with dropping stuff.
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You might try getting a good magnet and wrapping the sides and back of the magnet on a coat hanger to keep it from sticking to the floor pans and only leaving the end open to stick to the bolt. Sounds like my luck with dropping stuff.
Good thinking. I'll give it a try and report back. Yeah I even used a toilet paper roll to prevent the bolt from dropping while threading it. Then when I pulled out the roll, off goes the bolt into the abyss.
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Good thinking. I'll give it a try and report back. Yeah I even used a toilet paper roll to prevent the bolt from dropping while threading it. Then when I pulled out the roll, off goes the bolt into the abyss.
Why doncha' just pick up the car and shake it... Eh?
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Why doncha' just pick up the car and shake it... Eh?
Ahhhh... I should have thought of that earlier.
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The magnet and the wire did the trick. Thanks for everybody's help!
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Yea! Just turn it upside down and shake it. I've done the same thing several times. On my 66 the bolts are on the seat fraimrail and the nuts go on by removing the rubber grommet on the underside of the floorpan It then takes a short socket on an extension to get the nut started then a deep socket to tighten the nut. Does your car have some different arrangement?
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