Reconditioning the rear valance

The rear valance had to come off to allow the trunk brace to be installed when I was doing the trunk. I found that the drivers side ‘slide nut’ bracket was completely rusted out and as soon as I undid the bolt it fell to pieces.

After drilling pilot holes through the spolt welds holding the old bracket on, I used the spot weld cutter and was pleased that the bracket came off with no problem. I then fabricated a new bracket out of some spare steel before cleaning up the surfaces and welding it on.

Then I test fit the panel back on the car and used a marker to pinpoint where the bolt hole would be before drilling it. I was then able to test fit it again with the new bracket and was pleased that it did the job!

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