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Old 06-14-2022, 04:21 PM
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Self tapper repair?

Hey all!

One of the bolts for steel strips on my tailgate interior has stripped self-tapped threads in the tailgate sheetmetal.

Any tips on fixing it without going a screw size up?
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Old 06-14-2022, 05:34 PM
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bang it flat with hammer & dolly (or similar).
almost always closes hole up enough to allow using original screw.
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Old 06-15-2022, 10:36 AM
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Weld it

Weld it closed and re-drill the hole
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Old 06-15-2022, 11:16 AM
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Soms jb weld or 3m adhesive ,let it dry and re-drill a small hole and then the screw.

Or close the hole with some soldering tin.
Best to head the area with a soldering iron instead of a open flame so you don't burn all the paint away!
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Old 06-15-2022, 06:20 PM
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All awesome tips!!! Thank you!
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Old 06-16-2022, 10:17 PM
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Harbor Freight has a kit for installing aluminum threaded inserts in sheet metal.

Kinda like pop rivets with a threaded hole.
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Quote:
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Weld it closed and re-drill the hole
This is what I would do, too.
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