Help....female part of my fusebox is stripped

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  1. Bobby G

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    Hi, hoping someone will know how to fix this....I have a american autowire wiring system that came with this car I bought.....the car was a basket case but the car is a 1973 Firebird and it had NO rust from Texas. Everything with this car is messed up from people that didn't know what they are doing. I have been fixing the wiring in it and it was time to bolt the fuse box into the firewall...shocker the firewall was stripped...put new bigger bolts in....great. Went to screw the engine wiring block into the main fuseblock.....shocker....female part nut in the fuseblock is stripped.....these beauties over tightened the bolt....does anyone know how to fix this? Thank you.
     
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    Can you re-tap the nut to the next size up?
     
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    Sometimes slipping the right gauge wire or a toothpick into the hole with the screw can give you enough bite.
     
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    Why not fix your holes with a mig welder.
     
  5. Jim Streib

    Jim Streib https://www.flickr.com/photos/121766713@N04/albums

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    Your year and model Camaro might have done things differently than what is on my 74 Nova but on mine the center bolt of the engine side bulkhead connector threads into a barbed "T" nut on the interior side of the bulkhead connector.
    If yours does have this steel "T" nut you might be able to put a new one in there and depending on any damage to the plastic hole edges it dug into you may need to add a little epoxy glue in there to help keep it from rotating.

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    My 1974 Nova fuse block needs to come apart to get at this "T" nut:

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    More pictures that might help:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/121766713@N04/albums/72157691827765644/with/38966553185/

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    Do u press the nut out?
     
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    Do not twist that nut off or you’ll break the case.
     
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    How do u get it out??
     
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    You could find a long bolt with that thread pitch and using an adjustable wrench, slip it under the bolt head and with a hammer tap it out while hitting the wrench. Then tape the new one in using some adhesive in the previous holes made my the spikes.
     
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    Any idea where to get a new one?
     

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