I had the same thing happen with my front seat bolt, I ended up tack welding the nut to hold it in place then was able to remove it and weld it up. Keep up the progress. What is your date for trail ready?
Well, if I had the brakes working I could technically take it out whenever as it does run and there are no major problems. However, there is the fact that it smokes like crazy. So if I went, I'd have to be in the back of the group or you guys will be choking on the exhaust. I also have to get a tow bar and tow lights yet.
I'm going to be ordering quite a few things from Trail-Gear shortly.
Brake lines front and rear
And I think a couple other parts. I'd like to order everything all at once, dual case adapter, dual tcase crossmember, etc, but I have to wait until I can get help to rip the tcase apart before I order that, as I'm still not sure if I truely have the 23 spline tcase or not.
As long as the weather holds out and I don't procrastinate, I should have her all cleaned up inside and out, and my buddy from work is going to come over and get her painted up. I'm still deciding on the interior. I'm either going to rattlecan it with PlastiDip flat black paint, or get that garage floor epoxy/enamel to do the interior.
That should be done in the next two weeks if not sooner. Unfortunately I don't have a garage to work in, so the weather has to cooperate with me. Last night was perfect. It was cold enough that I couldn't sit still for too long which motivated me to keep moving, but it wasn't too cold that I was like F this, I'm going inside.
As for a true trail date, I'm hoping it's completed by Takeover. Although I hope it's done before then so I can get some time with the truck and make sure everything is working good.