i am replacing upper radiator support bar, do i drill out the spot welds on 2004 Ford Escape

if so what size drill and replacement bolts would you recommend? thanks perry

by in Marion, NC on July 01, 2011
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ANSWER by on July 01, 2011
dont reccomend you touch it. if it is bent, you need a frame machine to sraighten the front end out before this service is performed. you need a body shop to do this. Roy
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COMMENT by on July 01, 2011
there is nothing wrong with frame, a heavy piece of barstock dropped on support and bent it, also damaged radiator and ac condenser. i ordered new parts and know that spot welds where not bolted will have to be drilled out, i was just hoping that someone could recommend a starting drill size and type of bolts and nuts to reassemble where spot welds were as it cant be spot welded again. i own a machine shop and was changing oil and one of my employees bumped other side of wall and knocked a 3 inch 8ft long piece of barstock over. hood was up. if you can give me this info i would surely be thankful. perry
COMMENT by on July 01, 2011
ok. the spot welds will have to be drilled out. you need to get some drills and you want to go a little bigger than the size of the weld. i have seen them be as little as 1/8 and as big as 3/8. make sure you run the drill slow and keep the tip cool. Roy