Originally Posted by atobols
I think it was ROBERTSUNRUS that posted in another thread that he drilled a 1" hole in the belly pan next to the jack's bolt hole and then held a nut in place and sealed / covered the hole w/ duct tape. Anytime someone mentions duct tape as part of a repair, I tend to shy away. But, in this case it's at least serviceable. Not like the belly of my '74 is in great shape anyway.
Hi, you are correct; That is exactly what I did. My choices were to remove the entire belly pan, to gain access to the cross members and install speed nuts. Or maybe weld a nut in place on the cross members. The fact that they used self tapping bolts into a thin piece of steel [cross member] giving the bolt only about two threads to hold it in place and under a load when deployed, isn't enough. And the fact that the belly pan would have to be re-installed before the stabilizers are installed makes it very inconveinient. So, for me, to drill out 1" holes so I can have a wrench hold a nut in place was my best option. I wanted to buy 1" plugs for the holes, and still might some day, but in reality the belly pan is so thin, like aluminum foil, that screwing or riveting a plate/cover in place, would just weaken the belly pan. So duct tape was the hot ticket at the time.
Duct tape isn't my choice for repairs either, but the way Airstream mounted my stabilizers was quite weak. Now they are rock solid.