Originally Posted by ericp755
Thank You for the reply.
Ok, then the plate has broken away from the frame, because the shell was off with the plate attached to the shell. The plate is still riveted to the shell. The rivets that were drilled out to remove the shell were the rivets holding the belly pan and the c channel.
Were there always 3/8" or5/16" bolts through the floor, front plate and the frame cross member or was that a repair to fix the broken plate weld. If so, is that a viable solution
They are original. The plate was not welded from the factory, you can use bolts. I would use at least Grade 5, or Grade 8.
You're right, the bolts are probably 3/8", not 1/2".