The 1/2" bolt at the bottom of the vent window assembly is stuck. I have been spraying it with seafoam deep-creep for 3 days but it is still not moving. If anything, the bolt is beginning to turn with the nut.
Is the vent window channel likely to bend or break if I keep heaving on the bolt? It almost seems necessary to cut a hole in the door to remove this. I just don't see any other way.
Maybe it would be easier to replace the whole door than just the assembly.
See if you can fish a torch in there to add some heat. A small acetylene torch used for soldering would probably be doable. This torch only has a small acetylene tank (no oxygen) and a small hand piece on a hose. I don't think there is room for a propane torch. A buddy of mine just bit the bullet and cut an access hole through the inner door panel with a 1/16" cutoff wheel. Doing a neat job will allow you to easily weld the cutout metal right back in place. Carl
I have seen a vent frame twisted around 3 times from a very ham-handed, yet dedicated person. Looked like fancy twisted wrought iron work. He finally broke the spot welded bracket off on the final turn. (Not me, By the way.) The hard part with loosening really rust up ones is finding a way to hold the end of the frame while simultaneously turning the bolt. I always replace the bolt with a stainless steel one. Carl
Oh, you're talking about the BOTTOM bolt. Yeah, I had a stuck one too. You have to reach inside the door with a crescent wrench and hold the channel to keep it from twisting while you turn the bolt. Mine finally broke the bracket off, but I just welded it back on after removing the whole vent assembly.