On busted nuts

Let’s talk about my least favorite thing to do ever; extracting busted nuts. In my lifetime I have managed to shear off probably shy of 50 bolt heads. Of those I have successfully extracted maybe 5 of them. The rest were “nonessential” and left to sit there, forgotten, never to be mentioned again except in wild thought of “maybe that’s a decent project to tackle this weekend”. Then reality hits and we go on pretending they longer exist.

My most recent foray was taking off my undertray to drain coolant. Easy enough. First 3/3 bolts instantly shear off. Luckily there are plenty of plastic pushy guys to hold it on and some ingenious zip tying to keep everything on. However, I did actually try to get these out since the undertray is warped and I would like to get a skid plate that usues those bolts to mount.

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Unfortunately, I was in a small space on my back and messed up getting everything aligned. The drill bit is not centered, will not get centered, and I am on the edge of the bolt and touching the frame. After all this rambling we finally come to the quetion: how would you drill these out with the drill not being center on the bolt?

1) To hell with it. Keep drilling. Hope for the best.

2) FIRE! ?

3) Something else

Tools at my disposal: drills, bits, left hand drill bits, propane torch

Tools not at my disposal that seem to help alot: Welder

Pictured: what should have happened but most certainly did not because I can’t swing a hammer on back upside down apparently.
Pictured: what should have happened but most certainly did not because I can’t swing a hammer on back upside down apparently.
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