I have a 2002 Nissan Frontier, 125,000 miles, I'm the original owner. Dealer installed a Turbo Liner when I bought the truck and it has deteriorated over the years. I'm having some body work done and I already removed the old bed liner. Underneath I found that there are 6 screws holding down the bed that are rusted. Body shop guy suggested that they be replaced before the bed is resprayed. Looked online and went to dealer; looks like these screws are no longer available from Nissan. I tried to remove them so I could find an equivalent replacement and had no luck. On top the screws have Phillips heads and there are big washers or flanges under the head. Underneath the truck bed it looks like there are bolts attached to the screws but I couldn't access the bolts with the socket wrench I had on hand; they are recessed into some kind of metal frame. I'm thinking that the body shop guy will have the tools necessary to remove them. But what should they be replaced with? Now I'm wondering if we should just treat the screws and surrounding bed for rust (it's surface rust, not rotted through) and just go ahead with the bed liner and hope for the best. I included photos. Any ideas?
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