Hey everyone - guess what worked quickly and easily?
Stopped at the dealership to ask if they had a spare nut since the local hardware store had none that would fit. Was going to try the suggestions here after that. Service manager came out, looked at it, came back and bent the brace back into place and put on a speed clip. Worked like a charm. Glad I didn't have to JB Weld any nuts.
Sounds like the start of a good film... Bam chicka wow wow... 😎