Well after putting this thread up I went out on the town looking for aluminum screws, the only thing I could find was a bar that I thought looked just like the Patagonia ones everybody raves about. A couple hours later and I'm done....
Fred, if these don't work for me I'll let you know and we can split a million screws, if they do I'd be happy to make you some. They will get the ultimate test next weekend on the NU.
Wayne, you are correct. If you want to spend as much as you could on another pair of boots! Patagonia (I'm sure others as well) makes an over the boot deal with aluminum bars, supposed to be great but not cheap for what they are. Plus Simms studs are a DIY thing so I doubt they would care if you had holes screwed into the sole at repair time, how do they know they weren't there's?
Mitch, I appreciate that offer, a lot. I'm hoping I will be set up for now but thank you!
Btw guys, this really didn't take that long. A dremel (at first, angle grinder as the dremel cutoff wheels vanished one after the other) and a couple drill bits. Easy peasy!