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Old 12-14-2012, 10:06 PM   #365
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As Maxwell Smart would have said "the ole nick the radiator trick".
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Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. What a great outcome. Thanks for sharing that.

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Old 12-15-2012, 07:25 AM   #367
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That is AWESOME. It is nice to hear there are good people left in the world. Glad it was an ez fix to get the ol girl running again.

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Old 12-15-2012, 09:04 AM   #368
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I could not agree more. I just can't believe the old girl is running again. We have about 2 solid days of cleaning her up yet, and some minor tune-up needs to attend to. Otherwise, she's good. After he got her running he told me that I could have tons of money by putting in a 350 instead. Better fuel economy, more power, and less headaches. Now he tells me. I also have to get a 12v deep cycle marine house battery to replace the two 6v batteries that are shot. As soon as I separated the house batteries from the main battery she turned over pretty good. Once he turned the distrib to where it should be it turned over great. The last guy that was "recommended" to wife was the one who messed that up. It just goes to show that people who have the proper training are better (usually) than shade-tree mechanics. I was amazed at the amount of responses I had gotten off of Craig's List. I had gotten 6 responses in the first 12 hours of posting my ad with suggestions. Since my son is autistic he doesn't react to good news the typical way other kids do. He doesn't jump up and down yelling 'yeah.' He starts asking tons of questions like, "So the RV moves now? We can to the mountains again?" I guess that's how he is able to wrap his mind around the news. He was asking so many questions when I told him. All I could do is smile. I knew that meant he was happy and daddy was a hero again. A great feeling. Now, does anyone have any suggestions on how I can remove a broken exhaust manifold bolt from the block when it already has a broken EZ-Out bit in it? That's my next problem.
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Glad to hear it is running again Ron. I figured it was something simple and you learned a few things to boot. Key though is understanding how it all works together.
Can you remove the exhaust manifold so you can get to it or is the head still on the bolt? If you cannot remove the manifold, then you will have to drill the head off so the manifold can be removed. You are going to have to get a very very hard drill bit to drill out the bolt with a ease-out broke off in it. Something like a carbide tipped mortar bit. Sometimes you can breake the section of ease out apart with a hammer and punch. I had a similar situation happen when I did my first engine as a teenager. I have never liked having to use out for this vr=ery reason. If, once the manifold is removed, a section of the bolt is still accessible, then you can try to use a stud remover tool to get the bolt out.

If the manifold is off and the bolt is broke even with the head, then heat (propane torch) and a very very hard drill bit is your only real option. You may have to go large bit and retap the hole afterwards. Be sure to use anti-sieze compound on the replacement stud.
There is a new spray product on the market that freezes the bolt area in an attempt to break the bolt loose. Not sure how well it works.

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So , glad that you have figured out most all of your problems. I hope everything is smooth sailing from here on. Have a merry Christmas.
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Pretty good tips, Dave. No, the bolt is broken evenly with the head. I had tried in vain to get the bolt prior to putting the manifold back on. Since the easy out broke off and I couldn't drill it I put it all back on and prayed. It's on the corner, aft right. It's throwing sparks so if I don't fix it it surely will blow the gasket right out. Since it has ran for only about 10 minutes total so far I imagine the manifold will come off with little effort. I just really, really don't want to do it. That means removing the tire again and taking the chance of yet another bolt breaking trying remove it. I was hoping I could find the mother of all drill bits and drill the bolt out. Then drill the manifold hole a bit larger so I can re-tap the bolt hole. Then just use a heavy steel washer. Somehow plans like that never seem to work for me, though. Where do you find such a hardened steel drill bit like that? Lowe's and Home Depot are a joke when it comes to serious tools like that. I probably should just make my life easier and take the manifold off. Anyway, I'm still shocked that it started. Like I said before, we were so resolved to the idea that it was over that we actually started calling places to find someone to haul it away at the same time I ran the CL ad. At first the guy said it sounded like it had hydro lock. He flipped the rotor around and it cleared up. Once I cut the neg battery cable connecting the house and main batteries it turned over normally...and started! The dead house batteries were draining the main battery. Who knew? Evidently I nicked the radiator dropping the motor in. I'm going to attempt to solder it in place. I'll just remove the fan. These are all minor things to me now.

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Usually once you break an easy out you have to drill it out with a diamond tip drill bit.
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Usually once you break an easy out you have to drill it out with a diamond tip drill bit.
Where can I get a high carbon, diamond-tipped drill bit?
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I normally go to my local auto parts store or a nut & bolt place like Fastenal.
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Ron, as a retired machinist I have a suggestion. If a good we;\lder can get to it, he can weld a nut to it by welding inside the nut to the broken stud, therfore using a socket to back out the stud. The heat from welding will expand the sourounding head and allow the stud to come out. I have found out the best is heli-arc. Good luck
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Ron, as a retired machinist I have a suggestion. If a good we;\lder can get to it, he can weld a nut to it by welding inside the nut to the broken stud, therfore using a socket to back out the stud. The heat from welding will expand the sourounding head and allow the stud to come out. I have found out the best is heli-arc. Good luck
That's an awesome idea. I know exactly what you're talking about. If I can get access to that machine I can do it. I had a step-father who worked for the Pettibone crane company as a welder. He also taught it in college. I know how to do 5 different types of welding...including heli-arc. It will work if there is enough stud sticking out. I'll have to look again. Damn, great suggestion.
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That's an awesome idea. I know exactly what you're talking about. If I can get access to that machine I can do it. I had a step-father who worked for the Pettibone crane company as a welder. He also taught it in college. I know how to do 5 different types of welding...including heli-arc. It will work if there is enough stud sticking out. I'll have to look again. Damn, great suggestion.
I've done this with a mig welder as well and the broken bolt was actually broken off inside of the hole. Good aim along with patients and I was able to get it out. When I removed the broken bolt it looked like the weld actually formed a new bolt with threads as the molten metal pooled up inside the bolt hole. Just don't let the wire hit the surrounding metal.

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Did mine but with tig seemed the heat loosened it up best of luck take your time
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