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Old 06-02-2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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Trashed Header Bolts

I the heads on three of my header bolts are trashed. I have resorted to vice grips, I got one out but the others are not budging. Advice?
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I the heads on three of my header bolts are trashed. I have resorted to vice grips, I got one out but the others are not budging. Advice?
Well in desperate situations id hammer an old socket on or tack weld a socket on. Go get some sockets from harbor freight if you don't have any
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I can try that, anything else?
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autozone sells these really nice sockets, especially designed for rounded bolts. they grab on really good. but the best trick i have is aerokroil. it is about 15$ a can and makes pb blaster look like baby food! if all else fails you maybe able to cut off the heads of the bolt. then after you pull the header, or heads you can extract the rest of the bolt easier. when i do this most of the time the bolt will come right out cause its not locked on anymore.
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Bought the sockets, not enough room to get it on by that part of the header, soaked with PB Blaster, hopefully that does something.
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Soak it, let it sit. Then soak it again. The more you soak it and the longer it sits, the better it will work.
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Very tight fit, what could I use to cut the heads off the bolts?
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Yeah there isn't much room. I have a dremel with a flexible attachment that can usually get to stuff like that. But I would only try that if you already own it. Maybe a sawzaw? But would have to be careful not to tear up the flange. Hopefully the penetrating oil works then you don't have to worry about it.
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Very tight fit, what could I use to cut the heads off the bolts?
A sawzall or a hand jab saw.
Try using a hammer and chisel or punch before you cut them off and tap them to the left (loosening).
Sometimes the jarring and penetrant will work to loosen them.
Always remember to use anti-seize on the new header bolts so they don't stick.
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Haha, Got it anti seize
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Dremel FTW!
If you don't own a dremal, now is as good a time as any to buy one. I thought all you Fox guys had dremels?! Lol, seriously, you gotta cut those header bolts off that'll free up so much room making the task at hand hella easy.
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Dremel FTW!
If you don't own a dremal, now is as good a time as any to buy one. I thought all you Fox guys had dremels?! Lol, seriously, you gotta cut those header bolts off that'll free up so much room making the task at hand hella easy.
Hahaha! I got a dremel, two of them as a matter of fact.
Dislike them both as they are to under powered and small to do much with on cars.
Also have 3 die grinders, two electric, one air, one electric is so powerful it scares me.
Now those are some rotary cutting and grinding tools.
What takes 10-15 minutes or more with a Dremel can be done in 1-2 minutes or less with a die grinder.
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Can't get the dremmel in there! Which bolts do I have to loosen on the motor mounts to
pull the engine? What is the best angle of attack?
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When I put my longtubes on the stock header bolts had been impacted on there at 10000lbs by a dumb a$$ ford tech that worked on it under warranty. Had to use a cutting torch after trying everything else.
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Oh that sucks
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Can't get the dremmel in there! Which bolts do I have to loosen on the motor mounts to
pull the engine? What is the best angle of attack?
The bottom bolt would probably be the easiest to get to, but you can remove the mount to engine block bolts if they are easier to get to.
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Okay, I'll give that a shot and then cut the header bolts off.
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