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Old 05-28-2005, 05:54 PM   #1
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Stripped bolts kinda

Ok, a friend of mine just bought a 96 v6 mustang and he has a set of ported intakes. Pretty sweet since he paid a total of 150 for both and theyre basically brand new.

Well today I was going to help him out but when he popped the hood I saw no bolts at the crossover on his stock intake. You know the 4 that are right after the throttlebody? Yea someone ground them down to the point where they have no head and painted over them.

So I sat there for a sec cursing the previous owner and thought well I have one idea. So I ground a slot in the existing head of the bolts and tried to remove it with a flat head screwdriver. Torque was too much though. He doesn't have any sharp drill bits so I didn't even attempt drilling it.

What's everyone think I should do? I am getting paid 25 bucks to install them for him and I don't know how to get these damn bolts off.
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Old 05-28-2005, 05:59 PM   #2
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If you have a screwdriver with a square shank, instead of a round shnak, you can use an adjustable wrench on the flats and increase the torque applied. You will more than likely have to increase the downward force on the screwdriver to keep it from slipping out. Use a screwdriver blade that is just a touch narrower than the bolt and is thick.

Other option is to completely grind the head off the bolts and pop the upper intake off the remains then use vice grips to unscrew them.

Final option, C4.

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If you have a screwdriver with a square shank, instead of a round shnak, you can use an adjustable wrench on the flats and increase the torque applied. You will more than likely have to increase the downward force on the screwdriver to keep it from slipping out. Use a screwdriver blade that is just a touch narrower than the bolt and is thick."
Tried it.

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Other option is to completely grind the head off the bolts and pop the upper intake off the remains then use vice grips to unscrew them.
You mean take them down flush with the intake so there in only the threaded part of the bolt(the shaft) left? By popping it off that will kill the threads though. No matter I can tap it but I'll have to borrow a set from my boss.

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Final option, C4.
Haha, uhhhh no. There fes my whole front end!! :p
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who ever did that grinding of the bolts is really stupid an gay.
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I ****in know man. If you could only see how PO'ed I was when we popped the hood. The sad thing is I didn't even notice until I had the trottlebody complerely off and was pulling vaccuum lines and labeling them.
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Drill the rest of the head of the 4 bolts and the upper will slide off the studs just like Ponycarman said. Then you will need new studs(going to anyway)
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So the studs drop all the way through the Upper before they thread in the lower eh. I thought atleast a little of them would be threaded to the upper.

Score, I'mma grab the drillbit on my way to work tomorrow, I'll just look at mine. Then to his house to install lower and upper intakes!
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So the studs drop all the way through the Upper before they thread in the lower eh.

Correct and I know this because I had to take my upper off to replace a heater hose.

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tell him you need more $$..

its of no fault of your own that the previous owner was a jackass

if he says no, give the car back to him

friend or no..
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Ground the heads off, Pulled the intakes off, sanded primered and painted the new ones, and reinstalled them all today! He gave me 30 since I was *****ing about how I didn't know it was gonna be this much work for only 25 bucks.

Yay another 5 bucks!!
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you do know how to install them right? you can not just pop the lower off you have to drain the coolant, and if you dont clean out the coolant or it gets in the cylinders you get a ruined motor so be very careful.
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I know how to install them I've done it twice. once to port and polish my own intakes and once to replace the gaskets on mine. Yes I know you have to drain the coolant at the radiator and the 2 engine blocks plugs. And I know coolant+oil=blown motor.
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