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  • No parts sales this weekend. I did spend some time cleaning up the garage and organizing parts. I also got the exhaust manifolds removed. All the bolts that still had the head attached came out pretty easily. I did give each of them a little nudge to tighten them before trying to back them out and that seemed to help.

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    Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
    74 Nova Project
    66 Mustang GT Project

    92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
    79 Chevy Truck Project
    1956 Cadillac Project

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    • As you may recall, I had 2 bolts that were already broken off pretty much flush with the manifold. This left a decent amount to grab onto with a pair of vise grips.

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      As you can see, I left a fair amount of each bolt behind in the head anyway.

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      Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
      74 Nova Project
      66 Mustang GT Project

      92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
      79 Chevy Truck Project
      1956 Cadillac Project

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      • I'm guessing that in the original attempt to remove the bolts (not by me) they were very close to snapping at either spot and my gentle persuasion just finished the job. Now I need to get out the drill bits and easy outs (why do the call them that anyway, they almost never work and its almost never easy). I am really hoping I don't have to pull the heads and bring this one in for repairs.
        Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
        74 Nova Project
        66 Mustang GT Project

        92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
        79 Chevy Truck Project
        1956 Cadillac Project

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        • Weld a nut on. The heat should brake them loose.

          https://youtu.be/1bZyw3OSIgk

          Language is pretty bad, so NSFW? or children or people who would be offended. I am sure there are others doing the same with out the potty mouth.
          Last edited by Russell; April 24, 2017, 08:58 AM.
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          • Originally posted by 74NovaMan View Post
            I'm guessing that in the original attempt to remove the bolts (not by me) they were very close to snapping at either spot and my gentle persuasion just finished the job. Now I need to get out the drill bits and easy outs (why do the call them that anyway, they almost never work and its almost never easy). I am really hoping I don't have to pull the heads and bring this one in for repairs.
            I've never gotten a broken bolt out with a so called "easy out", broke every one of them. Buy a square tapered bolt extractor and it will work.

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            • I had to pull several of those out in my H3 - aluminum head/aluminum block - and I was not looking forward to it at all. That said, it was probably the easiest extractions that I've ever done. Hold the nut over the top, mig weld the nut to the stud (it won't adhere to the aluminum), let it heatsoak for at least 10s then remove. There were 3 or 4 and all came out at just - over hand tight. The problem with those bolts was the metallurgy - they were too brittle so they popped apart under heat cycle. It's not the traditional steel-adhering to steel breakage, but simply failure of the material. Easy job. Not need for an easy-out
              Doing it all wrong since 1966

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              • Originally posted by dieselhead View Post

                I've never gotten a broken bolt out with a so called "easy out", broke every one of them. Buy a square tapered bolt extractor and it will work.
                Only way I ever got them out too..
                In a pinch, I sharpened the tang on a big file and used that after shortening it..
                Last edited by Deaf Bob; April 26, 2017, 10:40 PM.

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                • Thanks for the ideas guys. Sold 2 motors we had taking up space in the garage. One had been there almost 15 years. The other was the one was from the Tahoe swap 6+ years ago (rod knock). $350 more for the cause.

                  Edit: As it turns out, the crate motor had 3 spun mains I did not know about. $ above adjusted accordingly.
                  Last edited by 74NovaMan; April 26, 2017, 11:36 AM.
                  Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                  74 Nova Project
                  66 Mustang GT Project

                  92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                  79 Chevy Truck Project
                  1956 Cadillac Project

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                  • Ditto on welding on a nut. The heat does wonders.
                    Tom
                    Overdrive is overrated


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                    • I ordered some stuff today:

                      Motor Mounts
                      Trans X-member
                      ECM Bracket
                      Fuel Pump - WALBRO GSS341
                      Fuel Tank -87 GM Truck - 20 gallon
                      Fuel pickup assembly - 87 GM Truck
                      Lower Hose - Gates 22437
                      Belt - Gates K061015
                      Upper Hose - Gates 23080
                      Battery tray bracket - drivers side OE type - RA
                      Hedman HuslerŪ LS Engine Swap Headers 45660
                      Header Bolts - ARP 134-1102
                      Percy's Seal-4-Good Header Gaskets 66032
                      Gaskets - Oil Pan, Timing Cover, intake, throttle body, valve covers, rear main
                      Oil pump
                      Timing chain set
                      Spark plugs
                      Wires
                      Oil filters

                      We are hoping to get the motor & trans separated this weekend and get the motor on the stand. Total project (LS Swap) spend to date is about $1,100 factoring in $1,700 in parts sales (donor parts sales and garage cleanup combined). The big items left are the transmission rebuild, driveshaft, tuning and exhaust (which is arguably not swap related now that the headers have been purchased).
                      Last edited by 74NovaMan; April 30, 2017, 04:59 PM.
                      Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                      74 Nova Project
                      66 Mustang GT Project

                      92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                      79 Chevy Truck Project
                      1956 Cadillac Project

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                      • Sold a 200r4 this weekend for $150. Got one of the exhaust manifold bolts out using a wire feed welder. The first one came out OK. The other, I could not get a solid weld on and only made a mess out of the head surface.
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                        I tried to tape a washer to the head to protect it from my bad welding attempts but that did not work either.
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                        A lot of the problem is operator error on the welders part. I can't see anything until a couple of seconds after the arc starts so I'm flying blind and making a mess. I'll pick up some extractors tomorrow and see if that will work.
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                        Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                        74 Nova Project
                        66 Mustang GT Project

                        92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                        79 Chevy Truck Project
                        1956 Cadillac Project

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                        • We did have some visible progress on the truck yesterday. Bumper mounting brackets and license plate bracket with new light installed:

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                          Bumper after some light sledge hammer work:

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                          Brackets loosely installed (Rock Auto had the best price on these by far)

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                          Finished product:

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                          Now we need to mount the receiver:

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                          Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                          74 Nova Project
                          66 Mustang GT Project

                          92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                          79 Chevy Truck Project
                          1956 Cadillac Project

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                          • Found some more stuff in the garage to sell. This one is easily shipped if anyone has a need:

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                            Could ship this batch of shifter stuff as well:

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                            Craigslist ad: https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/w...111559670.html
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                            Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                            74 Nova Project
                            66 Mustang GT Project

                            92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                            79 Chevy Truck Project
                            1956 Cadillac Project

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                            • Bumper before & after:

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                              Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                              74 Nova Project
                              66 Mustang GT Project

                              92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                              79 Chevy Truck Project
                              1956 Cadillac Project

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                              • Chris, I'm not being a wise-acre here.....but how are guys calling or texting you from your Craigslist ad? I see no number?

                                You seem to have good luck selling stuff and I just want to make sure I'm not missing something?
                                Of all the paths you take in life - make sure a few of them are dirt.

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