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8mm Hex Head Wrench

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Brodie, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. Brodie

    Brodie 1/2 ton status

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    My truck has an Edelbrock Torker II intake manifold on it currently. I am trying to remove it and have run into a snag. The mount bolts on it are a 8mm Allen Key, and the middle 4 bolts are impossible to get at because of the design of the manifold. Is there a special wrench that is needed to get them out? I've tried 5 different 8mm wrenches and 2 different 7mm (trying to wedge it at an angle). Please help a brotha out.
     
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    How about a pic of said situation?
     
  3. Brodie

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    As you can see, I already tried Vise Grips. The bit in the second picture is just for scale. I also have regular Allen Wrenches and they don't fit either.

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    You can't use an allen socket, you're going to need a L shape allen wrench.

    When you do finally get them off use ARP bolts, nice quality bolt kits.
     
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    A ball hex would probably be best...

    Something like this...

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    You may be able to sneak a straight L shaped, regular allen head in too as 4x4high mentioned...

    edit... damn cornfed :wink1: , ya beat me to it... :doah: :haha:
     
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    I already tried the L-type, and no love. Looks like it's all about the balls:D
     
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    hehe, nice...

    yeah, that should work... I don't own the long ones, but the standard lengths have come in handy on a few occasions...
     
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    those bolts are mostlikly hardened.

    but a last try efort. if you dont under stand this one dont try it at all.

    take a hammer and chissle or best bet air hammer with chissle bit. the bits need to be sharp. then try and spin the bolt loose with the impact of the chissle in the side face of the bolt.

    i have used this trick on many drain plugs and others. best works with air hammer tho.
     
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    Take the bit out of the allen socket, use a box end wrench to fit the allen insert and loosen the bolt.
     
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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    Or maybe heat up an L shaped allen and bend it to fit in there..
     
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    Take said "L-shaped" :haha: allen wrench and grab your hacksaw-cut-off tool-portaband and trim said "short" side of wrench to fit in said confined space.

    Once you have it loose, the ball end wrences will probably work to get it out.

    But if you don't get it loose with a tool that fits good, you be in a world of hurt trying to get rounded allen bolts out of that spot.
     
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    That IS what they are called...
     
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    Tried taking the bit out. It still didn't fit
     
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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    :doah: Hacking off the end of one is the easiest idea so far though...Kinda like the little girl coming up with the idea of letting the air outta the big trucks tires to release it from the tunnel, garlicbreath is "our" little girl now...:haha: :D
     
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    It just came across as him thinking that was the incorrect term for the tool, when it really is..

    Now if Brodie had ball hex sockets, he wouldn't have even needed to make this thread.... I'd certainly rather just use my socket than bother hacking up an allen wrench..

    Now go back to quivering under the dining room table! :wink1:
     
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    I figured they may be a little long, thus why I didn't post em. I own metric and standard in those, handy and affordable..

    You may need to leverage the short end of those to get enough torque on the ball end, if they're stubborn...
     
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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    I think he was trying to bust our balls for using the L shape term, thats why he has now been dubbed the official Tool girl of CK5...And I have my bottle and ice and mixer under the computer desk as we speak, along with an AR15...:haha: :haha: :haha:
     
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    If its a metric Hex.............the threads on the bolt are metric too.


    I highly doubt the tapped holes in the SBC head are metric. so in reverse logic you need a standard allen wrench.
     

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