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busted starter bolt fix needed

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by steelsoldiers, Mar 26, 2004.

  1. steelsoldiers

    steelsoldiers 1/2 ton status

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    Well, I found out why that starter didn't work for the guy I bought the K20 off of. I got to looking at it yesterday and discovered that the rear brace was only bolted up on one end and one of the starter bolts was missing, dumba$$. I tried to put a new bolt in, only to find that the old one had been broken off in the hole /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif. I have had to fix one like that before unfortunately. I drilled it and used an extractor, which broke off in the bolt. Then, I had to use diamond tipped dremel bits to grind down the broken extractor enough to get it out. Then, I used a really $$ extractor to finally get the bolt stub out. Does anyone else have a better idea? I hate the thoughts of laying under the truck drilling crap out over my head and stuff with cutting oil dripping on me. It's either that or keep parking on a hill to bump start it. Anyone have any other thoughts? Who makes the best extractors? /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
     
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    When I bought my truck it didn't have the starter brace so I picked one up. I went to start my truck to turn it around so I could put it in and it sheared one of the starter bolts. I used a left hand drill bit and it dug in about 3/8 of an inch and pulled the bolt right out. I didn't even have to use an extractor. I had to shop around to find the bit, but it was well worth it.
     
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    steelsoldiers 1/2 ton status

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    Dang dude, first post and it's a good one /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif I forgot about the old left handed bits. I'll have to do some calling around for that. Thanks.

    Chris
     
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    Vermont American makes an entire left hand drill bit set that retails about $45.
     
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    Ah-ha, thanks Timmy, that's what I needed to know /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    The square type extractors are the best, and of course you should use the largest one that you can. When I sheared my steering arm bolts coming out of Lower Helldorado Me and FWP used his left hand bits on the 3 sheared studs. The studs never moved, but I still got a good sized hole to drive my extractor into. I bought a set of the tapered square extractors from Napa and they did the job just fine.

    Of course I wasn't drilling over my head.../forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Rene
     
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    also, if it isnt too deep in there to reach, put a nut over the end, or hole if you will, and tack some bead in there welding the nut to the bolt, maybe finesse out slow n gentle, worked for me a month ago.
    Rob
     
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    Well, unfortunately it is broken off down in the whole by about 1/2" or more /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif I have one of those square extractors and a brand new bit to match it. I'll give it a shot first. Then, if that doesn't work I'll try a bigger and bigger reverse bit. Eventually I'll get to a point when there might be just a little thread and I can tap it out. It's raining right now so I might not do anything /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
     

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