Towing Doubles with the X
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Knoxville, Tn.
Re: Exhaust Manifold Bolt BROKE!!!!
well, I have worked on this dang thing for about 4 hours today, couldnt ever get the remaining portion of the bolt out!!! So I decided to do this, I removed the dipstick tube and I enlaged the hole to 7/16th of an inch and drilled 1/8th of an inch deep. I bolted the manifold back up to the head with 4 bolts, I then cut the head off of one of the good bolts and put it through the manifold cut end first so it would fit into that new hole and keep the correct angle, tomorrow I will just use the mig welder and put a few good tacks on the bolt and the head, enough so that it can hold the torque, but not a full bead and that way if the head ever ends up at a machine shop, the can cut it out and repair bolt hole. There is still enough room to remove the manifold with the stud welded in place and engine in truck if it ever needs to come out again.
I will let you know how things turn out when finished with this project, although I dont see why this should create any issues..3 good tacks with 10 min cool down time between tacks, all should be fine.
2003 BLACK Excursion LTD 7.3 4x4 4" MBRB Stainless Exhaust, AFE stage II intake, DP F5 Tuner, 4.5" Donahue lift, Rolling on 18" Jesse James Lawless 8's wrapped by 35" Toyo Open Country Mud Terains and airbags,
2002 BLUE F350 XLT 7.3 4x4 CC, BTS Tranny, 6.0 tranny cooler, 4" Silverline Stainless exhaust, S&B intake, DP F6 Tuner with 9 tunes.