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Snapped bolts and stuck plugs fix.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by johnod, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. johnod
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 780


    Today at work, stripping an OT engine, snapped of 5 small allen bolts holding a cover on, which were threaded into the water jacket, and that was after heating them first.
    Left about 1/4 inch stub proud of the block.
    Remembered something i think i read here,


    So I heated them up pressed candle to them, grabbed on with the vise grips and out they came easy as pie.

    Next were some stuck galley plugs,thought I'd try it again, heated and applied wax, they practically fell out.

    I reccomend this highly to anyone.

    And to whoever mentioned the wax here in the first place, a big thanks.
  2. FE exhaust bolts....wax is the way
  3. i appreciate that you took the time to post some advice based on your experience.
    not just another "how do i....." thread.
  4. woodypecker
    Joined: Jan 23, 2011
    Posts: 300


    Allen bolts also snap from a side load from long allen wrench. Whenever possible use a T handle to torque evenly.
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  5. junk yard kid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2007
    Posts: 2,720

    junk yard kid

    I use paraffin wax from the canning section of the grocery store. Its a great trick.
  6. f1 fred
    Joined: Apr 29, 2005
    Posts: 515

    f1 fred
    from mn

    Thanks for the testimonial. Now, will my brain recall this when needed? :)
  7. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,699

    from Minnesota

    I know I never do;)
  8. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,177

    from Missouri

    Well put the candles in your tool box then just try to remember if that are for broken bolts or for when you forget to pay the electric bill.
  9. beeswax candle in the tool box work great because the beeswax has a wicking effect so it draws into threads in any position.
  10. 340HilbornDuster
    Joined: Nov 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,911


    Good tips!....
    ...."gick up en Liljeholmens!"..Swedish Hot Rodders get it!
  11. zep058
    Joined: Jan 9, 2007
    Posts: 599


    Any tips on valve cover bolts that snapped level with the block? I have one that I hardly torqued and *snap*! The next sound was me throwing the socket wrench across the garage in anger haha!
  12. Wax on,,wax off,,:D HRP

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  13. Left hand drill bit. Drill small and move up. Many times just the drilling will back it out. If not get to near the thread minor diam and the the remaining threads should nearly fall out. Use a pick or similar to get them out. If you do it centered good, the threads will stay good in the head.
  14. 270dodge
    Joined: Feb 11, 2012
    Posts: 742

    from Ohio

    Yes sir thats what it's about. You remembered it and passed it on, congratulations.
  15. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 4,932


    Has anyone tried this for stainless steel bolts, in aluminum?

    Tenacious is an understatement with these 'fits'.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2012
  16. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 4,932


  17. Bert Kollar
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 957

    Bert Kollar

    Not to brag, but I posted about wax on 6/30/10 and I am glad somebody took the advice, if it was my post. I learned about wax from an old time shop in 1965 and have used it on many engines with 100% success. Works better than anything else.
  18. This cat beat you by five years.
  19. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 6,247


    Beeswax for me, they sell little sticks of them in most hardware stores, they usually have a basket of them up near the cash register.
  20. vntgtrk
    Joined: Oct 25, 2012
    Posts: 6


    Gotta be a song in there somewherz............................
    I'm an old f@rt and ain't heard of this one. Thanx OP
  21. Big Bad Dad
    Joined: Mar 27, 2009
    Posts: 317

    Big Bad Dad

    Please enlighten me on this process. I am soon facing the manifolds on my f 100. :confused:

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