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In Over My Head - Help !! (Gen. Mechanics)
Hello Guys ... I've been diddling around, trying not to work too hard on an engine swap. I've finally come to a point where, I'm just not sure what to do next!
My donor truck is a rusty ol' bucket & the exhaust studs were all beyond hope ... I hacked off the studs at the flange - the ones that hold the exhaust pipe to the manifold - thinking I'd just drill 'em out. Well, It turns out that's easier said than done!
I drilled my happy a$$ off (stepping up from smaller to larger bits), but for whatever reason (I wasn't using oil for coolant, or I'm just retarded) the 3/8" bit wandered off of the studs on a couple of holes - resulting in slots, not holes! Now I have one good hole, one slot almost through, & another slot about halfway there, leaving one more I've barely touched yet. This thing has turned into an ugly mess, so here's my dilemma ...
Do I keep on like I'm doing, and try to finish this thing like I started it, or should I bite the bullet & pull the manifolds completely? (I wouldn't mind a set of headers, though ya'll had about talked me out of them.) I cranked on one bolt & one stud holding one of the manifolds - the bolt snapped right off (flush w/ the manifold), and the stud started to do the same. Yikes!!
I have no idea what I'm about to get into here - this is new territory for me ... anybody with experience have any words of wisdom ... anybody looking to give away a good 351w, so I can scrap this one??
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