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EGR Tube question
I'm putting in a new exhaust manifold on the 258 (started as a simple gasket replacement to fix a leak, typical right) The EGR tube was frozen solid in the old manifold and took a good fight using a can of PB, the torch, and BFH to finally get it out. Unfortunately, as a result the connector's threads on that end are in bad shape.
I can't just leave out this tube because I'm afraid I won't pass NJ emissions without it and it's due for inspection. I titled it as an '81, not knowing at the time that '80 and older only have to pass the test at idle (and I have an '80 title, DOH!)
I don't have a 7/8" or whatever die to try and rework the threads, and not sure it would help either. The connector is still seized to the tube which would likely be a problem too. Should I just seal it with some high temp epoxy and hope it holds until I replace the engine, which is many months away at least? I just bought a 2000 4.0 that's on its way to becoming a Megasquirted stroker, but it won't be ready any time soon for sure.
I don't hold much hope of finding another tube in a salvage yard. If I do find an '80s vehicle with a 258 it will probably suffer the same frozen connector problem (unless it drove up from down south to die here [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] )
Can one be purchased new somewhere? Or even used? I'm sure one could be made but I don't have the ability to flare or bend steel tube of that size (1/2"-?) at such a tight radius. I'm open to ideas!