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 Removing a stripped rod bolt 
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Post Removing a stripped rod bolt
I ran into a problem with a customer's Open Flathead engine. In the process of disassembling for a re-build when I noticed that someone had stripped the head on the ARC rod bolt. These are 12 point bolt heads and once they are stripped, it is just about impossible to get loose. So.....I came up with a way to extract the bolt with no damage to the rod.

I cut off a bolt and drilled the end on the lathe to accept the stripped bolt head. Then, I tapped it on the bolt head with a small hammer and tack welded it to the bolt head. Let it cool and with a wrench, removed the bolt! When the bolt was removed, I found out why it was stripped. Someone....had put Loc-Tite on the bolt threads.
NEVER....NEVER....NEVER do this. Anyway....all is well and now ready to re-build.


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Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:41 pm
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Post Re: Removing a stripped rod bolt
I never use any type of Loc-Tite on rod bolts. I use oil or thread lube, and torque to spec and never had a failure. You might get away with a little blue on a steel rod, but I wouldn't trust it on an aluminum rod.

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