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Gearhead
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From: Vancouver Island, Great Wet North
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 12-05-2002 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gearhead   Click Here to Email Gearhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LOL!! Had my first opportunity to use a Helicoil kit the other day. I was swapping intake manifolds on my 79 Pace Car (taking off a borrowed intake and putting on a Performer 289 that I picked up cheap) when the rear driver side carb stud decided to pull the threads out of my "new" manifold. Ah crap!! I then remembered someone singing the praises of Helicoil on the internet, and decided to give it a try (cheaper than a new intake!).

Well, here's another satisfied customer! Easy, quick and the final product seems stronger than the original threads. Woohoo!!

Even better is that the car fired right up last night with no leaks or problems. Gotta love that. I've put the original valve covers and air cleaner assembly back on the car, in place of the Motorsport dress-up kit, and painted the intake Ford blue to match the rest of the engine. To the uninitiated the car looks stock now when you open the hood, except for the Ford Racing blue plug wires, and lack of emissions hoses.

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Ian
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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-05-2002 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All hail to Helicoil!

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Mario428
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From: Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
Registered: Nov 2001

posted 12-05-2002 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mario428   Click Here to Email Mario428     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Helicoils are stronger than the original especially in aluminum. Used to do a lot of aircraft machining and all tapped holes were for helicoil.

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mustang68mustangs
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Posts: 282
From: pittsburgh,pa.usa
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 12-05-2002 08:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs   Click Here to Email mustang68mustangs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Helicoils have saved my *** a few times!!
Bob

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69 Sportsroof
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From: Valley, Alabama, USA
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 12-06-2002 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's interesting. I had suggested to someone a year or two ago about using a heli coil in an exhaust manifold and was chastised to no end by the moderator of the group. It's good to hear that someone else has had the same good experiences with this product that I've had. BTW - it wasnt' on M & M. It was a newsgroup called Rec.Alt.Manufacturer.Ford.Mustang or something like that.

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Just Strokin
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From: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 12-06-2002 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have even HeliCoil'd the balancer bolt on a 351C and ran the crank in my drag car for a number of years.

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steve'66
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From: Sonoma,CA,USA
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 12-07-2002 10:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I gotta heli-coil a lower intake bolt hole in my daughter's 3.8L stang. I'm sure they make metric helicoils, right?

SteveW

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mustang68mustangs
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From: pittsburgh,pa.usa
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posted 12-07-2002 11:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs   Click Here to Email mustang68mustangs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, NAPA sells em'

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steve'66
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posted 12-07-2002 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Mustang66mustangs!

SteveW

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