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Rory McNeil
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From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 08-03-2003 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The drivers side exhaust manifold on my 1959 Meteor (Full sized Canadian Ford) with a FE 332 V8 is cracked. I have another nice correct 59 manifold to relace it with. However, it appears that this engine has never had any noticable engine work before, as the exh. manifold bolts still have the factory locking tabs in place. This means that the bolts have been in there for 45 years now, and suprisenly, the bolts seem a tad tight! On the FE engines, the upper exh. manifold bolts are drilled and tapped all the way thru, so it`s quite common for them to badly rust the bolts, which very often leads to most, if not all the upper bolts to snap off. Since the engine still runs pretty good, so I don`t really want to pull it, or re &re the cylinder to drill out broken bolts, does anybody have any suggestions to remove these upper bolts, without breaking them? Prehaps a super incredible penetrating oil, or some other trick. Thanks.

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KULTULZ
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From: Rockville, MD
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 08-04-2003 02:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rory,

I am going to refer you to another site for advice. These guys breathe FE's and if there is a shortcut, they will know it.

-FE Forum-

Please come back here and let us know what you found out.

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I am looking for information concerning factory performance/aftermarket speed parts (1958/1960) used on the MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) (Also Thunderbird 58/60) Engine Series (383-410-430-462) produced from 1958 thru 1968.

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bfxcomet
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From: Port Alberni, B.C. , Canada
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 08-05-2003 02:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bfxcomet   Click Here to Email bfxcomet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good luck Rory, I've had the same struggles in the past. I never came up with a solution that worked every time.
Roger

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Bob Hopkins
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From: BRIDGEPORT NJ USA
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 08-05-2003 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Hopkins   Click Here to Email Bob Hopkins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll tell you what works for me a lot of the time heat the bolt up with a propane torch and touch it with a candle the heat melts the wax and it runs down the threads and frees them and lubes them too!!

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Rory McNeil
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Posts: 1614
From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 08-06-2003 12:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys. I have heard of the wax trick before, maybe I`ll give it a try sometime soon.

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78 Fairmont 428 4 speed [email protected]
80 Fairmont 302 5 speed [email protected]
85 Mustang NHRA Stocker 302 5speed. soon to be under the index!
59 Meteor (Canadian Ford) 2 dr sedan 332, auto
74 F350 ramp truck 390 4spd

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