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5/13/12 11:48am - Original Message: 'I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in block!!'
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After three years of rebuilding I was trying to get my car on the road this summer to finally enjoy it when disaster struck!  I was rebuilding the clutch linkage and installing a BRAND NEW ball stud to the engine block that the cross shaft rides on when the stud broke off in the block!  I didn't even apply much force so I'm thinking I was sold a cheap re-build kit (from a major Corvette Restoration supply house) but thats a topic for another post!  I think you know what happens next.  I try to center punch and drill the broken bolt in order to insert an EZ out and pray that works, well it gets worse!  The hardened steel drill bit broke in the bolt.  Not sure if there is another kind of bit I can use to drill IT out, diamond tipped?  At this point I packed up my tools in disgust. I sure hope I don't have to pull the engine to get this fixed or I will certainly spend another summer driving my Honda!   I'm considering welding a rod to the bolt to turn it out but it broke off flush with the block so I don't know if that's possible.  If anyone has any suggestions or knows of a good shop in Central Jersey that can help, it would sure be appreciated.  Signed: Discouraged in Jersey!

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5/13/12 12:35pm - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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I feel yer pain brother...I feel yer pain....btdt.

However...there is hope. There are brackets available to use for the blocks that do NOT have the hole for the clutch ball..not all were drilled/tapped for it. The bracket actually bolts to the bellhousing. I can't remember where I've seen them, but I do know they are available. Might do a search, or check a Hot Rod/custom builder website to see what is available. I'll look and see, too....


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5/13/12 2:29pm - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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Try Summit:

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/OER-3932760



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5/13/12 3:54pm - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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All is not lost.  A few years ago, I was working on my 1929 Chevy and managed to break off one of the exhaust studs into the exhaust manifold.

I tried everything from easy-outs, a torch, and every brand of gunk there is out there to no avail.

In desperation, I was searching the internet and came across a company in nearby Orange County that claimed to disintegrate broken studs and restore the part.

I dropped the exhaust manifold off at Noon and picked it up at 4pm.  $70.  You couldn't tell there had ever been a problem with the piece.

Here's a company in Long Beach California to give you an idea.  http://www.kleinindustrialservices.com/metal-disintegration.php

I know your part is not the same as a manifold but some of these companies make house calls.

Anyway, good luck.

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5/13/12 4:02pm - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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This is the company I went to, just found them again using a search for "broken stud removal."  My results are all local to me via google but your results may be near you.

http://www.brokentap.com/index.html?gclid=CPGOy5qG_q8CFSo0QgodHDboRA



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5/13/12 7:00pm - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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Wow!  You guys are great!  I knew I would get help on the forum.  (On Mother's Day no less, hope I didn't get you in trouble!) I'll look into these suggestions and keep you posted.

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5/13/12 10:32pm - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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Boken bolts do bite....  you might, just might be able to drill it out even with the other bit broke off into it... by using a 'left handed' drill bit.  Not sure about the size of the bolt that is broken, but somehow 5/16 comes to mind, maybe 3/8...but, might be worth a try with a lefty drill bit, if it catches it could twist the bolt out... fingers crossed for ya !!! 

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5/14/12 6:24am - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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I too am completely impressed with the knowledge you guys have.  I am good at detailing, but at mechanical work...I SUX!  The knowledge you guys have can ONLY be accumulated through experience and no one can teach that (except at the "school of hard knocks").  I truly wished that I lived closer to some of you guys (for the southern fols that would be Y'ALL).
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5/14/12 8:46am - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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You might try a good punch, if you can get at it try to get on the outer edge of the stud and tap it to unscrew it. If it's flush this might work for you and not mess anything up. Good luck!Thumbs Up

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5/14/12 10:45am - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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I would try the punch thing too..from the sounds of it you were installing the new part..it may be that the punch may work as the threads should not be completely seized..if you can find a small punch of a decent length it may get it out..make sure you hit the easy out as it may loosen it on the way out...I have a tool I bought years ago that has fingers that go into the 4 spots on a 4 sided easy out...it works sometimes..but it usually just got bent...I have 3 types of easy outs...they all look brand new..I don't use them because of this issue.

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5/14/12 12:39pm - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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I say forget about the busted stud/bit/easeout....go with one of these...or one from any other supplier like this. For $26, it just ain't worth the hassle of messing with that other stuff....imo.Thumbs Up



http://www.advanceadapters.com/products/gm-mechanical-clutch-linkage-bracket-for-use-with-advance-adapters-nv4500-bellhousings/


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5/14/12 1:55pm - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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Here's another, different one, but you get the idea....

Chevy Aluminum Bellhousing Clutch Cross Shaft Bracket, 1955-1957
http://www.classicchevy.com/chevy-aluminum-bellhousing-clutch-cross-shaft-bracket-1955-1957.html


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5/14/12 2:40pm - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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GM makes them too. One for Corvettes, unsure of the year applications and another shorter one that positions the pivot ball in the stock location. These are made for the late model BB that do not have a provision to add a ball stud. The spacing would be the same on a small block.

http://sdparts.com/details/scoggin-dickey-parts-center/sdcb

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5/14/12 2:43pm - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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Thanks Phillip! I wasn't aware the SD had stuff like that...I shoulda known tho....

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5/14/12 10:34pm - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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5/15/12 4:37pm - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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Thanks for all the info guys.  I did not try any of the suggestions yet but will do so this weekend and keep you posted!  I'm hoping that if the punch or weldiong techniques do not work I can get one of the brackets.  I did investigate the bracket form Summit but that is for the frame side, I need something to hold the Z Bar on the engine side!  Checking the other links out as well and will let you all know so if anyone else falls victim to this in the future we can pass along the info! Thanks.

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5/16/12 11:42am - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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In my searching for a bracket like you need, I ran across several different forums with guys that HAD the exact same issue....the ball end broken off in the block, and all efforts to remove it were unsuccessful. It sux, but there's usually always a solution...eventually. Good luck..hope trying the punch method gets it loose...I've used that method many times with great results, but...usually, if you have already broken an ease-out up in there, the bolt is in there too tight to punch it out...
I don't know of any way to get a broken drill bit out, tho, unless you can get at it with a pointy punch good enough to just break pieces of it out, a little at a time.


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5/18/12 11:35am - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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Thanks Joel and everyone else.  The news continues to be bleak, I contacted the manufacturers of the brackets listed above and they are telling me they are either for the frame side or for use with custom bellhousings, etc. so I will try the punch method this weekend.   If that doesn't work I'm going to try to weld a rod and bolt to the broken stud.  The challenge is I've never done welding before although I have a new unused MIG welder in the garage - no time like the present to learn!  Anyone have experience with welding directly on the engine block with a MIG welder?  I'm sure theres a bunch of precautions I should take - disconnect electrical circuits, alternator, battery, fire protection, etc.  I've done a bunch of research and watched a bunch of videos but there's nothing like actually trying it!  Wish me luck!

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A mig welder should be good for this.
Disconnect the battery. You shouldn't have to be concerned about anything else, since there's really not any electronics in the car(computers, etc.) If you have a good chain, bolt it to the engine somewhere, and lay in on the floor. That will create a ground IF any errant electrical current happens to go the wrong way.

Bellhousings are bellhousings....the bolts are still in the same location on the block....I don't unnerstand why one of them wouldn't work for your application. There's gotta be one somewhere...I know there is.


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5/18/12 3:52pm - Reply: 'Re: I think I just lost the summer driving season. Broken bolt in blo'
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Joel, thanks I agree with your last post re: bellhousings - but the tech departments at these web stores are basically telling me no go!  I'll look harder if/when the welding fails!  Regarding the chain, good idea but I am kinda paranoid now.   When searching the web I found an article about a guy who electrocuted himself while welding a feed wagon while laying on the damp ground.  Granted his welder had frayed connections and he was lying right on the bare ground, but makes you think! Since I will be laying under the car I'm thinking I'm going to lay down some plywood or something to lay on!

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