I have been outside all damn day trying to get those broken bolts out of the heads on the Bronco.
What a pain in the ass!
Tried heat, tried cold, tried heat and wax. been soaking the fuckers in penetrating oil.
Just everything I can think of plus one you have probably never heard of, that I can’t even find a Youtube for.
This is a trick an old guy at work showed me and I kid you not, I have gotten 16 Millimeter bolts to back out doing this.
It only works as long as the damn thing isn’t seized but when it does work it’s amazing.
Use an engraver to vibrate the thing out.
Fire the thing up, stick the point out on an edge and push slightly as if you were unscrewing it.
If it’s not overly tight the vibration will allow you to just push it around in a circle. This works great for bolts and screws that are broken off flush so there isn’t anything to grab.
Unfortunately it didn’t seem to do me much good but I would have to think the vibration would also help the penetrating oil work it’s way in.
I did finally manage to get the one in front out but I’m here to tell ya, it was a fucking nightmare. I tried drilling it and nothing I had would touch it. Not even an old carbide drill bit I had. I even tried a 3 millimeter carbide end mill in a Dremel and it barely touched it.
Damned if I know what the combination was but I tried grabbing it with a dinky pair of pliers I have and I saw it move, much to my disbelief.
It came right out too.
That little hole was all I could get with the end mill before it shit the bed.
My buddy Grizz sent me an email and then called me to tell me about a 96 Bronco for sale about 50 miles away for $1500.
Thanks but no.
If I ever get this bastard back together it is going away.
Enough is enough, I’ll admit I fucked myself by buying the damn thing and take my lumps.
While I was still out there fighting the other two bolts the old guy across the street stopped by to give me a bunch of shit as is his usual style.
That got cut short when all of a sudden the skies opened up and it started pouring rain
He fled back across the street, I started grabbing tools and shit, throwing them inside the garage, got everything inside and closed the hood on the old bastard.
It is raining cats and dogs, there are thunder storm alerts and it is late enough in the afternoon that it will be getting dark soon. I still managed to get soaked in under two minutes
When it rains around here it doesn’t fuck around.
I may run out there and douche those bolts with some more penetrating oil just for good measure but other than that I am done for the day.
Hopefully it doesn’t rain tomorrow.