|Originally posted by F-I-E-R-O:|
If you don't have any broken bolts I envy you! The stud kit is the only way to go when replacing your exhaust gaskets. I've gotten a bunch of stuff from Rodney and have never been disappointed. On behalf or the next person to own your car should/when that day ever arrives, thank you for doing this!
Well, prior to selling the car back in Feb of 2005, I had replaced the engine and transmission with a set from an 87GT. I had replaced the exhaust bolts on the front of the engine with brand new bolts I ran to the store for. I only had to drill and tap one, and the hole is slightly off. That is the only one I am concerned with, so I may end up slapping something into the hole and threading the stud in if there is any play.
The rest of them should come out with no issues. I used red threadlocker on the rear manifold when I did the studs in that side this past Spring. The original bolts all came out with no issues whatsoever.
Just for a side note, I replaced the Y-Pipe to Manifold bolts when I broke both of them off. I used an Oiled Steel Alloy Socket Cap bolt from Home Depot. Similar to what Rodney sells as a stud kit. The black steel alloy should not rust at all. I will have to get some photos for you.
As for the gaskets, if the exhaust port really is that small, these may work. The original gasket is the metallic on one side soft on the other, and crushes when you install it. These new ones, if they will work should install and never leak. They can't burn out.
[This message has been edited by Synthesis (edited 10-21-2007).]