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Head bolts. #2873477
01/12/21 11:49 PM
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Okay guys. Who has the best trick for that center head bolt between the valve springs on a small block? There's got to be a better way than turning a couple of sockets down in the lathe. I now have four wrecked 1/2" drive 3/4" sockets because by the time you've torqued a head down, the socket is cracked.

Re: Head bolts. [Re: Greenwood] #2873518
01/13/21 02:04 AM
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Try a quality 3/8 drive one?

Re: Head bolts. [Re: Alchemi] #2873726
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Are you trying to use a deep well? I use a short well with short extension.

Re: Head bolts. [Re: Alchemi] #2873774
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Originally Posted by Alchemi
Try a quality 3/8 drive one?


perhaps an impact 3/8 drive ? those sockets aren't as brittle as a standard chromed one.
what diameter does it need to be for the required clearance ?
beer

Re: Head bolts. [Re: moparx] #2873899
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They offer smaller headed bolts that addresses this. Are you using a stock size head bolts


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Re: Head bolts. [Re: pittsburghracer] #2873901
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Grey Pneumatic offers a thin wall impact socket under the "Duo" branding. Might be worth checking. S/F...Ken M

Re: Head bolts. [Re: EchoSixMike] #2874098
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I'm going to go visit my bolt supplier and see if he can source me a pair of proper length shoulder bolts. Those sockets look like a cool piece, too.

Re: Head bolts. [Re: Greenwood] #2874161
01/14/21 08:58 AM
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I'm going to go visit my bolt supplier


I wouldn't use anything but a purpose-made head bolt in there !!

Re: Head bolts. [Re: Greenwood] #2874324
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Use ARP head bolts

Re: Head bolts. [Re: AndyF] #2874343
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Originally Posted by AndyF
Use ARP head bolts
iagree
ARP sells two different type head sizes on their head bolt, 6 point and 12 point, which are usually 7/16, 1/2 or 9/16 head bolt socket size depending on the kit part # and application.
OP, call ARP and ask them about buying two of those upper center head bolts you need to finish assembling the job twocents scope


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Re: Head bolts. [Re: Cab_Burge] #2875584
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That's a good idea, Cab. Thanks.







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