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Old 10-04-2006, 08:43 PM   #1
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I think that maybe time has passed me by. Iíve been a backyard mechanic since you set the dwell through the window on the distributor cap (GM Vehicles).

Iíve stuck with the simple repairs, being a backyard mechanic. Iíve replaced a head gasket, helped switch out an engine on my 1984 S-10 and YES you do have to separate the body from the frame to get to the top bolts on the bell housing.

From the early years, Iíve had a bench grinder with a wire wheel that I use to clean ALL of the bolts that Iíve removed. When I put things back together I put on some anti-seize and thatís that.

Thanks to the GREAT INFO IN THIS FORUM this last weekend I was working on my Ď95 SC-2 (turned 190,000 miles this last week) a neighbor stopped by to take a look. When I got to the point of cleaning the bolts, I was told that the bolts that the manufactures have used for some time are coated and that Iím causing more problems that Iím preventing.

Is this right??? Do I need to step into the 2000ís?

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Old 10-04-2006, 09:07 PM   #2
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As a technician,I have worked for a few car makes (Toyota,Ford,Hyundai) since 1992 and the only "special coating" that I have seen is loc-tite on the threads.

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Old 10-05-2006, 08:03 AM   #3
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Maybe he's thinking they are galvanized?

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Old 10-05-2006, 07:26 PM   #4
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Replacing the bolts would actually be a better idea. Bolts stretch over time and mileage and new ones would restore the force available from each bolt.

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Old 10-06-2006, 10:09 PM   #5
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helped switch out an engine on my 1984 S-10 and YES you do have to separate the body from the frame to get to the top bolts on the bell housing.
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Yup, been there, done that, more than just a couple of times. I actually contemplated, if I ever had to do it again, taking a hole saw and cutting a 1 inch hole in the hump in the floor pan where those bolts are. I would then get some plastic or rubber plugs to insert after the job was done.

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Old 03-03-2011, 10:22 PM   #6
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I was born in 1954. My first vehicle when I was a 2 stripper in the USAF was a 1954 Ford pickup truck. I had just turned 18...The truck had too.I had a leaking freeze plug on the back side of the engine...I took a chisel went through the firewall/floorboard area,pulled the rotten freeze plug,and tapped a new one back in.A tin can and some pop rivets and I was good to go. I kinda wish I still had that ole truck. I became a man in that truck in Texas. I had a few bucks left so I went across the border to Mexico and became a man again...Wife says say good night ...that is too much info..Good Night.

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and i am a young guy, only 48.

but i am glad that i have a saturn because it allows me to ease into this whole mechanic thing and learn as-i-go.

2nd cylinder head gasket job this weekend going on now (different cars, first was blown valve, this one coolent leaking into the cylinders)

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