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Re: Head stud removal

To: "Bud Krueger" <>, "MG List"
Subject: Re: Head stud removal
From: "Hans Duinhoven" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 18:15:58 +0100
Well Bud,

The heat is on - i.e. best way to get stuck bolts off is to really make
these very hot.
It works well.

Good luck,


----- Original Message -----
From: Bud Krueger <>
To: MG List <>; mg-t <>
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2002 4:59 PM
Subject: Head stud removal

> Hi listers,
>     On Monday I removed the head and manifolds from my 52TD to send them
> Lawrie Alexander for some of his magic. The head had been on the engine
since I
> put it together about eight years/7000 miles ago and I can't recall the
> time (if ever) that I checked the torque of the head nuts.  I was curious
to see
> if any had loosened over time so I began a series of torque wrench tests
> starting at 35 ft-lbs and working up in 5 ft-lb increments to see when a
> might break loose. While testing at 60 ft-lbs I got a shocking surprise as
> #4 broke off right at the nut. At that point I dug out my beam wrench and
> removed the nuts (most gave way at about 70 ft-lbs).
> My concern, and the reason for this posting, is to ask if anyone has any
> suggestions for steps that I might take prior to attempting to remove the
> from the block.  I'd hate to have one break off at the block level so as
to have
> to be drilled out.  I'll definitely be replacing the studs with new ones,
> question about that.  TIA.
> Bud Krueger
> 52TD

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