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RE: Snapped a stud - how screwed am I?

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Subject: RE: Snapped a stud - how screwed am I?
From: "Larry Hoy" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 15:47:49 -0700
When installing studs in the block they should be 'finger' tight.  I
assume that's what you did.  If so, remove the head and you should be
able to remove the broken stud easily.

Then call the stud vendor and get a refund and go and buy a set of APT
head studs.

Larry Hoy

> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
> [] On Behalf Of Steve Shoyer
> Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2002 2:53 PM
> To:
> Subject: Snapped a stud - how screwed am I?
> All I had left to do to be able to drive my car was to let 
> the car warm up, retorque the head nuts, and reset the valve 
> clearance.  I was tightening the nuts when the stud between 
> spark plugs 3 and 4 snapped.  It broke off where the 
> threading starts into the block.  This is a bad thing, right?
> I was using new studs and nuts, which I think was the correct 
> thing to do.  Everything else seemed to be going OK, too.
> I assume that I need to pull the head again, but will I have 
> to pull the engine?  If so, I might just tow the car (unless 
> I can drive it with 10 out of 11 studs in place) to a 
> professional and have them take care of it.  Not having a 
> garage or daylight really makes it tough, especially in the 
> snow (I think today's weather is called "Wintery Mix").
> Any advice, other than opening up a beer?  With my luck today 
> I'll snap the neck trying to open the bottle.
> --Steve (1980 MGB)

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