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    I fucked up. Need Help!

    Im in the process of removing my trans so i can put my new one in when it comes in the next few weeks. Anyways... I was removing the Torque Converter bolts and rounded one out My dad comes out to check progress and started cussing me out when he looked at the bolt. so i just had to walk away. WHY DID GM USE ALLEN BOLTS! Any Tricks on getting this bolt out? ive got the other two out

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    Are you attacking this where the starter is?

    Thats the easiest way to get to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Blown Vert View Post
    Are you attacking this where the starter is?

    Thats the easiest way to get to them.


    Yeah, im going at them from starter location. i got two of them out. But i slipped taking one out and rounded it out.

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    Vise Grips and plenty of beer, and a BFH.

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    Would alittle Heat Hurt the flex plate? Might try to heat it up while taking the visegrips to it.

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    No the flex plates get pretty hot anyway. Just be careful not to over heat it to the point where its red or close to it. Also I'd let it set with some PB Blaster for a couple days respraying every few hours. That'll help loosen the bolt up a little.

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    sorry to hear about that and I see both sides of the dilema. If I screw up the last thing I need is someone pointing it out to me but you also didn't round it out by letting it slip once. You had to of let it slip in there a few times so after the first or second time you should've rethought your process. ( sound like dad yet? )

    I would do a couple of things. I would do like was mentioned above and heat the flex plate after soaking it in PB blaster or liquid wrench and try to drive in a torx bit or a size bigger allen and pray it comes off. I'm not sure if you'll have room to get vice grips on it, maybe but I doubt it. Could end up being a major pain to get out. How rounded is it? If it's not to bad just take your time and use the pb blaster and heat to help you along. My experience has been that my allen wrenches will usually round off before the nut does. Might not be a bad idea to hit the end of your allen wrench with a grinder to get it to a nice square spot if the corners of the wrench look ragged.

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    so vise grips dont fit. couldnt drive a torx in. Tried welding a bolt into it. but its hard to get a good weld and i keep snaping the bolt back off. I wish i had a acetlyn torch lol.

    Air Chisel? Do you think that will work?

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    Broke Bolt lose with Air chisel and then just turned it out by hand! WOOT!

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    Now i got 5 of the 8 bell housing bolts out. But cant get the top drivers out. And i dont even know how to reach the top two. Any Tricks? Ive never had this much trouble pulling a trans.

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    Drop the tranny down and use a real long extension.

    Or you can reach them from the top if the intake is off.

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    top bolts use a long 24 in extension, and a wobble u joint and drop the tranny down and you shoudl be ok

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    pulled intake and it made it easy! Do i have to replace intake gaskets when i reinstall it? Im not very fimiliar with these style gaskets. Trans is out...

    This is going to be SOOOOO Much fun when i put everything back together.

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    Just make sure they are all there. They are reusable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Blown Vert View Post
    Just make sure they are all there. They are reusable.
    Alright Sweet.

    My new trans should be here in a week or two. I hope.
    Ordered a B&M Trans cooler (7.25 in. x 11 in. x 1 1/2 in) And some ARP Torque Converter Bolts.
    Now that my dad saw what came out of my old Converter im probly getting a TCI SSF 3500.

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    Get the converter, you will love it.

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    glad to hear you got it. It normally takes more talent to fix something like this than to do the actual swap. You can get the top bolts without pulling the intake although that probably made it much easier and don't really add a bunch of work. Make sure to stuff rags in the intake ports of your heads so something doesn't get down in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    Make sure to stuff rags in the intake ports of your heads so something doesn't get down in there.

    First thing i did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SStriker
    im probly getting a TCI SSF 3500....
    Good choice!

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