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    Question Busted starter bolt.

    My buddy has a 98-99 Commander with a 454. One of his starter bolts snapped off. There is about 5/8” thread left in the block. We soaked it with WD. He tried to back it out with my bolt out…. No luck. What is the best way to remove? Any tips? He has a full hatch and it is a bitch to get to…. We are both over 6’ and 200 lbs. I think you need to be 150 lbs to work on these things.

    He wants to take his family to Mohave on Friday and we finally gave up and started drinking….. He said he would take it to a shop if needed but may cancel his trip for Friday.

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    you need a rechargeable angled drill. they're just a 90degree headed drill, most have seen before. buy a lh handed drill bit, and get busy. make sure the drill is turning to the lh instead of the normal rh turn you're used too. the lh drill bit will get a bite at some point and start turning the bolt outta the hole i use my lh drill bits all the time, they've paid for themselves a 100 times over

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    The reverse drill bits have saved me a few times.


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    I can get my 18v drill down into the bilge… the chuck does rub a little on the housing. So an lh bit will bite into it? I can’t see shit because the hole is upside-down.

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    I am not famaliar with your year engine but I know on the older Mark IV's that the blocks were drilled and tapped for both different starter styles (one where the bolts are straight across from each other and the other where the bolts are staggered). Maybe someone on here who knows can tell you if your block has both style of starter bolt holes drilled and tapped into it. ??? Good luck.

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