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Old 06-14-2018, 05:12 PM
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I recently acquired a 59 convertible. 430 MEL. Discovered that the carb needs rebuilding. But before I continue on, I noticed leaks in the exhaust flange, both driver and passenger. I was able to remove the nuts quite easily from the passenger but broke a stud on the drivers side. Is it possible to drill it out from under the vehicle. has anyone tried ? If the Exhaust manifold has to be removed, How do you get to the last three bolts below the Exhaust manifold ? Right now the Exhaust manifold doesn't leak. Any Ideas will be appreciated.

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I recently acquired a 59 convertible. 430 MEL. Discovered that the carb needs rebuilding. But before I continue on, I noticed leaks in the exhaust flange, both driver and passenger. I was able to remove the nuts quite easily from the passenger but broke a stud on the drivers side. Is it possible to drill it out from under the vehicle. has anyone tried ? If the Exhaust manifold has to be removed, How do you get to the last three bolts below the Exhaust manifold ? Right now the Exhaust manifold doesn't leak. Any Ideas will be appreciated.
I tried everything to get at my manifolds with the heads on the car to no avail. There is a know design flaw with the top bolts, the way they pass through makes them seize. I broke off 2 when I was doing mine. Ended up removing the whole top of the motor, heads' intake, everything. It's not that hard of a job, took a couple of hours to remove, another couple to replace.
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Thanks for the reply Scott ! I will admit, misery loves company. I decided to do a workaround. Since my exhaust manifolds do not leak, and just the driver side exhaust flange bolt missing, I'm in the process of making a clamp. Similar to a "Studfix". It just happens to be the stud where there are "ears" to clamp down on. If that doesn't work, I'll follow your protocol.
As soon as I make one, I'll attach a pic.

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Made the bracket but after some thought, I found an old electric drill small enough to fit . Also cut some drill bits and was able to re-tap the hole.
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