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exhaust manifold headache
ok, i need some help.
bolts between up-pipe and manifold broke on me. then the up pipe just fell out the truck.
got in there and started to look noticed the end bolt, on both sides, towards firewall was gone on the manifold. by the looks of the black soot, its been missing a while (explains a bit)
anyway, in one of my 'ang on lads, i got a great idea" moments, i figured heck ill just replace everything, manifolds, up pipes and Y collector.
however getting the old manifolds off has not proved easy. had to cut all bolts. passenger side was easy enough with dremel. driver side had to use sawsall. extracting the studs easy enough, its the broken ones i need help with. since engine is still in the truck, i cant figure out how the heck i can get in there and drill them out. too much in the way, including the frame, for a straight shot with a drill. i have a 90 degree head for my drill but its hard to get everything straight and held straight since too much wants to move.
anyone done this and have any tips?
if push comes to shove, ill pull the engine, i had it out last year (i know i know, i should have done them then) so i can get it out but damn it sucks pulling it.
7.3l DRW F350 4x4. stock, with exception of Airbags on rear, bilstein all around and 26k 5th wheel hitch. K&N filter for good measure.
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dont try this at home kids!