Join Date: May 1999
Location: Ontario, Canada
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I thought about this yesterday for a while and decided to look around for a new bolt. Some dealership, specialty repair shop, or somebody that went with studs must have a bolt to sell me....nope.
So I ordered VR bolts from my local parts place at $35 set, they will be in this morning. I will use just one from the set. I even picked up a new push rod for 10 bucks just in case. No point in gambling when I'm in this deep.
toddtoo: I know they are TTY bolts, I just got my self thinking that maybe for just one bolt it would be OK. But when I found bolts for $35 bucks, it became a moot point. Through Ford, the only answer I got was "buy the full kits with gaskets"
BGilton79: there is a long sad story in another thread about what my original plan was, but in a nutshell, this motor is approaching 400K of hard towing miles, it will not be my final solution.
This was suppose to be a budget solution to buy me some time until I was ready to do a full long block but that blew up (no pun intended) when I ended up putting 2 fresh fomoco heads on the old engine due to cracked heads on the used engine and debris in the oil pan. So I will be looking to buy a short block not too far down the road and move these heads over when it's time. That engine will get "bulletproofed".
dannyboy: as always, well constructed reply, you nailed it in a nutshell..."do I feel lucky?", I guess I didn't. The guy at the parts store said it was scary how many guys come in and just buy gaskets and then reuse the bolts, mostly "backyard mechanics" he said, but still, really?
Thanks to all that replied, it should be ready to drop into the frame today.