Bolt Help
Here's a tip that I use all the time.
If you find yourself needing to install a bolt where you can't reach (and need to put the bolt into the socket first to hit the hole), I've found that if you tear a piece of shop towel (paper works fine also) and install the paper across the socket, you can put the bolt into the socket over the paper and the bolt/socket will be locked together. Install the bolt, pull off the socket, and the paper falls right off. Works every time.
Rich Rish
Retired racer (22 years) and ASE Certified Master Tech

Clothespin Fun
I use spring-loaded wooden clothespins a lot. They're great for sealing engine and head bags, as well as holding choke butterflies open, masking paper, lines and wires, and more.
Christian Nabozny
Flat Rock/Auto City

Broken Bolt Removal
To remove broken bolts with as little as 1/16 inch protruding, use a piece of scrap steel. Bore a hole the diameter of the broken bolt, and puddle weld the two together. The heat and leverage will allow you to remove the bolt and preserve the threads
Doug Maykovich
Flat Rock/ Auto City

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