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1963 Ford Super Dexta radius rod

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03-14-2018 10:35:24

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Here is my issue: two of the radius rod ball socket bolts sheered off. The third is just gone. I see that I can order the replacement socket and socket cap here, but the question is about the bolts. When I look at the one on the other side, is seems like the bolt extends out of the engine block, and the socket and cap slide over it, and then nuts are used to tighten it into place. So, how do I deal with the bolts that are sheered off? Can they be unscrewed? or is the head of the bolt on the inside? If not then when replacing it, do I just bolt the new socket and cap into the existing holes? (they may need to be drilled and re-tapped)

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03-15-2018 18:36:55

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 Re: 1963 Ford Super Dexta radius rod in reply to cdellutri, 03-14-2018 10:35:24  
The problem with studs is that they are usually interference fit. The threads are not exactly the same as the threads in the hole. They are made this way so they won't work out easy but it makes it hard to remove them when they break.


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03-14-2018 11:31:38

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 Re: 1963 Ford Super Dexta radius rod in reply to cdellutri, 03-14-2018 10:35:24  
Thanks, souNdguy. Ha.. yes it is the Transmission isn't it. So basically, those are not bolts, they are studs and can be removed? I guess I will try the lefty first and see how it goes. When I replace it, is there a reason why I could not use bolts?

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03-14-2018 16:52:29

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 Re: 1963 Ford Super Dexta radius rod in reply to cdellutri, 03-14-2018 11:31:38  
I would use studs.
I'm not very familiar with the Fordsons - if the radius rod socket is on the outside of the oil filled part of the transmission or outside of the bell housing area.
Most of those stud holes are blind on the inside so no oil can seep out.
With bolts you stand a good chance of getting them too long and screwing them through the casting and breaking through the blind.
If they go into the oil area of the transmission you will forever have a leak there. You can get the right studs at McMaster Carr, Bolt Depot, Fastenal, etc

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03-14-2018 11:16:30

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 Re: 1963 Ford Super Dexta radius rod in reply to cdellutri, 03-14-2018 10:35:24  
engine block?

You don't have radius rod sockets on the engine block. On the transmission casting maybe... ;)

So you have some sheared off studs. try a chisle or center punch to turn them. if nothing, use some lefty drill bits. you might find them semi- hard ( gr5 ), so you might start the hole with a small carbide regular drill bit, then switch tot he lefty and see if it will bite and snatch out. I almost always get a lefty to grab and unscrew them. if not, you can try a fluted or square profile extractor, once you have drilled out to just under thread diameter.

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