What a pain in the Buttinsky that job was !! Totally frustrating !! Grown men don’t cry … HA!
Since I didn’t have access to a welder (which would have been my 1st choice) I moved on to plan B …
Drilling out the bolts. Surprisingly I managed to get both bolts drilled dead center. Then I went with an easy out and it didn’t work on either bolt and just to spite me broke off in one of the holes. I finally managed to get that out and carefully continued to completely drilled out both bolts.
Hey, I’m home free
Not so fast Bunky ! While I was VERY carefully Tapping one of the holes (turn the tap a little bit then back off and apply cutting oil)… the tap broke off in the hole !! And this baby DID NOT want to come out. So I called the crisis hot line and told her my problem. She asked me “What model Jaguar do you have?”. When I told her an XJ40 she said “Serves you right”, laughed and hung up.
With the judicious use of about 50 small drill bits (all who are now in drill bit heaven) and hours of work I finally got the tap out.
The really surprising thing is that both holes rethreaded very nicely and I didn’t need to use a Helicoil or
But as the old saying goes “All’s well that ends well!” … Right !
“HA HA … I HAD A GREAT DAY”