I know you explained this to me, but I forget the details. Are the bolts broken off or are the holes stripped or a combination?
Here is the situation from start to finish so its entirely clear, December 2009 I needed to change my Rear Main Seal and Oil Pan Gasket. So I went under, took it all apart, discovered a couple bolts were missing and 1 was loose. I figure no biggy, so I go through the process and then when I was putting the bolts back on I came to realize the missing ones were stripped (conveniently the bolts themselves were actually in a bag of bolts the guy gave me when I boguht the rig) and the loose ones I figured were from when I hit a big rock offroading up in Azusa. Well in the process I also stripped 2 holes, i dont have a clue how because I had the torque wrench set lower than it should be. Needless to say I drove around like that leaking a big of oil at a time. In the process I lost the collar that goes over the back neck of the oil pan, but I replaced that (got the last one in the entire continental us from dealerships). On and off the jeep leaked and eventually I had to get a CJ pan bcuz the YJ's was too busted to hold because it was totally warped and bent out of shape. I road around with the CJ pan for awhile and eventually got a new YJ pan, new gasket (a 2nd one) and tried to fix it all again. The heads broke off the bolts this time so I had to get extractors and the such. The 3rd time I removed the pan I was able to extract both broken bolts however the bolt holes in the engine block are now stripped either partially (2 most forward holes) or entirely (the back 3).
So I have 5 bad bolt holes to be exact, the partially damaged ones can hold bolts but not tension. The 3 in the back do nothing and because of the placement the block leaks oil like mad onto the exhaust pipe and I can't hold pressure. I've had to avoid driving her for more than a couple minutes just to move her or I lose all oil pressure because of how little there is in her now. I lost 5 quarts in 1 day driving to and from sea world.
The biggest issue with this is that the most vital hole that is damaged is one of the 2 in the very back of the block where the engine has the rounded neck part. I can't get the drill up there to drill it out because the transmission is about 1-2 inches too close. Maybe taking off the inspection plate would help?
I have helicoils for both hole sizes, I have rethread tools, I have drills, etc. I just don't have any extension bits long enough to get up there or the room to have my engine and tranny disconnected for an extended period of time. (Unless I manage to sell the Crown Victoria).
So the situation: Need to reuse or replace the oil pan gasket. Need to drill out/helicoil 5 bolt holes. Maybe change the RMS again just because I have a new set.
Also does anyone know if I can sell a car that is registered Non-Operational? I looked at the DMV website and it doesnt say I can't and it doesn't say a vehicle has to be driveable or insured to sell, atleast not that I could find.
You are quite welcome, sir.
I'm still fighting the good fight, as well. He came back with some smart *** comments about freedom of speech and opinions. I wasn't as friendly this time as the first.
Glad I could raise your mood, Ari. And 9 months? Is that all? Pfft, my CJ has been down for almost 3 years now. I've just recently been able to scrounge up some money to start working on it again, and I'm not even in the country! Now get that thing running!!!
I liked your comeback
Hopefully that guy doesn't watch burn notice or you are going to get a hilarious comeback about using his comeback