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what socket for 2.3 head bolts
« on: July 14, 2013, 12:52:07 PM »
Hello all, I am trying to remove my head bolts from my 2.3L ('76) and wasn't sure what size the bolts are.  They look like 1/2" 12 point socket, but I am not sure.  I also read on here that these can be reused?  Any clarifications would be helpful!  Thanks!

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Re: what socket for 2.3 head bolts
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2013, 03:45:10 PM »
It is a 12 point but either 1/2" or 9/16". They are re-usable & I'm hearing preferred over ARP studs which are supposedly lacking enough threads on the block side.   
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Re: what socket for 2.3 head bolts
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2013, 04:29:58 PM »
All the engine fasteners are metric... try 13mm.
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Re: what socket for 2.3 head bolts
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2013, 04:40:01 PM »
Thanks for the info, I did try the 9/16 and it was just slightly too big.  I'll have to check on the metric too, so thanks for the tip!

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Re: what socket for 2.3 head bolts
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2013, 05:57:20 PM »
OK, wasn't sure. 1/2" & 13mm are interchangeabl e but use the one with the tightest grip. 13mm is a human hair smaller than 1/2" & only the best quality tools are that accurate.
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Re: what socket for 2.3 head bolts
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2013, 06:24:34 PM »
Awesome, ordered a 13mm socket.  Hopefully it'll be here soon.  Very excited to get these old heads off and over to bo-port to get some work done on them.