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While changing the hoses and thermostat I stripped one of the bolt holes(using a 1/4 ratchet, go figure) for the thermostat housing, I was wondering what or how to fix this. I don't think there is enough metal to insert a helicoil maybe tap to the next size...any ideas would be appreciated
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What's that bolt size?
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I know nothing of your location you are working in, but perhaps I can be of assistance with THIS followed by THIS?

Also, you can possibly use a longer bolt and get to deeper threads, or you could possibly drill it deeper and tap it for the original threads?
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Going up is probably a good solution and the easiest. Keep in mind it's metric, so a possible solution is a slightly bigger imperial sized bolt.
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I think the original size is 6 x 1.0. You can probably do a 7 or even an 8 without much problem. What size is that motor again? 3.5L?
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I know nothing of your location you are working in, but perhaps I can be of assistance with THIS followed by THIS?

Also, you can possibly use a longer bolt and get to deeper threads, or you could possibly drill it deeper and tap it for the original threads?
This and This, were some really cool things! did you make that arrangement or, was that a set that can be purchased?
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This and This, were some really cool things! did you make that arrangement or, was that a set that can be purchased?
My dad and I made it from some metric hardware and a piece of wire that came from an old church organ (small electric) that I took apart once.

We have since made a second one for a car I was working on for my sister.
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Maybe I'm going to have to put a drill press on my Christmas wish list!
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I think the original size is 6 x 1.0. You can probably do a 7 or even an 8 without much problem. What size is that motor again? 3.5L?
or even a 1/4", which is 6.5 mm.
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I think the original size is 6 x 1.0. You can probably do a 7 or even an 8 without much problem. What size is that motor again? 3.5L?
It's a 2.7 and I think a seven would work, just need to remove the alternator in order to get strait into the hole to cut new threads.
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It's a 2.7...just need to remove the alternator in order to get strait into the hole to cut new threads.
Ugh! You have my sympathy. The 2.7 alternator is no fun to R&R - BTDT.
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Ugh! You have my sympathy. The 2.7 alternator is no fun to R&R - BTDT.
Meh!

My 3/4" impact makes short work of that problem! LOL!
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Meh!

My 3/4" impact makes short work of that problem! LOL!
I removed the fans, belt, then the 3 bolts & took a 1/2" three foot bar place on top and a couple hits and she dropped down, now I need to get a proper size bolt and make sure I have the correct tap.

I'm getting pretty good at working on the cooling systems as I just replaced the rad in my 2001 last week.
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...I'm getting pretty good at working on the cooling systems as I just replaced the rad in my 2001 last week.
Another "fun" job!
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Also, you can possibly use a longer bolt and get to deeper threads, or you could possibly drill it deeper and tap it for the original threads?
I was able to thread a bolt(6 x 1.0) that is about 1/2 inch longer and snug it up. I don't know what else is stripped out on this car (Seems a "Shade Tree" mechanic had his hands all over it and didn't know crap about it)
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