Handling heavy engine parts

Submitted by Buck Armiger, Solomons, MD

Illustration by Steve KarpWhen replacing heavy engine parts such as manifolds, thread two bolts with the heads cut off into the outside bolt holes to line up the gasket and manifold with the exhaust ports. Start the new bolts in the empty holes, and when you have installed several of them hand-tight, remove the studs, thread in the last bolts, and tighten everything. This eliminates the difficult job of lining up the gasket and the manifold with the exhaust ports. It also makes manhandling heavy parts a one-person job.

This article originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.