<VV> More on Easy Outs

Jim Becker mr.jebecker at gmail.com
Mon Sep 18 21:33:06 EDT 2017

I certainly wasn't out to start a pissing contest with you in my original 
post, and certainly wouldn't want to now that you are completing the lap and 
have paraphrased my original comment about a bolt that somebody 

I see an opportunity for a learning experience here.  Maybe at next year's 
convention you could do a tech session demonstrating use of an EZ-out to 
remove a broken bolt/stud.  I imagine Andy's friend will have his problem 
solved by then, but somebody is bound to have a similar problem at 
convention time.  If nobody does, I'm sure I can fish a part with a broken 
bolt out of my accumulation of not-yet-needed spares.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Smitty via VirtualVairs
Sent: Monday, September 18, 2017 4:48 PM
To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
Subject:  More on Easy Outs

"the limits of Easy Outs"

Yeah, the limits of a flawed concept.  The idea that you can take something
smaller in diameter that the original twisted off bolt, wedge it in the
middle of said broken bolt thus putting expansion pressure on the broken
bolt, then expect it to withstand the torque required to remove the broken

As I already stated, it may work on a new bolt.  That is the limit of an
EZ-out.  The previously suggested use of one to remove a twisted off
manifold stud is imprudent and outside of the recognized limits of the
Smitty Says.  Jim I have no interest in trying a pissing contest with you
but your blanket statement that they have no value is dead wrong.  This is
based on 30 years as an aircraft mechanic, where I have saved more aircraft
parts than I would ever be able to carry in a sack through the use of Easy
Outs.  When it is Easy out time, finesse is the watchword.  If a guy drills
a hole in a broken stud and shoves an Easy Out into it, and then twists
until he breaks it off, then he deserves what he gets.  You ignore the fact
that many times a stud breaks because of the tensile load applied by "Mr.
Wrench" has simply pulled it in two.  That's an easy one for an Easy Out and
I know of no superior product to use in it's place.  Many times the
application of a flat punch with a heavy hammer on the end of the stud can
crack the oxidation products holding the bolt.  Get the Easy Out to finish
the job.  Those are only two applications where the intelligent mechanic can
use an Easy Out , and there are many more.

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