Exhaust manifold bolts -1?

Onehit

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Oct 3, 2018
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I finally decided to change the passenger side exhaust manifold gasket out cuz it blew out in the back. I had an extra one laying around and of course the center boIt broke off. I tried to get the bolt out but no good its such an awkward spot to work at so I put it back with just the 4 and it's sealed up quiet again. anybody ever run without one of the bolts? I figured if it blows out again it's only five bucks to replace the gaskets and I really don't want to pull this head off to get that bolt out.1015181435a.jpg
 
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Onehit

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I wish...it sheared right at the head, there's nothing to grab. I tried walking it out with a punch but it just sheared more of it off. It would need to be drilled out.
 

Rktpwrd

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Its not on my Olds engine, but on my SBC, I’m running 1st gen manifolds with Vortec heads. There’s one bolt per side for the manifolds that doesn’t have a corresponding head bolt hole. I’ve had no issues with blowing out exhaust manifold gaskets or leaking with these bolts missing, so I think you’ll be fine.

Alternatively you could remove the manifold, and if you have access to a welder, weld a new nut on top of the broken stud. This would give you the leverage to remove it, and the heat it generates might help break it free as well.