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I'm An Idiot
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OK, so I'm in the process of pulling the harmonic balancer off, getting great tips from people, because it's a bear. I watched a video that said to loosen the the bolt until it's almost off and then rest the puller on that for some extra leverage as you begin pulling it. I make good progress until it's almost off, and then it gets sticky and eventually I can't even turn the cheater bar without risk of breaking the puller. What's the problem, I'm asking myself as I spray quarts of penetrating oil all around? I never completely removed the puller at any time, so I never see the face of the HB. Do I need to apply some searious heat to get this sucker off, I ask?

In my sleep I go through the steps to get 'er loose, and finally visualize the bolt that remains attached by a few threads which is getting in the way.

I am officially declaring myself a knucklehead, for the rest of today and maybe this whole week as well, and I've changed my User Title to reflect that. What a moron! Rolleyes

Doc

Doc

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Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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#2
73vertproject;10582 Wrote:OK, so I'm in the process of pulling the harmonic balancer off, getting great tips from people, because it's a bear. I watched a video that said to loosen the the bolt until it's almost off and then rest the puller on that for some extra leverage as you begin pulling it. I make good progress until it's almost off, and then it gets sticky and eventually I can't even turn the cheater bar without risk of breaking the puller. What's the problem, I'm asking myself as I spray quarts of penetrating oil all around? I never completely removed the puller at any time, so I never see the face of the HB. Do I need to apply some searious heat to get this sucker off, I ask?

In my sleep I go through the steps to get 'er loose, and finally visualize the bolt that remains attached by a few threads which is getting in the way.

I am officially declaring myself a knucklehead, for the rest of today and maybe this whole week as well, and I've changed my User Title to reflect that. What a moron! Rolleyes

Doc

Happens to the best of us Doc. Nobody got hurt besides your pride, move on and forget it happened.
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#3
Doc like tn said, dodo happens. I get in those situtations I just walk away from it for a few days.
Jim

drive it like you stole it
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#4
If I posted up everything I've done that fell into the "idiot" category I would fill the forum and crash the server.

Dont beat yourself up over it. You learned the hard way...just like me! Welcome to the club.

1972 Mach 1
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Under full restoration

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#5
its called the Doofus Award.

We have all gotten one before and will again.

Welcome to the club.


If a Doofus award goes wrong its called a Darwin award.
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#6
72HCODE;10602 Wrote:its called the Doofus Award.

We have all gotten one before and will again.

Welcome to the club.


If a Doofus award goes wrong its called a Darwin award.

I've got a wall full of this award,but that's how you learn.

Jay
73 mach1
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#7
Like I told an old boss of mine if I never tear anything up means I;m not working on anything.[/align]
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#8
Yes you are Doc! Big Grin Jus Kidding! Been there, done that, but always feels good when you find it and no harm done. That's why I try to have an extra pair of eyes. For example, the other day I did an oil change but forgot to put the oil drain screw on and the oil drained back out. My Dad caught this and well, luckly only one quart down the drain. I would've poured all 5 quarts, then checked the dip stick and saw nothing and probably would've poured another quart and another and never realized the dang oil was draining out the plug LOL! So don't feel bad, there's even a bigger idjiot out there :p
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#9
no harm done, I would have kept turning the wrench untill something snaped.
In the past I have removed the thick washer and put the balancer bolt by itself, the balancer will come all the way out and the bolt in there will protect the crankshaft threads

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1972 Mustang Convertible 351C 4V
1966 Ford Galaxie 7 litre-4speed

Jorge
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#10
Thanks, everyone! I'm certainly human just like everyone else.

I got home today, went straight to the garage (even though it's now down in teens again) and removed the harmonic balancer and water pump in about three minutes:


.jpg   Harmonic balancer and waterpump removed (Small).JPG (Size: 77.74 KB / Downloads: 61)

More info in the Wiki, very soon! Thanks again for the encouragement.

Doc

Doc

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Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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