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Old 08-20-2012, 07:40 PM   #1
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Removing elevator bolts- this worked for me

Working on the Bambi II, I got a medium sized hole saw and my drill. I drilled a hole around each elevator bolt head (with the pilot bit off center) about 1/4" deep. Then I chiseled out the circle of wood. This gave me greater access to the elevator bolt heads. I locked a vise grip on each one and wiggled it until it broke off, then tapped the remaining threads into the belly pan. We'll find those later. This procedure worked quite well.
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:56 PM   #2
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This is just what I needed thanks. now to go find my hole saw kit. ��
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Old 04-26-2016, 04:20 PM   #3
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I cut around them with a plunge cutting blade on a Harbor Freight multi tool then cut the bolts of with an electric cutoff tool.
When replacing the floor I used self threading floor bolts which worked out well.
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