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Also, when you use the impact driver, put a dab of valve lap compound on the tip of the bit. Greatly increases the grip on the screw.
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If you have access to an arc welder you could lay a large flat washer over the screw head and weld it to the head of the screw, then weld a nut to the washer. That will give way more than enough torque to get those screws out. Excellent reproduction screws are available. A mig welder might work for this, but the arc welder gives a good jolt to help break them loose.
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I'm not ready to give up just yet. Last night I tried a "0" tip and stuck it through the antenna hole. Heat cool, heat cool a couple times. I'll try again tonight. It seems like there is sheet metal around the nut from that angle but I'll check again tonight. I'm working on the pass. side and being right handed, it's a little awkward swinging the hammer without missing! ouch! I haven't missed yet but I did take a stupid fall when my vise grips slipped while pulling on the metal around the tail light trying to pull out a small dent! I know, that's why I called it a stupid fall! I grabbed the slide hammer after that. I did get a nice bruise where I fell into my grinder stand though. Dumb A**! Are all impact drivers created equal?
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Heat and cool the head of the screw, did you try that?

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By the way, you may want to get a 3/8" "butterfly" impact.



I won't live without one of these, I have a quality one both at work and home. They "hit" as they turn breaking bolts loose. And with the butterfly you can tighten and loosen back and forth to loosen stuff up. You can turn the speed way down so they are just hitting, tap, tap, tap, tap over and over. They are AWESOME and I highly recommend picking one up.

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Once again, with everyone's help, the job gets done! Heating and cooling the head did it! I would have figured that doing this would have softened the head and then stripped out with the impact driver but not so. Also under the head is a mean star lock washer that was actually sunk into the metal. I think the the head end was more "froze up" than the thread end like I originally thought and a whole lot easier to get to. Thanks again for all the help!
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Right on! I love it when a plan comes together.

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under the head is a mean star lock washer that was actually sunk into the metal.
The way those screws are recessed really gives that star washer a lot to bite with. Glad you got it done, now whats the next problem?
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Chevymon, You must be a mind reader! How did you know that I had more questions? Question on my 72 C-10 Chevy truck coming up.
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