ok tried plan A today without much success. We drilled one bolt and attempted to use an easy out with a bit of heat (not enough I don't think). Predictably the easy out snapped
This was expected but I'd thought we'd give it a go anyway.
So now we are going to try and get the last 4 bolts out without snapping them. we tried using a blow torch today but it didn't seemed to get it very hot and we couldn't get the bolt out (I didn't want to try it too hard at this stage). I think the heat is just dissipating into the block. Those who have suggested the blow torch technique, how do you get round this problem? How long should I be holding the torch there for?
If I don't have any luck, next stage is to take off the gearcase and run the engine as suggested. This, with my limited experience, I think is risky so any other advice on how long I do it for would be appreciated (Nos, you suggested doing the spit test on the exhaust plate, thats all good but where's the exhaust plate?!
...up inside the leg I'm thinking).
Looking on the brightside, I managed to get my trailer wheel spinning again and the cooling system seems to have unblocked which was the whole reason for taking this plate off in the first place