First post here. Having a little issue with my old but dang reliable 1984 ford f-150.
I just replaced the alternator as it was going out and the top insert thread attaching the alternator to the engine block seems to be stripped. Tried to get the bolt to thread in for a good hour or so but it wont catch at all. Seems like its damaged right at the front of the insert. For now I’ve put a shorter bolt and nut through it to hold the alternator in place but that’s a poor bandaid fix at best.
I was looking at potential solutions and came across the helicoil or of course I could tap it. The issue with that being the need for space to work. I can’t imagine being able to get the right angle and clearance to pull that off without taking the whole truck apart and putting it on a bench.
I don’t have the time, know-how, or will to do all that.
So all that to say that I was looking at the loctite stripped thread repair kit which seems to have good reviews. My concern is that because the insert isn’t threading at all with the bolt, the kit wouldn’t work because it needs to at least go inside the insert a little bit, right?
Does anyone have experience with that or any other suggestions on how I can go about fixing this? Thanks!