We love driving our Mopars, and enjoy maintaining, repairing, and upgrading them as well. As most of you know, there's a certain satisfaction that goes along with being able to perform mechanical work, making restoring cars a relaxing and fun hobby. One part of the hobby that isn't relaxing, however, is when you break off a fastener either trying to remove it or by over-tightening. You know the feeling, it's about to break loose and then snap . . . often accompanied by bloody knuckles and various words that can't be used in front of children. And while a broken fastener is bad enough, attempting to remove it improperly can only make matters worse, adding to your aggravation.

After the cursing and Band-Aids, the fact is that the broken fastener must still be removed, so most of us go for the Vise-Grips, which is a big mistake. Do you really think that if the fastener broke using the proper tool to remove it that Vise-Grips will do anything but mar the remaining stub? Not likely. In fact, we usually recommend staying away from the Vise-Grips and using other techniques like drilling with a reverse bit, or using a bolt extractor, commonly called an Easy-Out, to remove the fastener.

While attempting to replace the valve cover and exhaust manifold gaskets on the '69 Chrysler Newport that we picked up recently, we broke a couple of exhaust manifold studs, and found fasteners that were previously broken, explaining the leaks we were trying to fix. It takes a little patience to remove broken fasteners properly, but it's possible to do with tools you either already have or tools that are available at the local hardware store. Follow along and we'll show you the tools and techniques we used to successfully remove our broken fasteners.