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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old May 26th, 15, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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68 Camaro, 383 raised port pro comp angle plug heads 1 3/4" hooker super comps
does anyone have any tricks on how to remove and install the plugs for #3 and #5 cylinder
every thing I have is either to long to short or to big in diameter
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old May 26th, 15, 04:56 PM
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Re: spark plug removal

I usually use a closed ended wrench.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old May 26th, 15, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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with the angle of the plug and the steering box there is no way to use a box or open wrench.
I can get a thin wall socket with a short universal on the plug , but I can only move it about 3 turns . then I can't get my combination of the plug . so then I have to tighten back about two turns to get everything off. then it is a hex headed plug socket and move it maybe 1/8' at a time
it takes me 1.5 hours to remove #3 and #5 plug. the same or a little more time for replacement
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Re: spark plug removal

Break it loose the way you have been doing, and then slip a section of tight-fitting vacuum tubing on the end of the plug and turn it out.

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Break it loose the way you have been doing, and then slip a section of tight-fitting vacuum tubing on the end of the plug and turn it out.
X2 I use 3/8 fuel hose. Makes a great universal for spark plugs


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Another thought is to use shorty spark plugs

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with the angle of the plug and the steering box there is no way to use a box or open wrench.
I can get a thin wall socket with a short universal on the plug , but I can only move it about 3 turns . then I can't get my combination of the plug . so then I have to tighten back about two turns to get everything off. then it is a hex headed plug socket and move it maybe 1/8' at a time
it takes me 1.5 hours to remove #3 and #5 plug. the same or a little more time for replacement
Yep used to have that issue.
Buy a chinese elcheapo set of sockets and ring spanners.u can mod the plug socket to drop over the plug... to break loose...use a bent modded ring spanner....
Once the torque is broken the plug winds out with fingers nps.

u may also find access is easier with the wheel turned or even off the car...

And next time do not put cold spark plugs into a warm engine... cold plugs cold engine.

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thanks for the replies
I have tried all the above . I guess I was hoping to hear of something I hadn't tried
if photobucket was working properly I would post a picture of the altered tools and different lengths of hose I have
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Yes, had the same problem years ago.
Get a hex head plug socket and shorten the height - yes, insulator will stick out of the sq drive. Use wrench to loosen/tighten.
As said by Steps, once loose, fingers, or as others suggest, and I have one in my tool box, a length of fuel line and vacuum hose for slipping over the insulator and screw/unscrew the plug.

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This works for lots of hard to get to plugs

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Re: spark plug removal

That doesn't sound like too much fun.
I have the same headers for my sbc, and haven't purchased the heads yet, I'll make sure to get straight plugs heads, but I'm sure it will still be a PITA.

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Yes, had the same problem years ago.
Get a hex head plug socket and shorten the height - yes, insulator will stick out of the sq drive. Use wrench to loosen/tighten.
That's what I have also. Works great on hard to get to plugs.

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I went and bought a cheap 3/8" drive 5/8" plug socket a 7/32" 1/4" drive socket and several 1/4" extensions
my plan is to weld the 7/32 to the 3/8 which should give me room to use the 1/4 ratchet
I hope
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just to let you know the setup in the above post worked great. I did forget to take the rubber out of the plug socket before welding, but that actually made it easier to get the socket on
one other thing I did was to take a cutoff wheel to the male end of the extension behind the square and it gives you a wobble affect
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If u dial in a engine well, and considering the quality of modern spark plugs... its not often one needs to change them anyway.
Camaro service due yesterday.. change oil, grease, radiator drain and flush, top up washer bottle, check timing curves, VA curves/ diaphram vac specs etc... And fortunately my wife has an incredible 'ear' for engines... describes what hears in a manner one can "ID" the issue.. she picked up a slight miss between 1200 and 1600 rpms taking off from an intersection taking the car to her work couple days ago.
So time to change spark plugs... take them out.. look good, very good actually...very little wear on some to hardly any on others...
Check the car log... damn 10 1/2 yrs since they where put in !!!!
NGK BP6S (slightly colder plug for the high octane fuel)
Keep in mind this is a daily driven car for the last 35 yrs...

Dial your engine in has huge benefits besides performance economy... but reliability, maintenance, and convenience.

And yes she was right on about the miss.. the data logger O2 richen up 4 points

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