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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 26th, 03, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 69 rs,ss 396 w/air how in the world do you get to the #8 plug? I was able to get the plug in with the fender off while under restoration,but was unable to get much on it. I can only imagine what this job will be like with the fender on. Any help will be greatly appreciated David P
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 26th, 03, 09:26 AM
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I've used an adjustable wrench, socket with unversal, lawnmover spark plug remover that has a hole drilled thru the socket for a breaker bar, opened end wrench and maybe others. A universal was scarey since I worried about snapping the plug. Make sure you keep it lined up if using a universal pivoting type of joint. The portable drive onto ramp that are about 4 feet long and 1.5 feet high are cheap. Maybe a set of those would give you the room to get up there after it.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 03, 06:50 AM
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My solution, not great but it works for me. Put the car on ramps, or jack up front. I took a 1.5 inch bolt, ground down the end to fit my 3/8 drive spark plug socket, head is 3/4 inch for a wrench or a ratchet wrench. Crawl under, put the socket on by hand, put the custom made bolt into the socket by hand, then reach up and put the wrench onto the bolt and remove. Works for me, not easy, but works. The worst part is trying to get the plug wire back on securely.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 03, 04:07 AM
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Way back when I started as an apprentice mechanic, I was changing plugs in a Chevy, Having a hell of a time, Old mechanic comes over and watches for a minute,
he says, Don't try to put the plugs in from over top the fender, you will never do it,
How then? I ask,
He says lean in over the radiator,
Have been changing plugs that way ever since, Your hand angle is right all the time,
Able to change all 4 on my 68 with AC
I also use use a short piece (3-4 inches)of 5/16 fuel line which I push over the plug, Use this to start the plug, just pull it off after hand tight, 1/4 turn with the plug socket.
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