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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 24th, 03, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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Probably a simple question, how do I remove the oil galley plugs on the front of the engine?

Also, how do I remove the plug under the #5 main cap? Also, how far does this plug get driven down?

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If the plugs are the threaded type you can install a socket wrench drive into the plug and they will back out. If they are tight and don't want to come - apply a little "localized" heat from a torch at and around the plug to 'loosen' it and they should come right out.
If they are the driven in type (like a soft plug) you can drill or punch a hole in the center, instert a screw and use a nail puller or pliers or ??? to pull them out. A slide-hammer can also be used to pop them out.
If this is a performance rebuild I would recommend you tap the holes out for screw in plugs before you send block out for machine work. The machine shop can do this for you (and install the new plugs) if you don't have the tools to do this.

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They are HARD to get out but there IS a way. You heat them up to dull cherry red, let them cool for about a minute, and then spray them down with WD-40 or PB Blaster and just back them out with your 3/8" drive socket handle and extension bar combo. Works great every time.
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Thanks guys.

The front plugs have not been tapped yet, they are still the type that gets punched in. I forgot about the drill-screw-pull idea. I'll do that.

My oxy-acetelyne torch is out of Oxygen, so I used a MAPP gas torch to heat up the pipe plugs in the rear. I was surprised to see that I didn't need to get them red, just get them nice and hot, then spray it down with oil. This didn't, however, work for the pipe plug just above the oil filter mount. The darn hex portion stripped before I even knew it. I'll have to refill my oxygen tanks then use an EZ Out. Rats!

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If the lifters are out, remove the galley plugs on the rear and run a dowl rod or something through and bump out the pressed front plugs.
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Take a 1/4"x 3' steel rod from the hardware store & run it down from the top to tap out the one by the main cap. Be sure you note which way it goes & how deep it is before you knock it out.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 30th, 03, 03:40 AM
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A neat trick to remove the stubborn galley plugs or the threaded plugs in the water jackets is to go buy a tube of 'Door Eze" (sp?) or else grab a wax candle. Heat up the plug, and press the stick against the area. The hot material will flow around the threads and help lube them to make the plug easier to loosen.

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Ditto on the wax candle thing... pdq67



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