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Got to changing my plugs on the wag finally... got to the number 3 plug.. Ain't no getting to it.. I'm about ready to just break the damn thing and move on... Center dump exhaust.. Any ideas before I crack it with a hammer??????...
 

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I have two or three plugs that I have to throw a socket and then use a wrench on it to get it out, just like the others above.

With my old heads, on one plug I could take a box end wrench (angled) and fit it over the plug and get it out like that, because getting the socket on was a pain too.

Headers make things fun, haha!
 

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Sometimes you have to go under the header flange and remove them with a box end wrench. Buy a set of those accel shorty plugs might make you're life easier. RICK
 

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Sometimes you have to go under the header flange and remove them with a box end wrench. Buy a set of those accel shorty plugs might make you're life easier. RICK
It's impossible to get a plug wrench on it.. I've tried just about everything I can think of... except short plugs... I'd concider them but I need to get the #3 plug out first.. I'm going to drive it up on ramps this morning to see if I can get it from under the car... It even looks like the plugs been in since 1964:eek::eek:.. its rusted up pretty good
 

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I have two or three plugs that I have to throw a socket and then use a wrench on it to get it out, just like the others above.

With my old heads, on one plug I could take a box end wrench (angled) and fit it over the plug and get it out like that, because getting the socket on was a pain too.

Headers make things fun, haha!
There not header... they're the original center dump exhaust manifolds
 

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I have used a 5/8" socket with a wrench on the end like stated. Another good wrench is an old Model A wrench. It has a really good offset to it an it's 5/8" box end. I have used it many times over the years.
 

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I have used a 5/8" socket with a wrench on the end like stated. Another good wrench is an old Model A wrench. It has a really good offset to it an it's 5/8" box end. I have used it many times over the years.
I have a few offset wrench's.. but the size is 13/16.. not 5/8
 

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I have a few offset wrench's.. but the size is 13/16.. not 5/8
Yeap yours would be 13/16", all mine for the longest have been 5/8" unless I was running the old double humps back in the days and one old 283 I had.

If you have a hex head socket you can cut them down and shorten them a bit sometimes and then use the wrench to turn it.
 

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Randy, the plug socket is generally just a tad longer than it needs to be... try cutting/grinding about 1/4" off the end and see if it will then make the turn in between the gear box...

might be the socket is a teeny tad too long ;)

try it on one of those cheap plug sockets, don't cut a good one ;)

i have numerous sockets & wrenches i've modified through the years for specific applications. i've more plug tools i've modified than any others... i wonder why? ;)
 

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Randy, the plug socket is generally just a tad longer than it needs to be... try cutting/grinding about 1/4" off the end and see if it will then make the turn in between the gear box...

might be the socket is a teeny tad too long ;)

try it on one of those cheap plug sockets, don't cut a good one ;)

i have numerous sockets & wrenches i've modified through the years for specific applications. i've more plug tools i've modified than any others... i wonder why? ;)
Great idea Johnny... I have a few sockets.. I'll sacrifice one.. You one smart dude... But ya didn't hear from me..... :no::D.. Thanks
 

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I put my Wagon up on ramps, and got some of them from underneath.

My Wagon had a 327 with center dump stock Ram horns.

If I remember, I did use the spark plug socket with a wrench on a couple of them.
 

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I use the snap on socket that is machined for that application once over the plug the wrench can be used to remove it the center on the socket has a little bigger opening for the side slip in and its shorter
 

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Thanks everyone.. I used Johnny's idea.. Cut 1/4 + a touch off the socket.. Slid right one then used a 7/8 box end to loosen and tighten it back on.. Took a whopping 10 min. to do the last two plugs.


Big thanks to Johnny for his very spot on fix.............. Thanks Johnny once again.. you've proven that old is wise...:D:D:D:cool:
 

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I'm doing this right now with my 283. Glad I'm not the only one struggling with that one. ITs all stock you'd think GM woulda made it easier.
 

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With the stock manifolds I always found the right side to be worse than the left (not #3 but #4 was hardest). However, removing #2, leaving it out and then attacking #4 always seemed to make it a lot easier.

And yes, a couple of "custom" tools can help!
 
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