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R&J MOTORSPORTS
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posted 01-27-2002 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for R&J MOTORSPORTS   Click Here to Email R&J MOTORSPORTS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How is the best way to remove drain plugs in a block that have been in there a while. Thanx, Joe

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Butch Jennings
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posted 01-27-2002 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Butch Jennings   Click Here to Email Butch Jennings     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

At the machine shop when we had plugs that were real bad, we would heat the area with a torch and then hit it with wax. I didn't believe it until I did it a few times, it works! The wax melts and runs down into the threads, it's amazing. Works way better than Liquid Wrench or any other penetrating oil I ever tried. We used Parawax in the blue box from the grocery store.

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Moneymaker
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posted 01-27-2002 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Heat works. Even a propane torch will do the trick.

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Alex Denysenko
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kcode
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posted 01-27-2002 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If all else fails and the block is out of the car, a good old drill and easy out works

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-27-2002 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently removed a bolt I was sure was time welded in place. I finally got it out by putting some vise grips on it, heating it, and quenching it with Liquid Wrench and giving it little taps with a hammer to set up a vibration so the Liquid Wrench would penetrate it. I was shocked when it finally started to back out. I was getting ready to reach for nuclear weapons.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-27-2002 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Butch, I'll have to try that wax tip some time.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 M code 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 open
'72 Mustang Sprint Coupe 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Lok
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Larry Jennings
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posted 01-27-2002 09:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry Jennings   Click Here to Email Larry Jennings     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An old guy told me that wintergreen oil from the drug store would get into the threads real easy, now after trying it a few times I can say with confidence "it don't work worth a dang" but it smells very nice , maybe I'll put wax with it and it'll do both LOL!

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R&J MOTORSPORTS
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posted 01-27-2002 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for R&J MOTORSPORTS   Click Here to Email R&J MOTORSPORTS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanx to all, I picked up a propane torch today and I will try with the wax, sounds like a good idea to me.

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Joe Strunk
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Moneymaker
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posted 01-27-2002 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wintergreen oil? What next, pine tree air fresheners for under hood odors?

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Alex Denysenko
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Snake
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posted 01-29-2002 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Snake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
CO2 fire extinguisher works well too.Used to use them to get manifold bolts out.
So cold it shrinks the bolts.

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Randy Wilson
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posted 01-30-2002 02:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randy Wilson   Click Here to Email Randy Wilson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had good luck heating them till they just started to glow a bit red, and quenching with motor oil. I think wax would work also, but haven't tried it myself. I can say that this method works very well, and the plugs come out so easily you can hardly believe it after trying everything else. I am not sure a propane torch will get it hot enough, fast enough, without heating up the block as well. I used an oxy acetylene(spelling?) torch and was able to get the plug hot very quickly, then quenched just as fast. Good luck.

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