<VV> Stripped threads/plug holes

Secular rusecular at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 18 10:23:21 EST 2007

  >> One thing I have never done is cross thread a plug......yet.


  You must be newbie to cross threading Rick but, have no fear -  Do exactly as I say, 
  and you'll hold your head up high soon, like a pro:
    1) Warm up the engine. Preferably past 400 degrees. An engine with one or 
    two quarts short in oil would be ideal. 

    2) turn it off by turning the ignition switch counter clockwise. 

    3) start taking the hardest spark plug first. Tighten to 80 ft-lbs first - then unscrew 
    the plug real fast, while pulling the ratchet wrench left to right vigorously. 
  I'm certain others will show you a different method, ** ignore them ** ! focus on what I just taught you :)

  One of these days, you'll own a V8 corvair and it'll be much harder cross threading that jewel...so
  enjoy it while you have an good aluminum engine. 


  Tony I.  
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Rick Norris 
  To: Blaine Sanders ; virtualvairs at corvair.org 
  Sent: Monday, November 19, 2007 9:20 AM
  Subject: Re: <VV> Stripped threads/plug holes

  > Is it possible to repair the threads in a spark plug hole without removing 
  > the head?  How difficult a fix is it?

  Kits are available at local FLAPS.
  Best spark plug "repair" I've seen was on an engine someone gave me. It had 
  a stripped plug hole so they had wrapped black electrical tape around it and 
  screwed it back in the hole!
  One thing I have never done is cross thread a plug......yet.

  Rick Norris 

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