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spray004
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 29
posted May 25, 2005 07:19 AM  
Any tips or tricks for removing freeze plugs and the oil plugs from the back of a 350 block? I've banged the **** out of the freeze plugs with a large screwdriver and sledge hammer trying to free them up to remove them. Also the rear oil plugs aren't budging.

leapinlizard
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 402
posted May 25, 2005 07:41 AM  
Freeze plugs. Drive in the side and pull then out with channel locks prying agianst he side of the block. Knock them in, twist them out.

Torch the area untill dull red hot then quench with oil. Result's in near instant removal.

spray004
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 29
posted May 25, 2005 08:28 AM  
Thats what I've been trying to do for the freeze plugs but have had no luck at all.

I don't own a torch nor are they allowed where I live (I rent). All I have is a small hand torch for small stuff.

leapinlizard
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 402
posted May 25, 2005 09:37 AM  
Use a punch/old screw driver and hit the plug next to the block to push that part inward 90'. Don't be afraid to hit it. You need a good wackin.

spray004
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 29
posted May 25, 2005 11:05 AM  
Oh being afraid isnt the problem. I've already punched a hole through one freeze plug. I use a 14-18" standard screw driver with a 10lb hammer.

mfcracing
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted May 25, 2005 12:40 PM  
The plastic/ rubber on the handle isn't helping..... Use a punch. You need a solid hit.

spray004
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 29
posted May 26, 2005 06:51 AM  
Think it would ok and safe to smooth out all the casting grit in the valley so long as I dont get into the lifter bores? I'm building up a short block and want to make it as perfect as possible.

leapinlizard
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 402
posted May 26, 2005 09:44 AM  
Yep. Aid's in oil control.

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