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Author Topic:   Oil Galley Plugs-- help needed and Thanks Ford5
posted August 08, 2004 08:37 PM
A huge word of caution when doin the plugs... and I mean hugely important here.. I do know from first hand experience all too well.
The 1/4 plugs are the correct way to go, but on the center of the 3, that one is what feeds around the cam bearing and I believe into 1 and 2 rod, and 1 main, Regardless, Before you install the plug, grind the end into a slight cone shape at about 45 degree angle on the end. Also measure distance to where the very edge of the oiling hole is and then measure the length of the plug you are putting in. DO NOT .. DO NOT INSERT PLUG ANYWHERE OVER THAT HOLE!! I melted a complete bottom end in my 360 sprint car w/ crower crank, carrillo rods, etc... ultimately cost so many thousands of dollars it would make ya cry. And no, I didnt do the assembly, I did however find the culprit. That plug will always have pressure on it from the inside forcing it outward. We did the grind into cone, then for the gear drive lightly ground the outside flush so it would clear, then lightly peened the edge of the block so it couldn't back out and used a teflon paste sealer to seal it and snug it in place. been there for a year and a half and haven't had an oiling issue ever since either, I run a dry sump of course but that doesnt matter in the importance of this little plug.
Michael Harris. 44H
PS: if you use grease, and are extremely careful. and do not get in a hurry, then you should be ok . Should be ..... if there is any question, take apart. Use tape to triple block everything you can , anything to seal it from gettin chips anywhere, but make sure the feed hole is clear !

posted August 09, 2004 07:47 AM
have someone hold the shop vac while you tap it. will draw the shavings around the tap.

posted August 09, 2004 04:51 PM
No problem Wheels47..........we Ford guys have to stick together huh? right Outlawstock17? maybe a magnet to catch the shavings? use a small slide hammer to get the old ones out with a sheet metal scr-ew

posted August 09, 2004 07:19 PM
that's right ford5. thanks for your help with my clutch problem.

posted August 10, 2004 07:28 PM
Hey Ford5----Hey im Wheels47 son, ----we got engine all tapped and plugged and everything seems to be working oil pressure is around 83# at idle, never been this high. Usually around 70-75 at idle. I did put a new pump on it maybe thats the this too high or will it be all right?

posted August 11, 2004 05:05 AM
the new pump is probably the cause, unless those plugs were leaking before, is that a high volume pump? What weight oil are you running? 83 lbs. is plenty but shouldnt be too much as to be a problem, just don't rev the engine too much when cold until you get some heat in the oil and you should be ok.

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