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Old 03-29-2017, 05:37 PM
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The joy of installing freeze plugs

As I mentioned in What Have You Done to Your Truck, I put 2 new freeze plugs (AKA core plugs) in the '74 F250 SuperCab.

One was weeping and the other clearly was about to begin weeping. As you know, they are driven into the hole with some sort of tool, usually a handy socket. Problem is it's wicked hard to swing a hammer up in there what with the starter and exhaust and all the other bits of junk in the way. And I'm tired of hitting my fingers with a BFH,

On a whim, I searched for freeze plug tool and found this on Amazon,


Some may say it's a one time tool and a bit of a waste of hard earned cash but I tell you what, I got the first plug in in just seconds! The second plug took longer as I had to remove the motor mount which involved jacking the engine up. Which caused it to pop out of gear and roll down the driveway until it came off the jack and went back into park.

Anyhow, at $55, it's pricey for a monotasker but since I've had to replace 3 plugs in 2 years, I'm thinking I'll get my moneys worth.

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The second plug took longer as I had to remove the motor mount which involved jacking the engine up. Which caused it to pop out of gear and roll down the driveway until it came off the jack and went back into park.
That's funny stuff right there, and any given day in my shop....... except it prolly would of rolled into my wife's car or something dumb..... I keep waiting for the shop fairy's to stop a drip I have on a freeze plug.... it refused to fix itself and its the center PS plug which is slightly tucked behind the motor mount , gonna give the fairy's a little more time to gett'er done, there prolly backed up right now with spring and all......


With the headers on a 4x4 FE changing it without pulling the motor may be wishful thinking.... Com'on Fairy's !!!!!!
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Almost needed cleanup in aisle two

I did the rear and the one that is partly blocked by the motor mount on the passenger side. It wasn't too hard, I pulled the nut on the mount to tower, then all the tower bolts. Then I jacked the engine up enough to get the tower out and set the oil pan down on a stack of plywood on the cross member. Then I was able to pull the mount and had easy access to the plug. Probably not that easy with headers though.

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Thanks for the link, that tool kit is like the ball joint press kit+4wd adapter kit. Not used daily, but nice to have on the shelf when needed.
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Nice to know there's a helpful tool. When I pulled the engines last year, the freeze plugs were in really good shape, but I replaced them all anyway. Only a few more bucks, and the engines were out. No more accessible than that!
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Not the best time to mention this, but if you have the freeze plugs out that is a great time to fresh water hose flush and coat hanger dig out the bottom of the block and get out casting trash and sediment? I remember reading that some place anyway.
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Not the best time to mention this, but if you have the freeze plugs out that is a great time to fresh water hose flush and coat hanger dig out the bottom of the block and get out casting trash and sediment? I remember reading that some place anyway.
Great idea-wish I had thought to do that!
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Great idea-wish I had thought to do that!
If I only had a dime for every time I have thought that....
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Maybe you should have spent that money on a set of wheel chocks???? LMAO.....glad nobody got hurt and nothing banged up...........
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Funny thing is I have 4 of those big stinky chock that harbor freight sells. And all 4 were under the truck for 2 months while I was rebuilding the transmission.

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Yeah....well..........LOL
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Copied, pasted and sent my guys via an E-mail a portion of your first post about the truck rolling down the driveway for their daily stand up safety lecture. Because it's somewhat funny, it gets the right safety message across. Good input.
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Block Sludge !


Heres what I found in mine when I flushed it out last fall..... I think this may be an extreme case, the PO used only water to cool the truck..... which explained the rusted out plugs and rusty passages
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Copied, pasted and sent my guys via an E-mail a portion of your first post about the truck rolling down the driveway for their daily stand up safety lecture. Because it's somewhat funny, it gets the right safety message across. Good input.
thats actually the reason I admit to these things. So others can learn. Who would have thought that lifting the front of the engine would cause the transmission to come out of park?

I'm usualy pretty aware of safety issues, up until Monday, I've never had stitches that weren't caused by the medical profession and I'm 56.

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