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Spark plug removal

Ok so I have a question. As most of third gen camaro and firebird owners know, it's a love/hate relationship we have with them. On my 84 camaro, I need to remove the spark plugs. Problem is, the headers I have, I can't get a ratchet and socket in there to remove the plugs because there is no room between the plug and the headers. I also can't fit a wrench in there because the hex of the plug sit recessed into the head. Now without removing the headers themselves, is there any way to get those darn plugs out?

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Most plug sockets have a hex head on the back, can you get a socket on them and use an open end wrench to break them loose? Or maybe grind two flats on the socket mid-body and use a wrench on it, maybe even shortening the socket? How about making your own trick box end out of a plug socket, cut/weld? Thinking way outside the box here!
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Ok so I have a question. As most of third gen camaro and firebird owners know, it's a love/hate relationship we have with them. On my 84 camaro, I need to remove the spark plugs. Problem is, the headers I have, I can't get a ratchet and socket in there to remove the plugs because there is no room between the plug and the headers. I also can't fit a wrench in there because the hex of the plug sit recessed into the head. Now without removing the headers themselves, is there any way to get those darn plugs out?
A thing called O-Ratchet is most helpful. The socket is much shorter than a conventional spark plug socket and is driven from the outside by a ratchet handle that is hollow through the head. With this you can slip the socket down the plug then put the handle over the insulator and slide it down to engage the socket, then turn the plug out. Reverse the process to put the new one in.

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Most plug sockets have a hex head on the back, can you get a socket on them and use an open end wrench to break them loose? Or maybe grind two flats on the socket mid-body and use a wrench on it, maybe even shortening the socket? How about making your own trick box end out of a plug socket, cut/weld? Thinking way outside the box here!
Lol that's way outside the box! But it's something I didn't think of! This is why I come on here, to get fresh ideas and advice
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A thing called O-Ratchet is most helpful. The socket is much shorter than a conventional spark plug socket and is driven from the outside by a ratchet handle that is hollow through the head. With this you can slip the socket down the plug then put the handle over the insulator and slide it down to engage the socket, then turn the plug out. Reverse the process to put the new one in.

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Thanks man! I'll have to try that one too! These things are really bothering me. I put new heads on them and now the car sputters when I'm just cruising but when I get on it, it comes alive! It feels like a fouled plug. Could be something else, but I figured I'd try that first.
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Try a SLP Performance 30102 short 5/8" spark plug socket that has a 3/4" hex. The short socket allows the spark plug to pass through the socket and you turn the socket with a 3/4" open-end ratchet wrench or a box-end ratchet wrench. Yes they do make a open end ratchet wrench. Be sure to go back in with platinum center electrode spark plugs so you will not need t check or change plugs for the life of the engine.

This is probably more the details of what Bogie was referring to.
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Try a SLP Performance 30102 short 5/8" spark plug socket that has a 3/4" hex. The short socket allows the spark plug to pass through the socket and you turn the socket with a 3/4" open-end ratchet wrench or a box-end ratchet wrench. Yes they do make a open end ratchet wrench. Be sure to go back in with platinum center electrode spark plugs so you will not need t check or change plugs for the life of the engine.

This is probably more the details of what Bogie was referring to.
Yeah, you can get on the outside hex of the O-Ratchet sockets with a 3/4 or 20mm box or open end as well as the kit's ratchet handle.

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Sears #21936, Open end ratchet set, 4 pieces, 8 sizes.... $20
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Lol that's way outside the box! But it's something I didn't think of! This is why I come on here, to get fresh ideas and advice
Yep, too many years in Alaska making do I guess, we are an odd bunch...but it looks like there are real tools out there, good luck.
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I'll get right on this tomorrow and I'll let you all know how it goes. Thanks guys!!!
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