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Old 09-20-2013, 07:37 PM
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probably the first project will be a skid plate for the truck, i've been copying you and wrapping the stocker like tin foil on the underside of my truck.

I was going to build a gate for the house till I saw how much the tubing (pipe) costs!

Might make a pipe rack for the work truck soon if there's time, will be good learning time.
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:16 AM
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Hey those aren't too bad man. Awesome that you're learning TIG, I'm jealous haha.

Make a Billy's TIG Projects thread and keep us posted on what else you make.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:33 PM
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Good idea I guess I kinda hijacked the shop thread..
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:14 AM
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Anyone out there have a 9/16" spark plug socket or a broken spark plug remover kit?
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:36 AM
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No 9/16 here. Just 5/8 and 13/16.
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:50 AM
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Thanks anyways dude.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:51 PM
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oh no... is your ford one of those ones that needs the crazy spark plug maint? like the buildup inside causes them to bind and break off when removing?
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:57 AM
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Ya, the spark plugs have a sleeve that sits so close to the port in the head that carbon buildup and expanding/contracting from heat cause it to seize to the head.

Worse though is the cam phaser issue. Lucass and I are going to change one of mine out that is keeping the cam 10 deg advanced when it should be at rest during idle. It's throwing a CEL and I can't smog it. Ford wants $1270 to do it... Doing the plugs since it's got 145K now and we're gonna be in there anyways.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:43 PM
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Dang.. Good luck! Did u do the pretreatment to bust up the carbon?
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:58 AM
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Thanks! Ya, I think I should be good as I've had a shop do it a while back, I mainly use Chevron, and recently I put a little Sea Foam in there in. Do the Lucas Oil fuel cleaner sometimes too. We'll see how it goes.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:22 AM
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are those issues expected to apply to 96 Ford Bronco?
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:17 PM
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nope, the overhead cam motors (1997+), especially the 5.4 v8 is when a variety of plug issues started.
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:50 AM
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Doc, it depends on plug and head design. There are "one piece" plugs that you can buy for these engines that will not be prone to breaking like the "two piece" factory plugs.

Here are "two piece" factory plugs with the sleeve that seizes to the head, you can see how it breaks off:


Here's a "one piece" that does not have the sleeve:
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:39 PM
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whew, I got Florences bronco back in el centro......don't need crazy plug issues to figure out.
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