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Re: Spark plug question

Subject: Re: Spark plug question
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 16:03:25 EDT
In a message dated 9/30/99 2:56:19 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< Bought some new spark plugs for my '79 Midget. Question. Do I have to move
 the alternator to get to the #1 plug? Is it easy to get to the bolts, or,
 as someone asked, is one of the radiator hoses in the way? Please, no flame
 about looking at it first. I'm at work and the question came into my mind.
 Has anyone thought of making a ratching box-end wrench (they have them now)
 that would be about a inch deep? Use this to get at spark plugs where a
 ratchet/deep socket won't fit? >>

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That was me who had to remove the radiator hose to move the alternator to 
remove plug #1.  I was in a hurry to get the car on the road for my first 
drive, and rather than spend time looking for the perfect wrench and getting 
my hands all smooched (is that a word?) in there, it was easier and quicker 
to just take off the top hose.

If your fan belt allows enough room to get a spark plug socket on the plug 
without moving the alternator, you may be able to turn the socket with an 
open or box end wrench instead of the socket wrench.  I could, in no way, get 
a socket onto the plug.

I will be looking for a slightly longer fan belt before my next tune up.  
That will allow the alternator to sit low enough to get a socket on the plug. 
 I looked at several Spitfidgets at the Moss Fest in NJ, and they all had the 
alternator sitting lower than mine.

Allen Hefner
SCCA Philly Region Rally Steward
'77 Midget
'92 Mitsubishi Expo LRV Sport

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