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    Special tool or contortionist needed?

    My 1994 Z28 has an LT1 and my hand is too big to reach thru the space on the passenger side to get to the plugs. The wheel well is solid and the exhaust manifold denies me access. Any suggestions that can get me there? Is there a special tool or do I need a contortionist?
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    I looked at mine and said hell no. Without the alternator you will have a little more room. The last one or two might be easier from the bottom. Need a bunch of extensions and universals.

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    As said above, removal of some components will help, and 6 and 8 may be more easily accessed from below for you. If that doesnt work get midgets and beer.

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    I got mine out but I had to have my wife with her thin wrists and hads put it back in and it still took her 30 min.

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    yup, you gotta go down... under the car lol

    with my long tubes from the top is no prob tho

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    I had to get a midget to do mine... No way in hell my arms will fit in there. I took the alternator and other misc. things off.. No go without the midget.

    He even had to do it from below also.


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    I could in no way access mine at all from the bottom. I removed the alternator/battery like everyone else and used a wratchet strap from the alternator bracket to the opposite (drivers) side hood hinge and was able to move the motor a good 1/2-3/4 of an inch allowing me barely enough room to get in there. I'm a big guy, 260lbs, I literally put my knees on the radiator support and get on top of the motor to get down in there. I always know for a few hours after that what the part number is that is cast into the passengers side manifold as its imprinted in my forearm.

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    well it took me a couple of days to get mine done but i am a smaller guy but i had my wife lay down under the car and hold an extendable mirror so i could see what i was doing and i just used a bunch of extensions to get the rachet over the tire well in the engine bay made it a little easier to get to

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    as said above remove all componets and the last two be easier from under the car after removing the starter.

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    I think a lot of you guys either got pencil thick arms or not-rusty cars There's no way in hell I'd ever be able to get to mine from underneath without a sawzall and head-removal from broken bolts on the exhaust system.

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    southern car its entire life we dont see much snow down here lol it was 71 yesterday shorts and t-shirt with t-tops off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapper2003 View Post
    I think a lot of you guys either got pencil thick arms or not-rusty cars There's no way in hell I'd ever be able to get to mine from underneath without a sawzall and head-removal from broken bolts on the exhaust system.
    I found it easier to pay someone else to do it.

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    I won't fudge a bit, but I think it probably only took me maybe an hour tops to do the plugs the 2nd time. Granted, that was plugs only and not wires. It took me 4 days the first time. Probably close to 12-14 hours.

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