cool thanks for the pic. makes me feel a "little" more confident for this afternoon.
anyway, heres where I'm at.
#1, #6, #7 came out good. #2, #3, #8 all broke the same and #4 and #5 broke the same. for some reason #8 decided to crunch up like #4/#5 did as you will see in the following pics (which are all of #5).
they all left a lot of extra porcelain down in the plug hole. when I used the pusher, it just mashed all of this up and with all the lubricant I had in the holes...it just made a mess that compressed air couldnt push out.
mmm yummy goodness
anyway, I fashioned my small shop vac into a way to get down into the tube itself right on top of the carnage so I could suck it out. thank god I keep all my extra hose lengths and plastic hose lengths...
here's the aftermath...at least I can now see the stupid lower portion of the plug.
and then for some ungodly reason, the lisle pusher tool decides to screw up on the very first thread so now I have to hope I can find a thread tap in this huge size locally today sigh.
I'm also worried I wont be able to get all those little chunks of porcelain out and they'll fall into the cylinders and either score the cylinder walls or do damage to the valves on their way out of the cylinder. I'm "hoping" that if I DO manage to get the three plug pieces out, that when I turn the engine over with all the plugs out, it will push the remaining pieces out of the cylinders through the spark plug holes.
I'm really really really hating this. I still cant believe this plug design made it to production. I mean seriously? you flog test engines to death but you dont try to do maintenance to them and figure this out before going to production? wtf ford? wtf...