Installing the coil box in my roadster, I dropped a nut. Where did it go? Right into the #3 spark plug hole, of course. I was afraid I might have to pull the head to get it out.
Fortunately, I was able to fish it out with a magnet on a wire. Then I made sure there were spark plugs in the holes before I finished installing the coil box. We've all heard about stuffing rags in the transmission. I'm adding plugs in the holes to my list of anti-gravity precautions.
It's better to be lucky than smart.
I did the same thing this evening, but left the plugs in place for just this sort of
eventuality. Hope to be on the road this weekend.
Make it 3 of us. I put the coil box on my 15 roadster tonite as well. Had the plugs in......
I dropped the small silver screw cap off the top of a spark plug into mine once, luckily I had purchased one of those long bendy tube spy cameras. This and a finger pickup tool I got it out.
When I rebuild the coil box on my '27 I'm going to do it on the workbench and avoid all that
I have a magnet that looks just like that! And for a similar reason.
Wow,I read the title and i expected to see my name! Glad you got it out and thank you for making us think! Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
No Bud, that would be me! I did the same stupid thing as Kevin did..funny how those little silver caps just know to pop out between your fingers and down into the spark plug hole...I was lucky, both valves were closed, I could even see part of the cap and got it out with the finger tool too. Man did my heart skip a beat first.
I have used an air hose to get one of those silver caps out. I dropped it in and had remembered reading a mechanic story about a "GUS" I think in one of dad's old magazines that told how to do that and what do you know it worked! I was very happy
I keep 4 half inch pipe plugs hand just for that reason. Amazing how those holes can attract anything that falls on the head.
A piece of gooey chewing gum on a stick can catch things sometimes that are brass . Had to figure that 1 out because of similar situation.
Eric, after you rebuild it you'll have to install it. Beware!
Mack, I just happen to have, in my folder of pictures, a photo of a correctly executed, drop-forged, heat-treated, case-hardened, brass-plated, double bubble-gum loop, made to original Ford drawings and specs. _The ones without the Ford logo imprint are a little cheaper, but of course, the purists among us will object.
Another thing to be careful of, is if you are working with the inspection cover off the hogshead, put the coil box key in your pocket!
Don't feel bad Steve, I dropped the nut inside the transmission on my 26 while working on the bands.....TWICE! After all that fishing I was starting to get good at it.
Steve -- Did you just call me?
Bob, what do you use to get the gum out of the cylinder?
Glad you asked that question. _I called my old paraochial-school nun, Sister Mary Knuckles. _She holds a Ph,D in dealing with chewing-gum problems (but unfortunately, the car had to wear the gum on its nose for the remainder of the day—I believe this technique is known as "humiliation therapy").
I dropped a nut installing my TT rear end.
When I do that it is a stainless steel nut and a magnet will not pick it up. Fortunately it was an aircraft engine and I was able to get it out of the lower spark plug hole with a chopstick.