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broken glow plug tips I'm learning

ok, so I went to replace my glow plugs.. no problem.. 2-3 hour job right? NOT. 6 weeks later. (not much time to work on it at any given time) I've never delt with this before, and tried finding help online.. here.. I learned that you can use an engine (cherry picker) hoist to pull the head off.

I learned that if you try to use a deck screw after drilling the ceramic out of the tip that is stuck in the head, then use a deck screw welded to 1/4 round t-handle that you made, the tip of the screw will break off. I learned that if you have a length of 1/4" copper tubing and fill it with oxy welding rod, then tap the end with another deck screw, you can screw it onto the broken deck screw in the head and pull it out so you can make a drift out of another piece of 1/4 round that is ground down at the end to tap the tip into the cylinder.

Then I learned that if there is oil in the cylinder, AND you try to get the tip out using compressed air and a shop vac.. didn't work for me. AND a magnet welded to the end of a wire ruins the magnet. AND when you keep doing this over and over.. GIVE UP and pull the head.

I also learned that the blow gun shoots a bit of water and if you don't shoot some oil of some sort after, there will be rust on the cylinder wall when you finally get the head off 2 weeks later.

I learned that stickys on forums are amazing sometimes

What I haven't learned yet is if the rust is a big concern.. a mechanic friend of mine says it will be fine, but I'm scared watch please
. also what i don't know is when i get it back together.. how will I be able to prime it, or will it just start????????????? what is the process I'll need to take to make sure the oil and diesel is refilled(?) in the head.

I need to get this done so I can get my dumping flatbed made and put on. I'm loosing money without it..
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