Holy crap, this turned into quite a project! I drained the coolant at about 9am. Poured in some cooling system cleaner along with about 4 gallons of distilled water and drove for about 30 min. On the 2nd drain I pulled the drivers side freeze plug to drain more water. I repeated this about 4 to 5 times. I was frustrated with the fact that I was only refilling with about 4 gallons of distilled water each time.
On the 3rd trip I stopped by Napa and picked up a new 4070 coolant filter.
On the 4th trip I stopped by the local "adult" store and picked up some special dice that I am going to be using in about 10 minutes.
I drained and refilled with water 5 times. On the last trip I decided that I was going to pull the freeze plug on the pass side as well so that I could get a true drain.
What a mistake! After some investigation I discovered that the only way to pull the pass plug was to remove the hot wire to the starter. So no prob I pulled that wire after disconnecting the batteries and removed the plug. Well when I removed the plug it fell. I figured what the hell, I'll just grab it later...I proceeded to pull the rad hose and drivers freeze plug.
Now I'm ready to refill, obviously I need to replace the hose and the plugs. I replace drivers side plug and rad hose. When i tried to replace the pass side plug I couldnt find it. The SOB was lost somewhere between the starter and engine block. I tried for about 2 hours to find it. I used my hand, a screwdriver, a magnet, etc... I just couldnt get it. Finally by this time it's getting dark.
I'm trying to hold a flash light, contort my body into strange positions, twist, turn, and flex and finally I had to pull the starter. I pulled the starter, and low and behold the plug was there! I put it back in and put everything back where it belonged.
A simple change of coolant turned into an full day long project. These trucks are bad ***, but sometimes I wish for the old days of my 65 mustang where everything was quick and simple. Oh well, a day spent with my stroke is a good day indeed!