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Unplugging oil hole

PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:45 pm
by livetoride60
Merry Christmas everyone....

So I have a 64 hipo 289 and someone replaced the original cam thrust plate with the newer style below:


....which redirects oil from an oil hole shown below to the right of the cam up onto the timing gear:


Well, this hole is plugged on my block, and I'm going to remove the plug to get a little more oil on the timing set. I think this should be fine as that's what Ford did, but wanted to check on this forum to see if I was missing anything, so

question #1) Any thing i should look out for or will it be ok?

and #2) what's the best way to remove this plug? Don't want to get shavings in my oil passage. Thinking I can grab it with a tap or something and pull out.

PS: I do have the newer style timing gear that works with this cam thrust plate.


Re: Unplugging oil hole

PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:39 am
by proudKowner
Kinda strange, almost the exact same post on the Ford Muscle Forums in 2007. Perhaps you can get your answers here; ... plate.html


Re: Unplugging oil hole

PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:01 pm
by K Code
The plug can be removed by drilling a small hole in the plug, screw in a sheet metal screw and pull the plug out. I've done this many times and changed the camshaft thrust plate to the latter style. After removing the plug insert a small punch and push out the carbon inside. You can then blow out the hole with compressed air. Make sure that you blow out the cam bearing holes also. I normally do these thing before taking the block to the machine shop, that way the holes get cleaned along with the rest of the block.

Re: Unplugging oil hole

PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:27 am
by livetoride60
Thanks everyone. That thread was the one I actually got the pic from. Removed by punching with an ice pick, putting a screw in it, and pulling with vice grips.