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well this is just great...the long tube that my oil dipstick goes into broke off in the block. it broke off at the base of the hole and part of it is stuck inside the hole that leads into the pan. theres not enough of it showing to get a grab on it with vice grips and i cant wedge anything under the little lip of whats left of the tube. i called mustang country and they say that it has to be drilled out....called my mechanic and he said whatever you do dont drill it out. he suggested taking a sheetmetal screw and screwing it into the hole very slowly and then tapping it gently out with a hammer.
has this happend to anyone else here? perhaps i should get that doofas award....or maybe we can start the "i screwed myself award" if it matters ive got a 65 289, everything is on the block, its in the car and im pissed off.

its just been one of those days...so much for getting to fire it up this weekend...

-Jon
 

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Try this. If there's a litle bit sticking up, take a small chisel ( a.k.a. screwdriver ) and try to collaspse it by hitting it towards the middle. The idea is to relieve the pressure/stress holding it in place. I'm an electrician/mechanic by trade and run into stuff like this a lot. I usually have some luck. The screw idea sounds screwy to me though.............only kidding, that's a good idea too, maybe you can try that also and try to get a visegrip on the head if you don't have the room for the bashing.....er.....I mean hammer. hope this helps.

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Use the smallest nail with a head on you can find to act as a mini chisel to push in the wall where the tip sticks up. Good luck dude!

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Don't ya' just hate it when this kinda' stuff happens?

You said there was still the little lip stcking up where the bulge is? Try sticking a bolt down the hole, (5/16"?) and then gitting a bite on it with vicegrips. If you can do that it will grip the inside of the tube as well as the outside. Then tap from the bottom on the vice grips up next to the tube.

Also, you might be able to make a "little hooky thing" for a body dent puller and catch the lower lip of the tube and extract it that way.

If that doesnt do it, Id agree with your mechanic........ don't drill it, that will just put steel shavings in the pan. I'd pull the pan and tap it out with a long punch from the bottom. (you needed to fix that oil leak anyway, right?........*G*).

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I agree with easy out. Same thing happened to me and my buddy working on his moms 69 cougar, worked like a dam. Just thread it in and pull it out.

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If the ease-out doesnt' work, just whittle yourself an appropriately sized stick, smother it with RTV, and tap it in the hole :)
 
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