I had the same problem with my 1969 Cougar and with the 428 engine it had an even bigger footprint in the engine compartment. Changing the spark plugs adjacent to the Shock-absorber towers was a real challenge since there wasn't enough room between the valve covers, head and the shock towers to get your hand in there. I used to change plugs by using a spark plug socket that had a hex at the top and used a spanner to turn the hex since there was no room for a ratchet. I also found that if I stood against the side of the car facing away from the car my arm and wrist would magically bend at the right angles to manipulate and unscrew the spark plugs. I was able to get the plugs in by inserting the spark plugs insulators into some 3/8" ID vacuum hose and using the hose as a flexible drive to screw the plugs back in. It was a challenging at times and fun car.First car was a 1968 Cougar with a 3 speed standard on the floor. it came with a 302. What I remember most about this car was that the engine fit was so tight that to change the # 3 spark plug you either had to lift the engine or cut a hole through the fender well , which is what I did.
Love all these car stories, but I guess most car guys would.My first car was a 47 Studebaker Commander. Paid $30.00 for it. Took out first gear, reverse and second. Drove it for another 1100 miles trying to find a tranny. Sold it to Canadian Junk for 10 dollars and took off the plate and took out the battery and went home. Have many stories about that car. It had an external oil pump. The Screws would come loose and it would leak out all the oil. I would notice there was no oil pressure and drive to the nearest Service station, tighten the allen screws pour in a gallon of oil and continue on..The only car I ever owned that was older than me.
She should have put some pepper in the rad to seal the leak...Love all these car stories, but I guess most car guys would.
My dad had lots of Studebakers, Commanders, Larks, Hawks, even an Avanti. From what I remember, they were all junk. Once my mom tried to make the 3 hour trek up to our cottage in Huntsville in the Lark with me and my 2 older brothers. It had a small rad leak so she brought along a jug of water. When the engine would get a little too hot, we would pull over, wait until we could safely get the rad cap off, then top it up with water and continue on. Only problem was, she didn’t bring enough water and me and my brothers all had to pee in that jug to make it to the cottage.
OK, Mr. retired GM Oshawa guy - what's with that '94 Ford AstroVan. My father was a GM car guy all his life but he bought one of those AstroVans because he got an amazing deal he could afford on a meager pension - drove it until he passed away at 90. Lot's of rust but was a very reliable runner.After that, between my wife and I, it was a new 1979 Sunbird 3.8L V6 - used 1980 2dr. Cutlass Supreme 5L V8, - new 1988 Celebrity Eurosport Wagon - (child rearing years) - new 1994 Astro Van - new 2003 Impala - then, with 3 kids finally done College and University, a new 2010 Camaro RS - new 2018 Equinox - and now, I’m finally getting my 2020 Vette, I hope? A super special high light was being able to follow the 2003 Impala and 2010 Camaro through the entire assembly process.
I drove that Chevy Astro Van for almost 17 years. It was handy moving the kids back and forth from College/University. There are still lots of them on the road today. I've always been a GM guy, except for that father and son project, Ford Model A. My father on the other hand had many different brands.OK, Mr. retired GM Oshawa guy - what's with that '94 Ford AstroVan. My father was a GM car guy all his life but he bought one of those AstroVans because he got an amazing deal he could afford on a meager pension - drove it until he passed away at 90. Lot's of rust but was a very reliable runner.