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Old 12-30-2003, 01:59   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

I just got off a phone call with a mate who has a very interesting problem that i'm not sure how to fix!

He has managed to drop a carby screw into the intake manifold, its a single plain manifold on a 2v headed 351 and he thinks its fallen into the drivers side head but can't see the screw, and has no idea which runner its fallen into!

I suggested a magnet on a wire but he can't find one small enough to fit down there, so my question is, How in the hell can he get it out without removing either head or the intake manifold?

He's never changed a head gasket or intake manifold gasket and I really don't want to have to do it for him. I'm all out of ideas though, so if anyone has any suggestions at all please let me know!
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Old 12-30-2003, 02:14   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Screw dropped into the intake manifold???

Isnt there a tool that expands (like and arial) and is flexible with a magnet on the end?
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Re: Screw dropped into the intake manifold???

Go and buy a small magnet and stick it on to the end of a piece of wire.
Dick Smith or Jaycar will have very small magnets.

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Re: Screw dropped into the intake manifold???

yep, had a screw driver type thing that expanded and was small enough to fit in there, had a magnet on the end of it
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Re: Screw dropped into the intake manifold???

I just spoke to another mate who has done the same thing but used a coat hanger and a speaker magnet halfway along the wire to get it out. I'm going around there on new years day and hopefully its a happy new year!

Thanks for the replys.
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Re: Screw dropped into the intake manifold???

greetings all
i think it is time to invest in a borescope & poke that down the runners to see were it is as in most cases it drops into the cylinder with the inlet valve open ( murphys law ) you may be able to get it out from the spark plug hole

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Re: Screw dropped into the intake manifold???

a borescope wouldnt be like the camera they use to see down your throat like on quit smoking ads yeah?
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Re: Screw dropped into the intake manifold???

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a borescope wouldnt be like the camera they use to see down your throat like on quit smoking ads yeah?
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yes qwikcorty you are on the right track
it's more like a flexable shaft with an optic fibre light inside it to use it you put the flexable shaft into the hole & bend it to were you need it to go, push the button to light it up inside & then look through the magnified eye peice & it will show you what is "down the hole"

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Re: Screw dropped into the intake manifold???

Thanks rod,

Sounds like a good bit of kit, I'll keep that in mind if things get bad!

His cam's only a small hyd and it hasn't been running in a while, I'd say the screw (from what he's told me) should be too large to get into the chamber.
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Re: Screw dropped into the intake manifold???

Prime the carby, coupla pumps of the throttle, turn the key and

pfftt!!

Straight out the exhaust. :)

Seriously either a magnet, a air gun, a small grabclaw end or maybe a vacuum of some sort.

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