Replacing spark plugs 460 Ford powered 1989 E350 chassis
This morning I attempted to change the spark plugs and wires on a 1989 460 Ford powered Class C built on a Ford E350 van chassis. I realized early on that replacing plug numbers 1, 2, & 5 was going to be hard but I can’t figure out how to even get to them. There’s not enough room between the firewall and the engine going at them from the engines rear. Up front, after removing the air cleaner I faced a pile of environmental clutter that was mind-boggling. I crawled underneath only to find no room between the engine and frame. My last hope was through the fender wells, and though I did find a small amount of access using a long extension and universal joint I couldn’t get my hand in to pull the spark plug boot off the plug.
What am I missing here? Is there a secret way known only to a small cadre of sociopathic Ford engineers? I’ve seen my share of inconsiderate engineering, but this E350 takes it to a new level. Or am I just missing the obvious? Even knowing the best of a number of poor options would be a starting point.