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Calvan 38900-8 Thread Repair Kit with JB Weld & Thread Locker

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SKU:
38900-Combo
MPN:
38900 Combo
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Description

We quality check all inserts and tooling for manufacturer defects prior to shipping and provide free tech support for our customers at 800-734-8665 x-251. Free tips sent only when purchasing from us at the normal sales price. We will match competitor's pricing (no tips or tech support) give us a call at 800-734-8665. 

Free 2-3 day shipping. This Calvan 38900 kit has 8 solid bushing type inserts. The insert's lip design prevents them from going too far and falling into the cylinder. The 38900 spark plug thread repair kit works on many Ford 4.6, 5.4 and 6.8 SOHC Two Valve engines. See below for more details on the application. Or as long as you're making a purchase with us call 800-734-8665 x251 for assistance in choosing the right kit, whether it's a Calvan or Time Sert. Replacement 389-100 inserts are also for sale individually if needed later. This kit uses inserts that are large enough in most cases to do 2nd time repairs when a parts store insert like Heli Coil Save-a-Thread or Dorman (made in China) repair has failed. The 38900 kit is also recommended for 1st time repairs. The inserts have a lip on the top that allows the inserts to be tightened down similar to how a bolt is secured.

 

Important - Please Read

 

Thread lock of some type is needed. The High Temp Oil Resistant, permanent type Seal Tite (also equivalent to 277) is used on the exterior of the insert threads. As an additional measure High Temp JB Weld 8297 can be used just under the lip for sealing and filling any voids in material. The manufacturer says only one is needed to be used on the exterior threads of the insert when installing to prevent it from backing out on the next plug change. In our opinion a little extra insurance is not a bad thing. Also included, is an e-clip used to eliminate the possibility of the thread tap from falling into the cylinder if you tap too far! The retaining clip is now included for the thread tap. The roll pin in the drill bit/reamer is the only "stop" needed for it. Since the inserts have a lip they cannot be screwed too far like many parts store inserts. FYI - Parts store inserts can drop into the cylinder if screwed in too far!

 

*Bonus- As mentioned above, we send our exclusive tips and answer questions for our customers. We've compiled these tips since 2005. *We don't sell on eBay or Amazon - therefore, the FREE TIPS offer and tech support is only good when a purchase is made at DenLorsTools.com or WiseAutoTools.com.

 

This Calvan 38900 Kit Includes:

 

  • Line up Guide
  • Cylinder Leak Tester
  • Reamer (similar to a drill bit)
  • Tap
  • Video on our product listing
  • 389-100 Black Oxide Inserts Quantity - 8
  • Storage Case
  • Tips sheet sent with kit when purchasing from us.
  • JB Weld
  • Seal Tite Thread Locker

 

Make

Model

Engine 4.6

Year  *Exercise Caution

Ford

Crown Victoria

4.6 SOHC 2V

1992 - 2011

Mercury

Grand Marquis

4.6 SOHC 2V

1992 - 2011

Ford

Mustang

4.6 SOHC 2V

1996 - 2004 Excludes Cobra

Ford

Thunderbird

4.6 SOHC 2V

1994 - 1997

Ford

E150

4.6 SOHC 2V

1997 - 2014

Ford

E250

4.6 SOHC 2V

1998 - 2014

Ford

Expedition

4.6 SOHC 2V

1997 - 2004

Ford

Explorer

4.6 SOHC 2V

2002 - 2005

Ford

F150

4.6 SOHC 2V

1997 - 2008

Ford

F150

4.6 VIN W Only

2009  *38900 for 2V's only 

Ford

F150

4.6 3 Valve

2009 *See 39300 Kit

Ford

F250

4.6 SOHC 2V

1997 - 1999

Lincoln

Town Car

4.6 SOHC 2V

1991 - 2011

Mercury

Cougar XR7

4.6 SOHC 2V

1994 - 1997

Mercury

Mountaineer

4.6 SOHC 2V

2002 - 2005

       

Make

Model

Engine 5.4

Year *Exercise Caution                         

Ford

E150/E-Series

5.4 SOHC 2V

1996 - 2016

Ford

F150

5.4 SOHC 2V

1997 - 2003

Ford

F150

5.4 SOHC 2V

2004  *38900 for 2V's only 

Ford

F150

5.4 SOHC 3V

2004 * Some have 3V See 39300

Ford

F250 & F350

5.4 SOHC 2V

1997 - 2004

Ford

Expedition

5.4 SOHC 2V

1996 - 2004

Ford

Excursion

5.4 SOHC 2V

2000 - 2005

Lincoln

Navigator

5.4 SOHC 2V

1998-1999 *38900 2V's only

Lincoln

Navigator

5.4 DOHC 4V

1998-1999 *Some have 4V See 5553

       

Make  

Model    

Engine 6.8 

 Year                          

Ford

Excursion

6.8 SOHC 2V

2000 - 2005

Ford

F250-550, F53

6.8 SOHC 2V

1997 - 2004

Ford

Motorhome

6.8 SOHC 2V

1997-2004

Ford

E350- E450

6.8 SOHC 2V

2014-2016

 

Calvan Tools 38900, commonly used for first time repairs and for second time repairs when a parts store insert measuring .66" OD (Outside Diameter) fails. The 38900 kit is used to repair Ford modular cylinder heads on 4.6, 5.4 and 6.8 2-Valve SOHC engines (NOT for 3V engines or DOHC).  *38900 is not recommended for holes larger than .678" (17.20mm). This is the O.D. (Outside Diameter) of the reamer in the kit which is 11/16". If the hole is larger than .678" see the  Time Sert 5600 kit which has a larger O.D. reamer which is approximately .73" (18.54mm). See our article for more information on this and other spark plug thread repair kits to fix Ford Spark Plug Blow Outs. Call if there are questions.

 

• Quality, fool-proof repair system that is fast, cost effective and simple to use. A little more room needed than is required for changing the spark plugs.

 

• Used to repair damaged heads from blown spark plugs, with a steel alloy insert, which has no problems with heat transfer or grounding.

 

• M14x1.25 Taper Seat 389-100 thread inserts. New design is black oxide treated to help prevent corrosion.

 

• The Calvan alloy steel insert is thicker than most competitive brands which allows for a superior repair even when a Helicoil Save-a-Thread was used previously and failed making the hole bigger.

 

*It's recommended to use a video inspection camera to verify all metal shavings are out of the cylinder before installing the spark plug. Some customers take other measures, mentioned in our tips.

 

Use the 38900 kit right over the fender without removing the cylinder head. Alternatively, the kit can be used on heads that are removed. Many customers decide to do all 8 so there's no future issues. 

 

Question - Which is better the Time Sert 5553 or the Calvan 38900? See our FAQ's video below for the answer to this and other questions. 

 

 

Over the Fender Repair for 2V 4.6, 5.4 & 6.8 liter engines (excludes InTech, see Time-Sert 5553)

 

Also works on 2001 and up SOHC engines with the Extra Step Material above the spark plug hole. The Calvan 38900 does not have a counter-bore like the Time Sert 5553 and 5600 to remove the step material before tapping the hole to accept the insert. The Time Sert 55518 counterbore is not designed to be used with the Calvan 38900. That's why TIME-SERT recommends for 2001 and up Romeo heads the 5553 or 5600 to be used since they include a 55518 counterbore. Using the 38900 on 01 and up Romeo heads can result in the spark plug being positioned up a little higher. However, we've had no problems reported when using the 38900 on 01 and up Romeo style heads. More information on how to identify these 2001 and up Romeo heads can be found in the following article -  Extra Step Material

 

Calvan 38900 Spark Plug Thread Repair Video

 

 

Calvan's larger outside diameter insert, which is considered a permanent repair is used in cases when smaller parts store; temporary repairs have failed. The inferior parts store inserts are supposed to be held in by using a swedge tool on the top of the insert and hitting it with a hammer!

 

• Reduce vehicle down time and added expense by eliminating the need to disassemble the top of the engine to send heads to the machine shop.

 

• With the use of an inspection camera, a quick look into the cylinder after a repair insures there's no metal shavings remaining, prior to installing the spark plug.

 

• The manufacturer's instruction video, along with our tips and tech support, ensures the job can be done quickly and accurately.

 

* When written instructions are followed also covered in the included "how to" video, there's no faster or better repair available. The cylinder leak tester saves time when making sure the valves are closed. The line-up guide allows for straight reaming even on back cylinders. Use of an air ratchet with a socket on the reamer allows for a 90 degree (right angle) for easier drilling. This makes working in tight spaces more comfortable. The Calvan thread repair inserts have stronger threads than the originals. The cost of the repair is only a fraction of replacement cylinder heads, the head gasket set, coolant, labor, etc. Also, be aware that many re-manufactured cylinder heads have inferior repair inserts like Helicoils or Lisle. If you buy one of those patched heads you could still end up having issues. 

 

Bookmark or save this page to favorites, it has all the information needed to fix the common Ford spark plug blowout problem, including the instruction video, links to replacement inserts and the FAQ's article.

 

Using the Calvan 38900 Specialty Tool Kit

 

It's worth saying again "the Calvan kit has a much thicker insert that can be used when other thinner repairs like the Heli-coil Save-Thread or Lisle have failed to hold". Using the kit requires about the same amount of room as changing the spark plugs. Just a few steps more. The instruction video provides details on using the kit but there are more tips that we have written over the years since we've been selling this kit. These tips are emailed exclusively to our customers upon purchase, just ask us. We'll also personally answer our customer's questions if needed by email or phone, but we've found our written tips, help to clarify the job immensely for those doing this job for the first time.

At checkout just write "Tips" in the Comments section and we will email our exclusive tips for free when processing the order. Otherwise we will send a printed copy of our tips with the kit when purchased from us.

Tips - Emailed free after purchase.
Not researched enough? We understand the concern when faced with drilling into your engine. Rest assured this is a proven repair that has been done by many do-it yourselfers and professional techs alike. For even more information see the following page - Calvan 38900 Application and FAQ's or give us a call at 800-524-9783 x251.

Note: We are not responsible for typographical, pictorial or pricing errors. It's our goal to offer the most complete and accurate automotive tool source possible for our customers. We strive to correct errors in listings and provide improved pictures and item descriptions whenever possible. If you question the accuracy of any of our listings please notify us of your concern prior to purchasing.

 

 

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11 Reviews

  • 5
    Just get it.

    Posted by Ken on 28th Sep 2022

    If your blowing out plugs on your 5.4 2-valve, Just get this kit and do them all. The peace of mind you will have after is well worth it.

  • 5
    38900-8

    Posted by Kyle G on 5th Sep 2022

    This kit worked perfectly and I enjoyed piece of mind by knowing the components were quality checked prior to shipping.

  • 5
    Awesome

    Posted by Adam from Canada on 2nd Aug 2022

    What an amazing place to grab this awesome tool. I'm from Canada so crossing the border with shipping and all of that can be a pain. Paid extra $20 in duty for it to come over above and beyond the price. Well worth it. I asked a couple questions and got replies rapidly. Great tool and my 5.4L 2V navigator is back in the game! Will be back to buy more from them!

  • 5
    Works as promised

    Posted by David N on 25th Oct 2021

    Fixed my Ford V10 using this kit with no drama. It works as promised. There are lots of videos out there on how to use this kit. I’m an experienced home mechanic but not a professional. For me it was fairly simple.

  • 5
    Best tool ever!

    Posted by Charlie E on 25th Sep 2021

    I have almost every tool there is, some quality some not. This tool did the job better than expected. I have been a mechanic for 50 years and I recommend this tool to anyone with a spark plug thread problem, The price was a drop in the bucket compared to any other possible remedy. Charlie

  • 5
    The Right Fix for a Blown Plug

    Posted by Curtis I. on 9th Jul 2021

    The Calvan 38900 kit worked great. I had only one blown plug but decided to do all ten cylinders and I'm glad I did. Now I can drive with the knowledge that I will never again have a blown plug issue.

  • 5
    Did a great job

    Posted by Thor K on 6th Jun 2021

    Purchased kit to fix blown out plug on 2002 F250 with the 5.4l. Kit was great, very straight forward job and worked perfectly.

  • 5
    You Need This Kit!

    Posted by James H on 13th May 2021

    Several mechanics told me that I should just donate my truck and be done with it. After a few evenings of meticulous work my 2003 5.4l 2V Expedition is back on the road.

  • 5
    calvan 38900-8

    Posted by Ronnie B. on 31st Mar 2021

    I Couldn't recommend the Calvan 38900-8 higher and only buy from Wise Auto Tools because every kit is checked for quality control before it is sent to you. If you have any questions about installing the kit Dennis from Wise Auto Tools and Ron Williams both have very detailed videos on YouTube. This kit saved me thousands of dollars and I was able to fix my daughter's 98 F250 that every mechanic i talk to said was gonna have to have a cylinder head or an engine. She has been driving it for 2 weeks now without any issues. Thank you to calvan, Dennis from wise auto and Ron Williams on YouTube for your very detailed videos and recommending buying Wise Auto Tools . From Wise: That's awesome thanks. Dennis.

  • 5
    Quality

    Posted by Dennis C on 15th Mar 2021

    I originally ordered from Amazon but found out about insert quality control issues with the kit. I heard about how Wise Auto Tools conducted quality control checks on their inserts before shipping them to customers so, I ordered another kit from Wise and returned to kit I ordered from Amazon. When I got the Wise kit I checked the inserts with a 3/4 - 16 nut and all the inserts checked out for quality. I did the insert procedure a few days ago on my 2001 Ford F350 with the 5.4 Liter and so far so good. Thanks.

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