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problems with stuck glow plugs

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I just bought a 1993 F250 with the 7.3. My friend who I bought it off of told me that the glow plugs needed to be replaced. My mechanic friend (owed me money) told me that the glow plugs were easy to do and that I could do them myself.

Long story short, I tried to do the plugs myself and got 7 done without any troubles. The number 5 plug however decided to snap flush with the engine. I found last night that the element had managed to fall down into the engine. I have 3 mechanical opinions in front of me on what to do. Which would you guys feel is the best way to go?

1) Remove stuck plug, insert new and pray for the best - can do this myself or with mechanic buddy.

2) Remove exhaust port? and attempt to fish the element out through there. - can do this with mechanic friend.

3) Remove head and go looking for element. - Mechanic says $2,000+. Spent $4,500 on the truck and only worked it one day. Truck isn't worth $6,500.+

Thank you all for your help.
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No, your mechanic isn't lazy. He has to make a living too. In fact, pulling the head is the hardest way to go. Try the other suggestions first and save pulling the heads for last. Because if you're gonna pull one, you should do both head gaskets. Good luck, Tim
I hate to say this but, before you damage the piston, if it was me, judging by what you have told us, bite the bullet and pull the head. I don't trust either one of your mechanics. If either one of them were competent mechanics, diesel or not, you wouldn't be here looking for help. But, you have done the right thing by coming here and asking for help. Pull the head and forget about the if, ands or buts. Tim
Perhaps a little liquid nitrogen or hydrogen. -300 degrees should do it.
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