Excuse my ignorance if I'm missing something, but wouldn't soaking them overnight with some penetrating oil help? If I ran into the same problem, I think I'd warm up the engine then use penetrating oil and let it sit.
Isn't there a risk of striping threads? I've done that once removing a seized spark plug from an aluminum block engine, and have been paranoid ever since. I use a lot of anti-seize these days.
Maybe it's not an issue with a cast iron block.
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