Not involved at all if you've already got the cams out. I personally take the intake off before I remove the head, but you can do it either way. On a side note, the head bolts are torque-to-yeild. This means that they stretch when you install them, thus, they are not reuseable. Also, as long as you de-torgue the bolts in the proper sequence, you won't harm anything using an impact.How involved is it? Camshafts are already out. So at this point, is it just a matter of taking out the factory head bolts?
Any tricks of the trade that may be helpful? Anything I *shouldn't* do over the course of removal?
Thanks in advance.
Thanks, I'll def. keep ya in mind when the time comes.Theres two different head gaskets from Ford available. One has restricted coolant passages, one doesnt. Why? I have no idea. You have to get XS72-6051-CA. Not DA. Or... get a bitchin' SCE Copper gasket from me. Available in 6 thicknesses and they seal like a mofo. None of them are restricted.
Thanks!Fuel drips are no big deal, if the car sits for more than 30 mins there isn't any pressure left in there so its minimal. There is a bolt in the alternator bracket that goes into the back of the head, very hard to see, even harder to access. It does very little so I just leave it out since my engine seems to come apart every 2 months anyways. haha. Like stated above its best to unhook everything thats attached to it, but if you undo the vacuum lines to the intake mani u can leave it on if you want to. Head should lift right off, and the gasket shouldnt be a problem, they usually don't stick too bad. One thing to watch out for, never reuse head gasket, but examine a new one thouroughly. They are bad about not being cut out all the way and some of the water and oil passages are blocked off or restricted. I've gotten 6 head gaskets now that are bad. good luck, fun project, be careful