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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?

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Be very careful removing gasket... The head is aluminum, and you could scar it, and that'll end up in a nice leak.
 

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don't use an impact to install or remove the head bolts. use a breaker bar if they are tight, just what a mechanic friend told me when we were taking the head off another 4 cyl car.

question, why did you take the cams out before taking the head off?
 

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I am sure others will chime in but I believe you may need to drain the coolant before you remove the head.
 

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Yeah just remove the headbolts, (not with an impact as stated above) and all obvious electrical connectons. Leave the intake bolted on and lift it off all as one.


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question, why did you take the cams out before taking the head off?
Because you can't access some of the head bolts with the cams in place.
 

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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.
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.
 

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What did you do to install your head on the Marcy block?


I believe there's a specific order to taking out the head bolts. You might want to consult a Haynes/Chilton manual. Also, be careful with some of the stuff attached to the sides of the head. You'll think you're free and clear and you'll have missed a bolt. I know there's a very pesky one to get out around the alternator. I'm sure you'll have fun.
 

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About the fuel rail, this thing can be bolted off and pushed off to the side right?

In other words, I won't have to deal with any fuel drips...right?

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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

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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.
 

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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, I'll def. keep ya in mind when the time comes.
 

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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

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Thanks!

BTW, you have a PM.
 
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