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Old 07-Aug-2006, 05:47 PM
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Headgasket replacement(pics)

So I decided to take a stab at replacing my headgasket/headstuds today and here is my progress thusfar. Set piston 1 to tdc the old fashioned way using a long screwdriver cause the timing marks were long gone then I made sure it was on the compression stroke by checking the dizzy to make sure the rotor was pointing to plug number 1, everything checked out so I procceded to drain coolant, oil and unplug all sensors until I got to the dizzy plug which would NOT come loose so I took the dizzy off of the head and left it in the engine bay(I know when I'm beat!). Took the charge pipes off, unbolted turbo mani from head, removed valve cover, releived tension from belt tensioner, removed belt from cam sproket, loosened head bolts in sequence according to the Haynes manual using 1/4 turns from the outside in then finally lifted head off of motor with the help of a friend. here are some pics of the head off of the motor.

piston 4 was the leaky one causing my overheating prob

Old breached gasket



Lots of sludge in the intake mani which had a gas like smell



I got some oil in the water jackets so I removed the drain plug from the front of the block and flushed them clean. I also got some oil in the holes where the head bolts go which I will also have to clean or my torque reading will be way off. Tommorow the head goes out for machining then it's time to put her all back togeather. It took around 4 hours to do all of this which isn't bad considering it's my first headgasket replacement. Comments, suggestions welcome.
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Old 07-Aug-2006, 05:56 PM
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this is a good time for some arp head studs if you dont already have them?

Just make sure you replace your IM gasket as well. And smart move decking your head
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The arp's are coming tommorow and I have a new intake gasket as well. 12lbs here we come!!!
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Old 07-Aug-2006, 06:01 PM
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i wish i still had my boosted d..

hows it running rick?

edit: besides the busted hg
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Old 07-Aug-2006, 06:28 PM
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Not that great. When it's cool outside she runs well but overheats quickly with boost. In the heat she runs like crap and I have to drive around with my heat balsting just to keep the temps low.
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Progress report. Got the head resurfaced by Gord Bush today. Awesome work and a great guy to deal with.

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where is gord bush located?
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Kimbel rd in Mississauga. I'm not sure of the actual address but here's his number.
Gord Bush Performance (905) 677-8657. Check him out.
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dude..were you at lakeshore honda??
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were you planning on doing any p&p work? i would atleast consider smoothing out the cast finish a bit.
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Originally posted by ELusive
dude..were you at lakeshore honda??
Yeah, that was me.
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Yeah, that was me.
LOL..cool, how's it going? Is she all back together?
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Old 13-Aug-2006, 02:45 PM
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yeah she is all back together except she's still overheating.

That was me on td16 trying to help you out rick
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