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Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:23 pm 
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It should be fine to last that long if it's only leaking out.
Its when they leak past the firing rings that it gets in the oil and hydra-locks cylinders and all sorts of fun s**t.

 

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Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:10 pm 
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i did mine on my own. it took me a bit longer than 4 hrs. but it is still going 8000km later. i'm in Redcliffe, if you need a hand give me a pm. i'm sure other guys in perth would be more than happy to help out. :wink:

 

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Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:00 pm 
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Thanks for the compliment adrian *shucks*

Also, very helpful to have the gregories workshop manual for the car ($30-40) and refer to this guide for nice piccies.

http://www.eseries.com.au/portal/kb.php ... ticle&k=15

I know its for the cpi but there are many similarities.

 

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Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:21 pm 
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arm79 wrote:
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you can do it mate, me and phongus managed to do it and if we told some1 on the streets we did it, they would laugh at us in disbelief. (at which point they'd get stabbed).


I wouldn't have laughted at you or Phong. I see 2 quite capable and intelligent people there, who are easily capable of completing any job. :D

Go on Kit, do it. Don't be a soft C**k. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. It's really only a 4ish hour job.

But you will need a torque wrench capable to 30 to 40Nm, no question on that one.


Why thank you Adrian :D...now I have a bit more motivation to actually finish putting the motor together :P

phong =P~

 

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Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 3:03 am 
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I'm now around 95% sure I'll be doing it myself.

Today I've printed out over 35 color printouts from the doco's on here. 17 of which came from the Ugly Bob doco.

Thanks for all the tips.
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Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:31 am 
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There is a gasket set and bolts for sale on eBay at the moment.
Item number: 270185393117 , if you are interested.

 

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Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:17 am 
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i did my head gasket not too long ago, first time attempting something like this.

make sure you get your Head checked properly.
at a minimum get it Pressure tested, Hardness Tested and Skimmed to make sure it is Flat, as most likely the reason it is leaking is there is corrosion around the water jackets which lead to the outside of the head.

there is a guy in Geelong Trick_XD on fordforums who will reco a head for about 200ish
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Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:40 am 
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Yeah I'll be dropping the head off to a head reco place and doing it properly.

I wouldn't mind exchanging the head and rockergear for an XR6 head, gear and cam. Probably too $$$ though.
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Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 12:11 pm 
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280173081951, ticky head and gear on ebay.

 

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Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:00 am 
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There is a gasket set and bolts for sale on eBay at the moment.
Item number: 270185393117 , if you are interested.


i've got the same thing locally, if you want it. i had to buy two, due to bad planning and now it is just sitting in the shed. :(

http://www.fordmods.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=57935

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:10 pm 
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Kit,
Make sure that you've got a long pipe as an extension for your breaker bar when you remove the head bolts. If you can get hold of one, use a rattle gun socket or a vey good brand of ordinary socket. The cheap stuff won't handle the pressure. Don't worry if you break a head bolt, the pros will get it out in the shop. Stripped my old engine yesterday and only broke one, thought it was a good result. Also remember to lift the rocker gear off in one piece by holding it front and rear.
Follow all the good advice the others have given, especially cable ties on the cam gear, and it's simple. A lot of grunting though. The torque specs and assembly order are really important but it sounds like you've got that covered with in your downloads.
I think you're better of doing it very soon because it could go at any time and it's a hell of a mess to clean out of your engine.
Have fun,
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Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:38 pm 
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When taking off the headbolts make sure u use an impact socket so u dont f**k the head bolts. send me a pm closer to the date when u do it and i might be able to give you a hand.

i just redone my headgasket last week. i had to replace the head, head gasket, and the timing cover had to come off to replace the timing chain dampers. ive replaced my head twice and also fixed my dads car when the gasket blew on his car, so i know what im doin lol
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Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:51 pm 
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Thanks for the offer and all the tips guys. I've given my brother in-law the heads up (pardon the pun), that when I have to do it, that I'll need him to run me down to the head reco place, and to help me with the bonnet and taking the head off.

But I'll tell you what guys. I'm going to do it. I think I can manage it.
I'm not prepared to pay someone $1500 to $2000 to do a gasket on an 11 nearly 12-year-old car. So I'm doing it 8-)
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Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:53 pm 
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Kit wrote:
I'm not prepared to pay someone $1500 to $2000 to do a gasket on an 11 nearly 12-year-old car. So I'm doing it 8-)


same logic everyone who does it for the first time on their falc's uses :lol:
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Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:47 pm 
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Just a thought,
I didn't take the bonnet off, just undid the strut lower bolts and used a length of rope tied from the bonnet to the towbar, over the roof. Not good in a gale though.
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