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Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:16 pm 
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Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 1:51 pm 
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Bursons or repco have the tensioner tools BUT see if you can borrow them from someone as they are pretty expensive, and make sure you change the "O" rings (SEALS) in the tensioner and clean it out. :D

 

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Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:45 pm 
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never had a problem with using hylomar on protorque gaskets...
any gaskets on advice from engine reconditioner.

 

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Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 7:08 pm 
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Thanks lads, and a big thanks to edebqueenslandwagons for giving me a loan of his air compressor, thanks mate. I'll knock that over tonight and pick it up whenever you can after then, cheers.

 

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Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 7:20 pm 
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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:57 am 
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Okay, here is a final set of questions I'd like to have answer before I put the head back on. I'll break it up a little.

Head
Now I got the head back, cleaned and covered in a plastic wrap. Is it right to go straight onto the block, as is? Or do I need to oil some part of it or what?

Headbolts
Is it unamimous that you should dip the bolts in oil before putting them in, and all the thread only, or the whole bolt?

Block
Once I give this a final wipe down with prepsol, it's fine for the head to sit on it right? No other preparation required, correct?

Rocker gear
The rocker gear has been sitting idle since removal, there seems to still be a thin layer of oil cover it. Should I rinse it down, install, and pour some oil over it? Or just put it in, as is, and pour some oil over it before securing the rocker cover on it?

The camshaft has been sitting idle in the rocker gear, must still have a thin layer of oil on it too. Should I oil her up before it goes back in? Or wash down, oil and put back in?

Rocker cover
I have the rubber seal and gasket sealant stuff (the blue stuff). Should I secure the rubber seal in the cover first, then put gasket sealant on that? Or put the gasket sealant in the groove first and then the rubber seal?

Any other parts that I have forgotten, and must be oiled or cleaned or something? Any advice with putting the head back on would be great.

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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:10 am 
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Hey mate.

Head:
Clean it with prepsol or metho or some sort of spirits.
you don't need oil when you put it back on.

Head Bolts
You should oil the threads and i got into the habit of oiling underneath the face of the bolt.

Block
once that's clean put the head gasket on and your rubber timing cover seal and the head should be right to go on.

Rocker Gear
I'm no real expert in this area so i'll leave it for someone else to comment.

Rocker Cover.
you shouldn't need any sealant for this but it's up to you whether you want to put some on.

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:11 am 
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Head
Now I got the head back, cleaned and covered in a plastic wrap. Is it right to go straight onto the block, as is? Or do I need to oil some part of it or what?


Don't oil the bottom surface of the head. Head gaskets have a sealant on both surfaces, oiling the head will effect the sealant.

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Headbolts
Is it unamimous that you should dip the bolts in oil before putting them in, and all the thread only, or the whole bolt?


Oil all of the thread, it wont matter if you dip the whole bolt.

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Block
Once I give this a final wipe down with prepsol, it's fine for the head to sit on it right? No other preparation required, correct?


A good idea is to wipe the bores with some engine oil.

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Rocker gear
The rocker gear has been sitting idle since removal, there seems to still be a thin layer of oil cover it. Should I rinse it down, install, and pour some oil over it? Or just put it in, as is, and pour some oil over it before securing the rocker cover on it?


Is it clean? if so put it in then pour oil over it.

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The camshaft has been sitting idle in the rocker gear, must still have a thin layer of oil on it too. Should I oil her up before it goes back in? Or wash down, oil and put back in?


Is it clean? if so oil the top of the head, put it in then pour oil over it.

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Rocker cover
I have the rubber seal and gasket sealant stuff (the blue stuff). Should I secure the rubber seal in the cover first, then put gasket sealant on that? Or put the gasket sealant in the groove first and then the rubber seal?


A small amount of sealant on the rocker cover itself will help hold the gasket in place. Then smear sealant on the bottom face of the gasket once its installed in the covers groove.

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:25 am 
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s**t 143 bucks for getting ya head cleaned up tested and skimmed.

i payed $45 bucks over here in perth for the same thing.
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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:29 am 
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when u put the rubbe timming cover gasket on u should put a lil bit of gasket sealent at the 2 points that meet with the block . should say in gregory's .
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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:52 am 
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Thanks for brining that up Hazza, forgot that bit.

Like this or like this?
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Thanks lads.

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:40 am 
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My father-in-law, who owns a engine recondition shop, recommends not to use that seal at all. Just a thick bead of selastic. I did this on my EA and it never leaked again.

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:23 pm 
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HaZZa wrote:
s**t 143 bucks for getting ya head cleaned up tested and skimmed.

i payed $45 bucks over here in perth for the same thing.


sheeezus

i bought a recon head on sat arvo tested and machined for $200

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:38 pm 
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K really not working out, head wont' go on right. Indicators are started to get raped.

Here's a picture of the scene this afternoon.
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And here's the head not sitting right on the bloody block.
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Bottom of head, scratched, head gasket, scratched. Oy vey.

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 9:29 pm 
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hi mate ..

ill bring my mate around tomorow ..about 6.30 pm..he wont charge much ..
have 2 new locators ready .. :wink: we will see what happens ..

if you want ...lmk ..

dave ....

 

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