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Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:59 am 
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GET AN IMPACT SOCKET

I grabbed 3 14mm sockets from my toolbox

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The one on the left is a cheap single hex - it will prbably break before the bolts came undone

The one in the middle is a 1/2 decent double hex, but chances are it will round the bolt.

The one on the right is an impact socket. I could undo 1000 headbolts using that without it breaking or rounding a bolt.

 

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Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 3:24 pm 
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yeh, I started using the middle one on the headbolts cause the repco guy said it would be fine and partially rounded one of the head bolts. Then I started using the one on the left and although I ended up getting all of the headbolts off, 2 sockets cracked in the process, shouldn't have wasted my time with anything but the impact sockets.

 

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Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2006 5:20 pm 
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yeah well the impact socket worked.. but only with an extenstion bar with another metal tube on the end and two of us turning it!
and here is the damage.. small eated area from the water gallery through to no.1
I don't understand why my auto manual tell me I have to remove the inlet manifold to do this.. or to loctite the bolts.. seems like some s**t advice. You can see how close the gallery is to the cylinder though eh!

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Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:08 am 
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ouch.. thats no good
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Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:44 pm 
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yeah can't believe how close the water gallery is to the cylinder.. but yeah, it aint that bad. At least it's just poor coolant thats eaten it and not something weird.

Head didn't have any obvious cracks, valve recession doesn't look that bad either really concidering 300,000kms and LPG.

Got it dipped today and crack testing tomorrow!
My gasket and bolts should arrive soon. Meanwhile I'll busy myself with twin electric fans and makeing a shift kit. :wink:

 

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Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:53 pm 
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while you've got the head out why not get a port and polish?
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Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:56 pm 
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make sure you reset the timing chain tensioner as well, doesnt look like uve done it yet
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Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 5:01 pm 
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good to see you used more than one cable tie.

 

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Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 5:01 pm 
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err.. how come? can't I just put the head back on and bolt up the cam in the same position it was when I removed it?

how do i reset the tensioner?

 

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