Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Brandon, Florida
If you need to remove the head, that's pretty easy and straightforward. You just have to remove everything at the head level and above. It's a long list, but pretty basic once you look at it. You just need to remove:
Antifreeze, Carb, carb linkage, heater hoses, valve cover, spark plugs, vacuum lines, upper radiator hose, exhaust pipe, oil pressure/temp sensor wiring, rocker arm assembly, pushrods, and one bolt holding the power steering pump to the thermostat housing.
You can leave the exhaust manifold attached to the head or take it off. It's ok either way, it just makes it heavier.
I personally like to stand in the engine bay with my feet on the frame rails ahead of the shock towers to lift it up, but there's probably a smarter way to do that. Just be sure you've got the fenders adequately padded beforehand so you've got a place to set it down.
I don't think you can replace valve guides on your own. You could do the umbrella seals, but the guides need to be pressed in. I had my head rebuilt here locally last year and it cost me $550 for resurfacing, pressure testing, 12 new valve guides, 6 new exhaust valves, and modern positive seals instead of those old brittle umbrellas. Not sure how those prices compare for anywhere else, but I had some serious oil leakage going on so it needed it.
If you need to replace the rings, you can do that in the car too. You'll need to take off:
The head, sway bar, (possibly the automatic transmission cooler lines), oil, and the oil pan. You can then access the bolts for the piston in question and unbolt it, remove the bearings and push the piston out the top.
Though really if you're that far in you might as well replace all the rings while you're there. They come in a box with all of them so why not use them?
Nothing really hard about any of it. Just a lot of individual parts to take off and put back on.
Last edited by Magnus; 08-14-2019 at 03:35 PM.