head gasket failure - 2 more questions

Joshua van Tol josh at spiny.com
Thu Aug 24 22:07:51 EDT 2006

On Aug 24, 2006, at 8:46 PM, tmb wrote:

> thanks, john.  i'm bringing the head in to be
> re-decked tomorrow.  a buddy of mine should be
> hooking me up with a de-glazer for honing the
> cylinder wall.
> 2 more questions for you all:
> 1. i will be getting the ARP studs eventually,
> but right now i'm stuck with the stock bolts.
> i'm pretty sure that the answer is yes, but i'll
> ask anyways: once the motor is together, can i
> pull one stock headbolt at a time, and replace
> each one with an ARP stud and nut?

Probably, but you might compromise the gasket a bit.

> 2. is there a quick and easy way of installing
> the exhaust manifold on the car???  i had to
> leave the turbo, the exhaust manifold, the
> wastegate, and the downpipe on the head just to
> get it out.  i'm sure i've done some damage to
> myself, and i really fear putting it all back in
> as one unit.  the whole reason i had to pull it
> all out is because the head surface was marred
> during installation.  i DO NOT want to have to do
> this again anytime soon.
> thanks!
> jason
> tmb

If you can get someone to help you, installing it in one unit is way  
easier in then end. Installing the EM, Turbo, etc, after the head is  
in is a nightmare. Alternately, if you've got an engine hoist, or can  
borrow one, they work great for lowering a head, manifold, turbo  
assembly into place.

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