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Head gasket removal - Any tips?

Post by raydreadz on Fri Oct 18 2013, 17:13

I'm getting the beast in the barn tomorrow & will start the head gasket job. First time for me, I've read the manual about 20 times & it's as clear as mud but here we go. I'm not sure what needs to be stripped on the cam side of the head, things will come clear as I go, I hope. My main concern is I don't strip anything unnecessary & make more work than I need.

Any tips that could save me bother are gratefully received.



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Post by raydreadz on Wed Nov 06 2013, 17:35

Got the head back at last... Looking through the manuals I see it gives two torque settings for the camshaft... wtf! M10 & M8.

Pretty sure all the bolts are M8 Do some vans have a mixture of bolts?

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Post by HighlyJetted on Wed Nov 06 2013, 22:29

if its a 1.3, I go off this:-

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Post by raydreadz on Wed Nov 06 2013, 22:46

Thanks I've got that, it's the 12mm headed bolts for the camshaft caps through the rocker shaft that's a bit foggy.

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Post by HighlyJetted on Wed Nov 06 2013, 23:09

Well which do you have, M10 or M8!

Measure them and use the measurement given if your doing by the book.
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Post by raydreadz on Wed Nov 06 2013, 23:23

Yeah ok. Just seems weird there's 2 sized bolts for the same job.
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Post by rich the mechanic on Thu Nov 07 2013, 00:00

raydreadz wrote:Yeah ok. Just seems weird there's 2 sized bolts for the same job.
I recon it is an early and late version or they had the heads machined at two places and one got it wrong but it was too late by then so they used them up, Quite often on old brit stuff if they ran out of something but something else fits it was used rather than wasting or stopping production which makes sense but is a pain for us.
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Post by raydreadz on Thu Nov 07 2013, 01:16

I want to meet the bloke who's job it was to right that manual & shake his hand, then find out if he was paid a slave wage to put it together. If he was, I'd commend him on sticking it to the man..... If however he's sunning himself in his villa on a good pension I'd like to shove my torque wrench up his arse.
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Post by HighlyJetted on Thu Nov 07 2013, 10:51

I only use a torque wrench for head bolts. The rest I do by feel.

Someone once told me torque wrenches were only invented so women could work in factories during the war Wink
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Post by leopard_pagan on Fri May 16 2014, 17:12

As a woman who knows which end of a spanner to use.. i tend to tighten by feel + the 1/4th turn at the end.I am sat here trying to remember when the last time i actually used a torque wrench... oh yeah.. when i replaced the rubber rocker cover gasket on my bike over a year ago. i can count on one hand in 10 years how many times i'f actually used one.

One brilliant tip given to me on the 1Ltr head change is a clothes peg to hold one head bolt up just enough to get the head off as you cant pull the whole bolt out.
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Post by HighlyJetted on Fri May 16 2014, 17:54

You can get that bolt out on a 1 litre Smile

You just need to put a bit of force on the engine to make it compress the drivers side mount Smile
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Post by leopard_pagan on Wed May 21 2014, 06:14

It was a tip given to me when I was doing the 1ltr head.  Cool 
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