Started on the head gasket job....

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Started on the head gasket job....

Post by kotkinjs1 »

So I've finally started my head gasket job and along with it the timing belts and valve adjustment. Removed the valve/cam assembly and then the head. Took off the pulley from the cam. Question about that later....

The gasket I supposed was blown looked in decent enough shape (says the guy who's never done a head gasket job in his life before). There was some coolant puddled in the #3 cylinder when I popped the head off though but all this started with a problem in #1 when it started up (stayed cool on startup for a long time compared to the others).

The other symptoms included bubbling in the coolant when looking down the rad neck, oil floating on top in the coolant reservoir, it failed a combustion gas test in the coolant (as far as I understand can only happen when a head gasket leaks). Some white smoke but not billowing, mostly after hard throttle. And that slow tonwarm #1 header.

I noticed upon disassembly that the o-rings on the oil orifice were completely broken and brittle. Nothing else jumped out at me.

So on reassembly after the head surfaces are cleaned and new gaskets and o-rings are in, when I reinstall the cam into it's place then put the valve assembly on top of it and the pulley back on the cam, do I just put it on so it sits in the right position (UP and TDC marks) then bolt it back up? The engine is obviously still in TDC.

Old gasket...

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