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Old 17.05.2013, 16:50
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Cylinder Head on an American SUV

Is this something I could do myself without having the cherry pick it out of the frame? I have never done this before, and was wondering how expensive of a job it would be if I did it myself, parts, and time included.

Chevy Blazer, 1990's truck, automatic transmission.

Or, if there are any forum mechanics with some spare time on their hands, and know how to do the work, I could be interested in giving out the work to someone who knows what they are doing.

I have access to a DIY garage in the Horgen area if you are local.
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Old 17.05.2013, 17:18
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Re: Cylinder Head on an American SUV

I have experience with old engines, and back then you could remove the cylinder head leaving the engine block in place.

You should consider what is wrong with the head, as for instance some engines sag and that requires removing the block and machining it flat.

I suggest you buy a workshop manual for the car and engine, and find a suitable forum for any good tips.
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Old 17.05.2013, 17:21
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Re: Cylinder Head on an American SUV

What exactly do you want to do to it?

Which engine?

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I have experience with old engines, and back then you could remove the cylinder head leaving the engine block in place.

You should consider what is wrong with the head, as for instance some engines sag and that requires removing the block and machining it flat.

I suggest you buy a workshop manual for the car and engine, and find a suitable forum for any good tips.
True. I always come here first as of recent. Let me see what I can find here first. As I said before, it might be a lot less hassle for me just to hire someone that has experience. How long of a job can it take, in the worst case scenario, by someone that knows what they are doing?
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What exactly do you want to do to it?

Which engine?

Tom
6 Cylinder, I was told it was the seals.
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Old 17.05.2013, 17:28
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Re: Cylinder Head on an American SUV

So, head gasket replacement?

Pulling the head may be possible without removing the engine, it depends how much access you have.

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Old 17.05.2013, 19:53
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So, head gasket replacement?

Pulling the head may be possible without removing the engine, it depends how much access you have.

Tom
Access? Do you mean under the hood, or use of a lift? I have a lift. I know someone selling this car for next to nothing because they expect the repairs to be worth more then it is worth to fix the car. I need a truck like this, for low mileage hauling of timber, granite, goats, that kind of thing(trailer for goats), instead of using a tractor. I might even drive it as well.
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Re: Cylinder Head on an American SUV

If it's a straight 6 it's not a bad job. The biggest hassle is usually rusted exhaust manifold bolts. Remove intake and exhaust manifolds, valve cover etc. It's not an overhead cam, so you only have to deal with rocker and pushrod assemblies, not cam belts.

If it's a v6 you have all the above stuff, plus carb or fuel injection stuff and probably a front cover. On the chevy V engines, it's harder to get them back together without having them leak either oil or water at the intake manifold or front cover, but the V8's are worse about this.

I wouldn't try this on a car that old without an impact wrench and maybe a torch to heat up rusted exhaust studs or bolts.

You'd better be getting this for basically free in order for it to be worth your time.
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Re: Cylinder Head on an American SUV

keep in mind, as well, that head gaskets usually come along with other problems. honestly, if you're going to bother with the head gasket you might as well pull the engine out and find out whatever else is wrong while you're at it.

I love that phrases, btw, "might as well", especially when it comes to cars.

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......honestly, if you're going to bother with the head gasket you might as well pull the engine out and find out whatever else is wrong while you're at it.

I love that phrases, btw, "might as well", especially when it comes to cars.

If you're going to pull the engine out, you have access to the transmission, so that would be a good time to pull it out and take it apart. While you're that deep is also a good time to change U-joints. Might also change the grease in the differentials.....hey as long as I'm down here by the wheels, I might as well put on new brake pads. Since I'm in the general vicinity, I might as well repack all of the wheel bearings. Hey, do those A-arm bushings look a little worn? good thing I noticed that, It would probably have started giving trouble in a couple more years.

you know, while I've got this apart, it would be almost stupid not to put a 6 inch suspension lift on it.

Dangit, that looks funny without Dick Cepek 33" tires.

Hey, these rub on the inner fenders. Stupid Chevy made the wheel wells too small! I wonder who makes baja prerunner fenders for this thing.

"Honey! what did you do with the parts catalogue that came with American Mud Wompers magazine?"

You know, This little v-6 just doesn't develop a lot of torque with these big man sized wheels.

Does anybody know If a 400 small block out of a Camaro will fit under the hood of a S10 Blazer?

.....Oh, wait, are we still talking about you?
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Re: Cylinder Head on an American SUV

...........Sod it, buy a new car, sounds far easier !
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