I am about to drop the head onto the block. I am using a chain hoist to lift the head over the block and then slowly lower it down. I want to get the head as close to proper alignment as possible so the studs will exactly slide into the holes in the head.
The chain hoist is hung from a structure i beam in the ceiling. The beam runs left and right of the engine compartment. So I am able to position the load precisely left and right, by rolling the chain hoist to the correct position. However, there is no forward and backward adjustment with the chain hoist.
I want to move the car forward and get the head in the right position. Obviously, I cannot start the car to do that.
Yesterday I pumped the tires to 30 pounds to reduce the rolling resistance as much as possible. I put the gear selector in neutral from park but was not successful pushing the car. I then jacked up the car under one front suspension and placing a wheel chock (a piece of 4” X4” wood cut at an angle) under that front tire to gradually let the car “roll down the hill” . I also placed a second chock in front of the same tire to limit its movement. I moved the gear selector to neutral.
I lowered the car and it did move forward on the first try. The head is 6” too far forward. On the second try, the car did not move.
It feels like the transmission is still in Park. Thinking about it, when I first shifted the transmission from park to neutral it did not feel normal. That is, it felt as though the gear shift was not connected to anything.
Would removal of the head affect the ability to change the gear from park to neutral? Is there a way to easily move the gear selector to neutral? Or, since the transmission lock only affects the rear wheels could I put a wheel dolly under each rear wheel and then do the front wheel hill?