Well I had some white smoke from Bank B so thinking this was a blown head gasket, I’ve pulled the head.
I did notice some signs the head had been off before: one stud not was chewed and there was copper grease on some threads…
This probably helped in that the head came straight off, well it took maybe 30 minutes of rocking the head and spraying lubricant down the stud holes but no special tool needed or anything (hope the other side is so easy).
So, I was expecting more obvious signs of damage to the gasket and it looks ok to me. However some work would be needed before reinstalling the head.
What do you V12 experts think of the condition of the head and gasket? I think I would definitely have the mating surface machined nice and flat. I’d clean the valves, grind them in check intake and exhaust valve clearances etc (and set them to the recommended clearances).
Or may take the heads in to a specialist to rebuild the heads.
What puzzles me though: I removed this head due to white smoke coming from this bank. Does this head gasket look blown? There is some rust on the mating surface and the studs are a little bit rusty.
Any tips for cleaning the studs and , dare I say it, the pistons without disturbing the liners?
Thanks as always? Malc.