I’ve reviewed prior posts and tried to look at the photo album which does not seem to work. I am near the point of lifting the head from the car. It appears to me that it has to be raised vertically to clear the front timing tensioner and the manifold bolts on both sides (manifolds loose but held to the side of the engine compartment) and the EGR pipe. I still need to:
- Rubber band the chain to the tensioner.
- Remove the water valve at the rear of the block as it will not clear the right side of the intake manifold.
As I’m changing the gasket and overhauling the head I have removed camshafts/rotor etc. The head is free to move.
I’m a one man band. I have not removed the hood. It seems to me that I need an engine hoist to do this correctly and avoid risk of damage to the head or engine block during removal, not to mention easy re-installation. I’m no wimp but this seems impractical or at least very awkward with even 2 people lifting. I’m not interested in rigging up some unsafe system to my garage ceiling joists and SWMBO will not be participating
I’ve read posts that suggest the head can be removed by one person but frankly some of the suggestions seem implausible.
I’d like to hear opinions. A HF 1 Ton hoist would only be $150 so that’s where I’m leaning, thinking I can put 2 straps under the head and bring the head out to the exhaust side.
PS - LoL - Just noticed the wrench in the picture that was there on the water valve. It’ll come out soon enough.