Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Hickman Nebraska
yikes! yeah, its not that hard to do that job yourself with the patience, organization of removed parts, and some tools, including a decent torque wrench. manuals are also VERY helpful, and will usually have the dis-assembly process layed out with pictures, diagrams, and most, if not all the torque specs needed depending on the quality of the manual.
i mean, you can get some tape, and start labeling vacuum lines and wire connectors before the disassembley. get some Ziploc bags and label them for what your taking off, keep the bolts, nuts, etc inside them. then start from the top down. disconnect the battery!
take off what you need to to get at the heads, alternator AC compressor, etc. then uplug everything up top. (labeling is recommended, especially if your not putting it all back together right away...) remove the intake manifold, and valve covers. then attack the heads and get them all out of the way.
once you get the intake, valve covers and heads all off, clean the block mating surface up real good with some scrapers and things, just don't get too aggressive with it and scratch the surface all up.
look for cracks on the block, heads, and cylinder bores(rotating the crank helps to spot cracks down low in the cyl's). check your heads for leaking valves by setting them face up and poor some fuel into each valve area, and let it sit. if the fuel leaks out your valves are not sealing in that cylinder.
then have the heads milled smooth at a shop(valve job done if needed), get some new head bolts and reinstall using the recommended torque spec/pattern. then work your way back up from their with all new gaskets. also a good time to replace any old dried out vacuum lines.
RUST!! eating away at me more than the rear fender wells
95 Deep Jewel Green 40th Anniversary Bird / Stock SOHC 190k 96-97 intake swap, 97 Mk8 4R70W, Jmod, 3L27 / energy susp rear spindle, and cobra arm bushings, 93 Mk8 shaft, and LCAs, 225/60r16 on Windstar twin 5spokes, Vogtland 1.6drop springs, Tokico Blues, PBR, and rear-disk swap, 89 SC swaybars