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Old 12-30-2008, 08:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question DIY Head Gasket

As some of you may know, I've had some coolant issues recently that have ended up with my disco requiring a head gasket job. I'm a big DIY guy, just really enjoy OTJ training and learning more about what it is while I am doing it. This has lead me to the decision that I am going to do my head gaskets myself. There are some other mitigating factors that also help out including secondary vehicle, garage space to do the work, patient wife and an engineering background...

So my question is this... Other than typical mechanic's tools (air tools, torque wrench, sockets galore, open & box wrenches), what specific tools would I need to perform this task?

As a side note, I'm also a photographer by hobby, so I will be taking many detailed photos of the process for future reference and would like to share them for the benefit of the forum.

AB has the head gasket kit that includes composite materials for under $300. I'm also going to do wires & plugs and possibly some other maintenance while the hood's off (so to speak)...

I've earmarked 3 weekends for this...one for tear down, one for rebuild and one in the middle in the event that the heads are warped.


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Buy your gasket kit from Atlantic British as well as the new head bolts and a new intake manifold gasket, also a new t/stat and a upper radiator hose if you have the old hose with the bleed screw molded into the rubber hose instead of in a black plastic Tee.. Buy your 8 mm Magnacor wires from Tony at the LRRF, 650-365-4145.
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cool - thanks for the reply! I had my local mechanic install a new t/stat and waterpump when the coolant was leaking out last week. I'll definitely give Tony a call.
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im really looking forward to seeing the pictures of this. good luck!
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im really looking forward to seeing the pictures of this. good luck!
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