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Old 06-11-2012, 11:15 PM
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:39 PM
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To finish up the day I pulled the valve covers and heads. I Have ARH long tube headers, so I left the headers attached to the heads, but I disconnected them from the exhaust system at the collectors. I did this because I need to make some mods to the headers and will be reinstalling with Stage-8 exhaust manifold locking bolts. To remove the valve covers, you should follow the same torque sequence, but it's not 100% neccessary.



You can remove the rocker assemblies here if you want, but since I will be swapping heads I left them in place so I can work on them off the truck to make it easier. I elected to pull the heads and remove the pushrods once the heads had been loosened and I just pulled them out after moving the rocker arms out of the way.

To loosen the heads off, there is a few things to do before unbolting everything. Firstly, there is a 13mm bolt through the timing cover to each head that needs to be removed, then there is the bonding strap at the back that really needs the heads pulled forward a bit. To unbolt them you MUST follow the torque sequence or you risk flexing the head, so remove the 10 main head bolts then the 5 secondary bolts last.

Pulling the heads with the headers is a 2 person job, but luckily my friend had returned home at this point and gave me a hand. The driver side pulls out VERY easily, the passenger-side was a b!tch because the A/C line gets in the way of pulling the head up high enough to make it all move. With some brute force and patience the passenger side head finally made it and got set to the side for the night. Overall, the cylinders look to be in good shape, so they'll just get some general cleaning up tomorrow.





Tomorrow will be the off-engine head work, pulling the timing cover and dampner, cam swap, and prepping the block for head re-installation.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:44 PM
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This is the part I've been waiting for.
You done real good for the first day Kurtis! I'm impressed that you were able to remove the heads with the headers attached. I can just image how heavy and awkward that would have been.

Looking forward to tomorrow.
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Alright here we go, the part everyone has been waiting for has finally started. Doing great so far man, really nice write up as you go so reps for that.
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Continuing with the build, I started with pulling the dampner using a 3-jaw pulley. I used the old crank bolt to press against and as the puller maxed out I just extended the crank bolt and pressed on it again until the pulley dropped off.





There are 5 bolts in the oil pan that need to be removed from underneath and once they're all out I was able to pull the timing cover off. One thing I did notice was that the timing chain was not setup properly from the factory as the plated timing links were nowhere near where they were supposed to be, but I guess they don't particularly need to be from the factory.



Again, using the old crank bolt, I barred the engine over until the #1 cylinder was at TDC, and with the timing cover off it's really easy, just align the crank shaft's keyway with the chrysler symbol on the oil pump. I then broke the cam bolt loose by holding the crank bolt with a breaker bar to hold the entire system in place.



Whenever you have the timing cover off, you really need to check the timing chain tensioner slider because they are a known weak point in our engines, luckliy mine were in great shape.



Then I pulled the cam's tone ring and set the timing chain to the side. You can do this entire process with the oil pump in place to save you the trouble of dropping the oil pan. With the tone ring removed you can now remove the 3 bolts holding the flex plate in place to expose the snout of the cam shaft.



I then reinstalled the cam bolt loosely and used it to pull the cam from the block. Remember to be gentle when pulling the cam out as you don't want to damage the cam journal bearing, you can do this by rotating the cam and pulling out, this will use the lobes to lift the cam around the journals.



Here's the stock cam with the new custom grind cam



After using a generous amount of assembly lube on the new cam I reinstalled it. I have been told that the reinstallation can be an absolute PITA but I think I just got lucky as it took a total of 2 minutes to get the new cam set in place. I then reinstalled the flex plate and the tone ring. Using the plated links I set the timing chain.

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Old 06-13-2012, 01:06 AM
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Here is the old head and the new head, you can see the big difference between the combustion chambers. You can see there's also a difference between the exhaust ports, which meant that I had to spend about 3 hours porting my ARH headers to the new D-shape. This would have been fairly straightforward, however my die grinder decided to crap out on me, but luckily my friend had one of his own and I finished fairly quickly. You'd be amazed at how good the air compressors on an air-ride controlled heavy-duty wrecker truck can be even at idle.





Once the headers were ported I installed them on the new heads with the mopar exhaust gaskets and used the stage-8 locking bolt system with high-temp lock-tite to prevent any backing off of the exhaust system. They are pretty slick, but require a bit of work to make them all snug down properly.





Final act of the day was the reinstallation of the timing cover in prep for tomorrow's work

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This sounds like a dumb question while I'm asking it, but did you replace the cam with the lifters in place??? I sure looks like it from the pics......
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:28 AM
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I sure did, it's quite simple to do actually, just rotate the cam as it comes out and you won't bind on the lifters or the journals.
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