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Extra Long Box Wrench and a "Bully" Bar

Today, I'm probably going to disconnect the exhaust manifold from the head. There's one other problem that I'm not sure if I can get around. The timing chain has some chain guides that I believe are bolted to the head and the block. The bolts are underneath the timing chain cover. It's another one of those uncool Ford features that make the vehicle difficult to work on without lifting the car, taking one of the wheels off, taking the timing cover off, etc. I'm trying to do this without being bothered with all that. 

The good news is I have small arms and hands, and it looks like I might have just enough room to get a long box wrench or combo wrench in the space between the timing cover and the head to loosen up the guide bolts. I can use a "bully" bar to give myself leverage.

The lady at Lowe's helped me find a steel pipe I could use that was similar to the one we had at the Walmart Auto Care. She knew why I wanted it, and she referred to it as a "bully bar." I loved the name because that's exactly what I want to use it to do. I want to bully the crap out of those bolts! It has worked well for breaking other bolts loose. 

The bolts don't appear to be super-long. Therefore, there is a slight chance that I can get them out far enough as to whereas I can get the head out.

The bad news is this: If I drop my tool into the space, I'll end up having to take the timing cover all the way off anyway. I'll also have to find a creative way to stop the guides from falling into the space if and when I separate the head. I already dropped a socket down there once, but I got the socket out with a magnet. I might not be so lucky if I drop an entire heavy wrench. So I'll have to put something into the space for my tool to drop if I lose my grip on it. 

This is definitely not a job for the fearful or faint of heart. As with my other car, I wasn't scared at all. Neither this car nor my other car was running at the time when I took it apart. So the fear factor was low. Neither car could have ended up any worse than it was originally. 

The other car only needed to have the head gaskets replaced. It ran like butter after it worked all the kinks out from sitting for six months or so. I wish I still had it now. 

This car has an intake system part that needs to be replaced, and it could also have some more extensive damages to the engine. I won't have a definitive answer until I see what's going on with my own eyes. However, I'm pretty sure that it at least has a blown head gasket. That's the least of the problems I might see when I remove the heads. 

 I am trying to remove the heads one at a time. It will be great if I can get the front head off. The rear one is going to be a pure nightmare. 

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