So I'm a bit late with the pictures, but better than never... Right now the dis-assembly is complete. I decided to send the heads to a shop for repair and refurbishment rather than used heads and the bench resurface. The cost to bring these back to life is certainly more than a used set, but will greatly increase my confidence once everything's back together. Spending the down time buying all the gaskets, hoses, and bits that will be replaced as it's re-assembled.
Here's a rough run down of the past several days. First, what triggered this whole thing. I recommend you never let this happen.
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Initial removal of all the accessories and intake manifold went very smoothly. Just had one stripped bolthole with one of the power steering pump bolts. Noticed the well used PCV valve too.
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And got the manifold off. Most difficult part was some of the electrical connectors sticking. I also had to eventually take the water pipe off the top of the engine to get some of the transmission bolts.
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At this point is when I decided to just pull the engine. A hand full of transmission bolts, engine mounts and a hoist. Turned out to add about half a day with a buddy. Most of that time was spent negotiating the best approaches to the lower trans bolts and cutting off stuck exhaust bolts. Had it out in time for date night though.
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In the second picture, just to the left of the center of the plate you can see where we found a spider egg sack. Didn't get a picture before it was wiped away. No idea how it got there or how long ago. Looks like the metal oil separator (yay), but what's that grungy looking cover to the left? Seems like I should do something about that...
Also, when we first removed the engine it pulled the torque converter with it. Came out the oil seal and made a big mess. I pushed it back it for now, but since it came out I'll remove it again, replace the seal, and reseat it. Found this thread (http://www.ultimates...track/?p=985663) which makes it seem very doable.