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Head gasket and stud install

Hey Guys I started a tear down of my 6.0 to install studs and new gaskets along with an egr delete, new oil cooler and a 4in turbo back exhaust. And I figured I would post up some pics and let you guys know what I thought about it.
So far I have 15 hours into it and have gotten the heads off and to the machinist. I have an oil cooler on order which will be next to go on. All I did it with the cab on engine in the truck and it wasnt as bad as i thought it would be. If you have worked on cars and done similar repairs, it is nothing new. Dont be afraid it isnt bad. I will attach some pics of my tear down so you can see how I went about it. If you have any questions or helpful hints for me Id love them! Thanks guys and good luck with your own 6.0.

















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lookin pretty good so far.....

how hard was it to remove the blower from the firewall??



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Thanks a lot! The blower was really easy, pull up the door sill plastic, then the tow kick plastic, pull the glove box, and there are 6 nuts on the inside of the truck 1/4 turn to loosen them and then twirl right off. There is a plug inside the truck for 2 vac lines and it pulls right out. plus you need to have the refrigerant sucked down first or you will end up with a big mess! heater core stays in the cab i just pulled the evap housing.
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thanks for giving people like me hope that i can do it myself.

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Nice to have the pics to get the visual. Looks like all kinds of room with the evaporator out! How many square feet of shop space do you have to spread out all those removed parts on?

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wow, lots of stuff to pull out, i give you props, im still deciding to do mine or not, im buyin a little toyota from my buddy for a few hundred bucks, so i can drive that thing around while i stud my truck. keep up the good work and the pictures!

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did removing the blower's 4 bolts also remove the evaporator? if not what else did that require, other than AC refrig. recovery?

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thanks for giving people like me hope that i can do it myself.
Hey man I was worried about it myself and figured i had nothing to lose so i just dove it and was plesently surprised! I figured anyone else thinking about it would like to know as much as possible. Its not that bad so if you have the time just do it! good luck
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Nice to have the pics to get the visual. Looks like all kinds of room with the evaporator out! How many square feet of shop space do you have to spread out all those removed parts on?
I have a 5 car garage and its 50x40 so theres plenty of room when its empty but it rarely gets that way! lol Im using 2 bays for the whole thing plus a couple sq feet maybe. I have the truck 2 cars 2 atvs and a bunch of crap jammed in now and its not bad. I tend to keep things tightly packed so if you like a really nice open work area then you will need more room!
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did removing the blower's 4 bolts also remove the evaporator? if not what else did that require, other than AC refrig. recovery?
Hey I didnt remove the blower, I just removed the whole evaporator housing. I left the blower bolted right on to the evap housing. There are 6 studs that go through the firewall with nuts behind the glove box that pull the whole evap housing right off. other then that there were 2 vac lines and the whole housing comes right off.
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