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Head studs going in got a few questions?
How much (approx) does a crew cab with seats out weigh? Cab only of course.
How high do you have to raise the cab up if you wanted to roll out the chassis? Assuming the bed was off. Thinking of making a stand for the cab next to the garage. Remove the bed and the get the cab up on the stand (s?) and hand roll, tow, push, pull the chassis into the garage.
I was planning on doing gaskets and studs on a new truck whether it needed it or not. The new truck needs... I probably need new heads too. Got fuel in coolant along with the 16psi+ degas. The fuel leak is slow, there is no smoke, no coolant loss and the degas psi rate is very slow, even with the hammer down 0-80mph. The truck drives sweet getting 18+mpg all stock. It had an egr cooler failure that caused the head problems. If it does need heads I have not yet decided the route to go. Considering the costs, risks and logistics of machining old ones or remans, I really want new castings. I am nervous to get them from clearwater, even though I am leaning towards them. I've heard the are good... mostly.
The more I learn about this truck the more I want to do the work myself. I just proved it will fit in the garage at or new house diagonal! This way I will not be in a crunch for time and if the new heads do fail I will be able to remove them myself saving twice as much coin in the end. If I have to I can order the heads and get them checked out by a machine shop prior to install. I'll feel good knowing I did the job and I am capable of getting in there efficiently if some thing else needs tending to.
This truck has no rust and all the options I wanted, so to me it is worth dumping some time and money making it what I want, instead of being forced to pay way more for something I really did not want. I'm putting a lot of other updates/upgrades in while the truck is apart. I plan on upgrading fuel system, turbo, ficm, hpop and injectors after I prove this head stud job holds up to some strong tuning and abuse.
01 F-350 reg cab srw 7.3
Beans stage 1 injectors, Beans 6 position chip
Dieselsite ww2, boost fooler, wastegate controller
gauges, upgraded up pipes,
afe intake, 4" flow through muf w/turn out
BTS transmission, 6.0 cuuuler
35"toyo mt on 18" black kmc addicts
06 F-350 cc srw 6.0 lariat
build being planned...starting with the cab off