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Old 01-04-2012, 03:02 PM
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Head studs Installed in a week?

I have about a week of clear weather coming and I would like to get my head studs and head gaskets in before the next storm. I have all the parts lined, new oil coolers, delete, dummy plugs, GP wiring harnesses... Do you think I could get every tore down and buttoned back up in a week assuming that my heads just need to be shaved. I talked to a couple machine shops that said they could have my heads shaved and checked, and my intake steam cleaned in about a day. Should I make a go at it?

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Old 01-04-2012, 03:06 PM
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you sure can, im in CT and can lend a hand if you need it
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Old 01-04-2012, 03:58 PM
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Thanks Gregg, I could probably use a hand getting the new heads on. I have an engine hoist but I know an extra set of hands were good when i did the heads on my chevy 6.5. Its one of my main plow trucks so I just need it put back before the next storm.

I hope I'm not taking to much of a gamble
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:11 PM
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I was in the same position, during that big storm at the end of october with our 02 duramax plow truck, I had it under the knife for head gaskets and studs.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:14 PM
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If you're quick you can do everything in about 20-25 hours.

Tip: If you have a guy helping you, ditch the cherry picker and just lift the heads in and out. Much faster.
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Yeah I know 20 -25 hours is what every one says but I get the feeling that it would be tough to do this in 3 days. We'll see I'm gonna flush it on Friday and pull it into the barn and drain and dismantle, hopefully drop the heads off on Monday AM and pick up tuesday and be driving by Thursday... Just hope that I don't have to overnight any parts.
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It's a tricky situation. Always expect SOMETHING to go wrong.

I would consider myself 'experienced' with studding a 6.0 and the last time i did it, just gaskets (no oil cooler or hpop rebuild or machine shop) it took me 3 days of about 8 hours a day. That's a running truck to a running truck. I also remove the whole front end of the truck when I do it to make the job less painful.

If you keep at it and the machine shop is quick I think you'll be just fine
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:12 PM
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Hey adam Im glad to see your finally doing it! Ill talk to you tomorrow i left everything out side my garage cus Ill be driving the silver truck tomorrow.
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I know some unexpected issues may pop up but I'm hoping for a smooth solution. I'm not sure if I want to take the front end off, I have the plow frame on there too. It may take more time than I have to take all that off. I have a comfy old dog bed that I'll lay across the top to save my torso.

Thanks Mike, you gonna be around tomorrow, we can flush your coolant while I'm doing it.

Thanks guys
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:55 PM
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Well I just finished flushing the coolant; Took about 60 gals of distilled, cleared out wally world and Target!! Drain plug on drivers side decide it wanted to stay in, and stripped the 8mm allen. Finally got it out by welding a socket on to it, this is the way it should have come from the factory. Truck is in the barn tonight ready to get torn down! I ended up having the freon drained so i could remove the whole condensor and stuff on the pass. side. Should give me plenty of room. OK time to tear into this beast!!
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