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post #1 of 22 Old 05-18-2012, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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head gasket hours

how long does it take a normal shop to do studs and gaskets on a 6.0?
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I want to say by the book its 20-24? Dont quote me on that though im sure theres a ford tech who will speak up. FWIW i did my own in 18hrs with no prior 6.0 experience, including stc fitting and oil cooler swap.

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i'm having iisues and am considering just going studs OEM gaskets new EOC EGR delete the ford garage wants 80/hr to do the work my normal mechanic is $45/hr but he's not a "diesel mechanic" but he is really good his specialty is engine swaps. fyi i dont like my local ford garage they have hosed me too many times
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Get it to a real shop for major work like that.

not sure where in PA you are, but there are several very good shops on the east coast. Pasadena Diesel Repair is a great place and the names of a few others escape me at the moment, but hopefully someone will chime in.

Its not worth doing the work unless its done 100% correctly. Checking the heads properly to make sure they are flat(fords test is inadequate, bar stock and a feeler gauge, really?) and magnafluxing them in a must imo and installing hardened valve seats since they are prone to cracking.

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Pay for a diesel shop who's done 6.0 stud jobs to do the work. Have your heads checked. Mine is going in for the second stud job (1st one was from a bum mechanic) and its going to cost $3700 from one of the best shops around.

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i'm in Dubois Pa (canter of the state)
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I think its 36hrs in the book.. My trk was done in about 15hrs with 2 guys.

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to the best of my knowlage there are no shops within an hour from here....however i do know a ford tech who does his own work on the side
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the local shop did my dads 06 in 11 hours but they used stock bolts and how they explained things didnt make alot of sense plus they had the cab off
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The problem is its not as simple as lift cab/R&R heads and drop the cab back on.

Its getting the heads professionally checked out before putting them back onto the engine thats the problem for the average wrench. Pasadena has their own machine shop for checking the heads.

IF they would pull the heads and send them off to get a clean bill of health then that opens up a few options of who can do the work.

Also while the truck is torn down so far its a good time for experienced eyes to be able to look for problems and address them then and there.

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