Seeing as how you have the shed and space. And of course the lift, cab off without question.Nice write up? Man I'm needing to do this job. My truck needs head gaskets and studs. I've been tossing around the options of doing a cab off or doing it cab on. I do have a 2 post lift in my shop and I'm blessed to have a fairly large shop, 40x60 , to be able to lift the cab, and roll the chassis back to work on the motor. You stated that it took you 20hrs to do this job...thats not bad, but I'll bet you must have been grinding pretty hard at it. My funds are limited. $2000 at most to spend on this job. I just finished towing my work trailer and the truck just quit going down the highway, not related to the HG leak. The IPR stops working when it gets hot. I sat on the highway for about an hour to let it cool down, then it started right up and I was able to limp it back home. I got the new OEM IPR sitting on the bench.
So now I need to make the decision to go all the way and change the HGs and studs. I'm getting really tired of checking the coolant level, it's obviously worse when I tow. It's time. Cab off or cab on?