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      Engine Top End

      As a couple of you know, I had my timing belt slip off. Well I finally got it back home and after some time I got into it yesterday to check the timing and compression.

      I reset the timing (crank pointed to bottom and cams pointed to each other). No start. I then checked the compression in cylinder one and four. No pressure. So pretty much I think I have issues (duh!). I can move the engine by hand I don't feel any jamming. So I think I might be able to do a head job and hopefully my pistons are ok. If not I can replace it.

      So before I go down this path I need advice on the best way to proceed.

      1) should I pull the engine entirely ( I would replace the clutch)
      2) Or work with in the car

      My biggest concern is removing the exhaust header. The bolts and nuts are pretty much rusted shut. Once I get into that I bet those bolts are going to snap.

      So guys who have done this job, advice? I should be able to pull the top end by removing the exhaust, intake headers.


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      I forgot to post the timing marks pictures. Just a check with the group the make sure they are correct.

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      I'd price out parts. Are you going to replace the head, or just the bent valves? How much is a salvage yard engine? If its only $300, swapping it may be easier than doing a head job. It'll certainly take more time.

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      have not priced anything yet. I am leery of used engines as you don't know and I have been burned on so-called mileage numbers before. I would rather pull the head and take to a shop. I don't have a valve tool.
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      So a quick questions to the guys who have pulled the head before. Any last minute of advice before I rip mine apart?
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      Don't break anything?

      Nah, but a good one is to take lots of pics along the way unless you're comfortable with the work.

      Then, share the pics with us!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Daox View Post
      Nah, but a good one is to take lots of pics along the way unless you're comfortable with the work.
      Then, share the pics with us!
      You know both will happen! I am sure there is a server somewhere under duress from all my pictures. Looking forward to that part, as several people here have busted the head off and we have no pictures.
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      Ok I got started on removing the headers.

      Exhaust Header:
      I sprayed BB blaster on all the nuts and broke them using a long 3/4 drive. They are all 12mm nuts. I removed the Catalytic Converter and heat shield
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      I have a crack in my exhaust header. Maybe I should weld a new one? Know where I can find a plate?
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      Intake. There is a lot of stuff in the way and this turned out to be a major job. I still did not get it finished as there are four more bolts that I could only access from the back side.

      This valve controls the water going into the engine cooling system. Check your hoses
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      Fuel Rail, just unbolt and remove the wires
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      Just pull it out and move it aside, no need to remove it.
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      I don't know what is that. A 5mm Allen Key removed it
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      Here is the other side of that hose
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      Pulled off the intake hose. It's broken. Maybe time for a custom cold air intake.
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      Throttle body:

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      Fly by wire controls.
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      Needs some serious cleaning
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      The header is held steady by a plate on the backside.
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      Moved the alternator out of the way. That is mounted to a couple of header bolts.
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