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Old 01-28-2005, 10:28 PM
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Heads stuck they wont budge

My heads are stuck all the bolts are removed i tug on them and wacked the sides with a wooden block I even put a long piece of wood in the head and used it as a lever

They still wont move I the sealer last used on it must have really stuck them there how can I free them up and take them off

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Old 01-28-2005, 10:34 PM
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I usually put the trusty Craftsman 1/2 in. breaker bar in the intake port and pry up. If that doesn't work I make sure ALL the bolts are out. Then take a thin flat blade screwdriver and GENTLY tap it between the head and block. On the ends where the intake,head and block all meet..
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Old 01-28-2005, 10:35 PM
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OK, if you're sure you've got all 17 bolts out...

If the lever/crowbar didn't work, I've used a putty knife and gingerly tapped around the edges of the head, preferably into the head gasket.
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i've never tried this

Install the plugs and turn the crank over. Maybe the compression will help lift it.
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Double check....then TRIPLE CHECK to see that ALL the bolts are out !!

Then make sure.......

Never had the head not come off if all the bolts were off.......had to insert a tire jack handle down into a intake port and pull with all my 250 LBS. a time or two........

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with all my 250 LBS. a time or two........
Deuce your lucky. My friend and I were at a junk yard and it was a little before closing time. We were pulling the heads off a car and one was stuck on there like no tomorrow. It's a time like that I wish I had 250 to pull lol. Eventually both of use were able to use a hammer in the intake port to pry it off that was fun when it finally came ...flying off the tire I was standing on lol.

As was said make sure ALL bolts are out and try to pry from the intake ports. Sometimes the bottom corner ones are hidden under oil or sludge.

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still wont budge? a nice 25lb sledge hammer will do the job nicely... lol... but you better get new heads...
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Grab a wooden mallet and get angry with it even if it doesn't work you will at least feel better
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There has GOT to be a bolt in yet. I saw a sbc head that someone used force to get off. He had left all the lower outside bolts in and just taken out the ones under the valve cover... then he PRIED and yanked and hammered till it came off.... and left a long piece of the head still on the block WITH ALL THE SHORT BOLTS IN!!!

I think he bought new heads.
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I'm worried

I never used any kind of sealer installing head gaskets. The last motor I built I used a spray on blue stuff called QuickTac or something like that. I hope I can get these heads off. I have to switch sides this spring due to a stripped alternator bolt hole.
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Hold up hos! If that's why you're pulling the heads it would be much easier to use heli-coil.
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heli coil

I bought the heads from a friend. After I installed them on my motor. I came to find out someone had already put a helicoil in. Crooked I may add. Needless to say the alternator dog tracks and the belt keeps falling off.

I asked him about this and he said he had no such problems. He had the heads on opposite sides and the bolt hole in the back of the other head is perfect.

I had a 50/50 chance of getting them on right.
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lol, too bad.
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Make sure the exhaust manifolds are tied back out of the way,like several people have mentioned,make sure that all the bolts are out,get a flashlight and check both sides,look in the corners on top of the heads,Then pry,tap the edges while you do to help coax it along.
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as stated there are 17 bolts- check and make sure you have the 2 on the ends under the valve cover. sometimes they fill with oil and you don't see them. If you don't know they are there you will never figure it out without cleaning out all the oil. Once they are all out do just as bobcrman stated and the head will come off.
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