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Old 07-27-2003, 09:19 PM
neumann neumann is offline
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Heres my 2 cents I was there and I am glad we used the bar and lift method. I certainly could have manhandled the head with the cam and rockers in place but why? It was much smoother to remove this way. It was a good 50 plus pounds but also bulky and awkward to hold onto. Not many places to get a grip.

It was both of ours first Mercedes head removal job and the finesse method worked great for us. I had to work the next day and a slip up in a lift or a dropped head would have ruined both of us for the next day

The exhaust manifold looks great in person

Those are my new balance shoes in the pics.

QUOTE]Originally posted by LarryBible
The head weighs no more than 30 pounds or so. If you leave the exhaust manifolds, cam, rockers, etc on the head, then it does indeed weigh alot.

That said, the manifolds, cam, rockers, etc must come off before going to the machine shop anyway. Also, at least for me, these parts are easier to remove from the head with the head in place. The bare aluminum head is as light as a feather.

Thus my question regarding using a hoist to remove the head. Even with all that stuff on the head, I would use Gregs method in spite of the fact that I have a walking beam with a chain hoist running down the middle of my shop with a balancing apparatus hanging on it at the ready at all times. It's just quicker and easier to manhandle a head, any head than it is to mess around with a chain hoist.

BTW good job on your engine work!

Have a great day,
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