Thanks Ben!Well that sounds like a load of fun! Good luck with everything. Hope it goes well!
My mechanic told me that he'd seen thermostats warp and break apart in high-heat situations. I have no reason not to believe him, but either way, he's not doing any more work here because I simply can't afford it.
- removed, cleaned, and painted the intake manifold
- removed and cleaned rocker covers
- removed and cleaned rockers and valve lifters
- removed camshaft sprockets (no cleaning necessary, plus I need the grease pencil marks to ensure I put her back together correctly)
- removed a/c compressor, alternator, and power steering pump
- removed cylinder head
I went to www.boltdepot.com and spent about $30 to replace all my old rusted partially-stripped bolts in the engine compartment, replacing all the lock washers, etc.
After I cleaned the cylinder heads, rockers, valve lifters, pistons, etc., I lubed them up real good to sit while I finish the rest. Managed to remove the exhaust manifolds without breaking any bolts, but both manifolds are cracked, so I'll replace those with stainless exhaust headers when I get the cash for them. Looks like they're only about $140 on eBay - http://r.ebay.com/1BqPRz.
Any of you ever use stainless headers on your X? I'm considering using an exhaust wrap on them to reduce heat under the hood, but I'm wondering if it'll cook my catalytic converters.