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1C2 June 13th, 2016 09:16 PM

Head Gasket help
So I have a 99 mustang GT, and unfortunately it needs new head gaskets. I've done the head gaskets on my 01 dodge ram 1500 before, but it didn't have OHC. I really don't know what to expect. How much harder is it? Any good walk through online? I'm afraid to start and just end up overwhelmed and have it sit in pieces so any advice is appreciated. I would like to get this done as fast as I did on my dodge. Took me about from 8pm to 2am (was trading it the next day haha)

mjackson3010 June 13th, 2016 09:47 PM

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Your gonna half the room and twice as many parts. Take it slow and mark everything

nkausch June 13th, 2016 09:57 PM

Me personally, I think it's almost easier to just pull the engine, swap head gaskets, and then put it back in. With a helper I can do that in a day. A couple of years back I did head gaskets on a friends 96 and it took us two days because we kept fighting with the space we were given.

SSG Pate June 13th, 2016 09:58 PM

Its easy and sounds worse then it really is. a torque wrench is mandatory as well as moly lube if you want a perfect clamping force or close. a good walk through online i am not aware of because most of us just go off memory...... start with intake and work your way in, tape every single thing that you take off as to where it goes, if you get into a bind ill be here.

1C2 June 13th, 2016 10:34 PM

Thanks for your tips guys! I suppose this won't go by as fast as my tuck. I think I will start tomorrow, so expect a lot of questions then haha. Unfortunately I don't have the resources to pull the engine out.

SSG Pate June 13th, 2016 10:35 PM

Did you already get the gaskets? youll need a intake gasket set, head gasket set with BOLTS, valve cover gaskets unless you can get them off without wrecking them or stretching them out.

Ill be around if you need help

46L281GT June 13th, 2016 10:52 PM

I also recommend timing cover gasket and injector o rings on standby. You'll also need to get a fuel line disconnect tool unless you want to fight with the fuel rails the whole time. It's a pain but I did it in the car. Took 13 hours straight to reassemble by myself.

1C2 June 13th, 2016 11:06 PM


Originally Posted by 46L281GT (Post 11550409)
I also recommend timing cover gasket and injector o rings on standby. You'll also need to get a fuel line disconnect tool unless you want to fight with the fuel rails the whole time. It's a pain but I did it in the car. Took 13 hours straight to reassemble by myself.

Fuel line disconnect tool? Also I have new head gaskets and intake manifold gaskets. I'm hoping I can reuse valve cover gasket, and I know i'm supposed to get new bolts, I was planning on getting those soon but how important is that? I have friends who have re used them on cars with many more miles on them.

Derfdog15 June 13th, 2016 11:26 PM

I recommend just getting the bolts, that way if f reusing yours does cause issues, you dont have to get new gaskets again...

Good luck and I am sure there are plenty of people here who can help!

1996 GT June 13th, 2016 11:45 PM

Our head bolts are TTY (one time use). I HIGHLY recommend new head bolts.

46L281GT June 14th, 2016 08:16 AM

I used these plastic disconnect tools I think the red one is the one we need. on the passenger side right around the heater core connections you'll see the place to disconnect. I highly recommend head bolts as well. This isn't a job you'll want to do again. I know that you've already bought the head gaskets, but this is a pretty good price for the set. I would also check the timing components for wear and see if the chains have slack etc. I was terrified to rip mine apart, but with the help of others on here it wasn't too bad. I'll PM you some info that will help you quite a bit.

AutoCraft 6 pc A/C and Fuel Line Quick Disconnect Tool Set AC502: Advance Auto Parts

Ford Racing Mustang GT 4.6L 2V Head Changing Kit M-6067-D46 (96-04 GT) - Free Shipping

SSG Pate June 14th, 2016 03:12 PM

I recommend new bolts too but I have reused mine as well in the past by bringing the torque specs up 5 pounds trying to restretch the bolt. but im not 18 anymore eating Onions for lunch LOL yes at one point in my younger days I was so poor all I had to take for lunch if I had anything at all was an Onion and ill never forget them days LOL. the point here is unless your taking Onions for lunch BUY THE BOLTS (:

1C2 June 14th, 2016 05:03 PM

Well I am 18 but im not eating onions for lunch (yet). Ill get them today along with a few other things. Going to be starting soon. Its hot as hell and i dont have a garage or any shade so I might end up waiting till evening.

SSG Pate June 14th, 2016 06:13 PM

Well don't let it intimidating you, I'd you run into issues just stop back on here and we'll help you out.

1C2 June 14th, 2016 08:45 PM

So ive gotten to the point where i need a fuel line diconnect tool. Would I be able to just pick up one at autozone or oreillys? Im going to order a water pump (i also need to replace that) and injector o rings right now.

nkausch June 14th, 2016 09:00 PM

Should be able to pick them up at any auto parts store

Bottledgt June 14th, 2016 10:11 PM

The bolts are cheap. The gaskets you can most likely all reuse unless obviously in bad shape.

46L281GT June 14th, 2016 11:36 PM

Yeah grab the disconnect tool from your local parts store.

1C2 June 15th, 2016 12:04 AM

Alright, ill grab one tomorrow. I didnt get much done on the car, spent most of my time making room in my driveway, organizing stuff, and getting tools out. Tomorrow I will have the help of my brother who knows a good amount more than me, so hopefully ill get a lot done then. I ordered the bolts. I dont have very much budget left. I think I just have enough for an oil change and that tool, and maybe a few small things. Hopefully thats all I need.
Also I drained my oil and about half a cup of water came out before any oil, rip Royal Purple. Only about 500 miles since I put it in..

nkausch June 15th, 2016 07:10 AM

If money is tight I believe the fuel line disconnects are part of the rental tool program at most stores. Just give them a deposit and they give you the deposit back when you return the tool

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