My friend suprised me on Friday and gave me the keys to his automotive shop where I have the use of the lift all weekend. So I finally took the plunge today after living in denial for a year plus that it needed a HG job. I have the jig, studs, tap and drill and the upper half engine gaskets, but I never got around to ordering the FSM. Here's hoping everything goes smooth. I worked 8 hours straight today and got heat sickness, and a pounding headache. I have till Monday morning before I have to at least have the cradle back in so we can roll it off the lift. I got the harness all the way disconnected, as well as the a/c lines, removed the intake, water reservoir, water crossover, wheels, calipers, radiator, fans, disconnected the steering shaft, left valve cover, and water pump cam pulley, struts upper towers unhooked.
I finally gave up for the night, I had removed the connection nuts at the converter, but couldn't get it to seperate and the cradle kept leaving the jack stands when I raised the body with the lift. So I guess I'll try tomorrow to remove the bolts at the collector on the manifold instead?
I also pulled too hard on the rubber hose to the upper line of the heater core and the metal nipple seperated for the core itself. Don't know if that can me soldered or brazed while still in the car??? Its pretty tight in that corner.
Tomorrow is going to be the big push to get it all the way out, start and finish both head jobs, skipping the lower half reseal, fixing that heater core, and getting the cradle at least bolted onto the car.