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Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, 99 STS head gasket repair [ in car] in Cadillac Engine Technical Discussion; IMG_20140524_130251_209.jpg With the rear head off and the front of the cradle lowered, you can see there is more room ...
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    Re: 99 STS head gasket repair [ in car]

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    With the rear head off and the front of the cradle lowered, you can see there is more room than you would think.

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    Re: 99 STS head gasket repair [ in car]

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    Some things you may need. The air gun with extension was under $5 from HF.

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    Good curls on the bit.
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    Re: 99 STS head gasket repair [ in car]

    scaled_image (5).jpgCheapest 1/2" angle drill I could find was $125 at HF and yes, it is over kill for drilling the block. I had a 20% off coupon so it was $100

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    Shavings on the tap. feelin good about this so far

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    Re: 99 STS head gasket repair [ in car]

    Nice work. Keep up with the pics and text and we'll make your work permanent in Tech Tips.

    You may run out of picture storage room - resize them all to less than 800 X 800. (I see that some are already below that size .......)

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    Re: 99 STS head gasket repair [ in car]

    The Corona Extra beer I see is "mood" lubricant.......

    Love the right angle drill, you might think it's overkill it's probably making that job more bearable than you think........

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    Re: 99 STS head gasket repair [ in car]

    A right angle drill is a must if you are going to do it in car.

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    Re: 99 STS head gasket repair [ in car]

    Quote Originally Posted by 98eldo32v View Post
    The Corona Extra beer I see is "mood" lubricant.......

    Love the right angle drill, you might think it's overkill it's probably making that job more bearable than you think........
    The drill is great. It's a Chinese copy of a Milwaukee hole hawg.

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    Got the front of the block serted. Had trouble with the locator near #7 on the rear bank. Thats where I had the leak. Tomorrow I'll drill the rear head. I know this tool is expensive but it does the job very nicely so far. Only complaint is the guide bushing is always coming off. Spent some time finding where it landed a few times. would be nice if it screwed in.

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    Re: 99 STS head gasket repair [ in car]

    $120 is not all that expensive, especially considering what you are saving by doing it yourself.

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    Re: 99 STS head gasket repair [ in car]

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    $120 is not all that expensive, especially considering what you are saving by doing it yourself.
    I was referring to the time sert set. This is the second job on this set and there is no sign of wear. I will ebay it when I'm finished with the job. As far as the drill. it's a keeper.

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    Re: 99 STS head gasket repair [ in car]

    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner409 View Post
    Nice work. Keep up with the pics and text and we'll make your work permanent in Tech Tips.

    You may run out of picture storage room - resize them all to less than 800 X 800. (I see that some are already below that size .......)
    That's quite the compliment coming from you Submariner. Thank you. I'll try to edit the other pics soon.

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    Re: 99 STS head gasket repair [ in car]

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    I'm not sure why this happened. The top of one insert came back out on the tool. The other 19 seated perfectly.

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