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How bad is Heads + Cam instal??

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    How bad is Heads + Cam instal??

    I started with the basic bolt ons, but thinking about heads and cam. How bad is the instal?

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    In your own garage, without having done it before....

    A weekend at least.

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    I did cam during the winter, cuz then no rush to get it completed. Spent 3 weeks about 10 hours a week. I would say if you have the tools and some skill, it's not tough, you just want to take your time.

    Doing heads and cam at same time would be smart though... if you can afford both.
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    You can do the work if you have the tools. Just read up on it really well so you don't miss anything. Also, it will be a lot easier if you can pull the whole engine to do it. A pain in the butt, I know, but easier for sure...

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    just like they said, "depends on your mechanic skills, time, and tools available". personally i'd have a pro do it.

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    go to www.lsthowto.com and look at the write up there on the heads/cam install. That'll give you an idea of what you have to do. It's a pretty accurate write up to.

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    Most people pull the engine for the install? I have the tools, lift etc.., but I think im def going to do my homework first.
    Last edited by WS6ICK2K; 08-15-2008 at 10:12 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00WS6BlueMetallic View Post
    Most people pull the engine for the install? I have the tools, lift etc.., but I think im def going to do my homework first.
    no... just the radiator... and of course the other necessary parts... headers might be a pita if you can't jack your car up high enough... so do the headers while the heads are off...

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    If I had a lift...
    I would pull the motor for a head install.

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    With a lift pull the motor for sure.You should be able to get it out in a couple of hours, then its a piece of cake.
    And you wont have to fight will anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    If I had a lift...
    I would pull the motor for a head install.
    I agree with you there, time to start saving up for heads and cam. Sounds like a good winter project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    If I had a lift...
    I would pull the motor for a head install.
    Quote Originally Posted by 99transamC/FIA View Post
    With a lift pull the motor for sure.You should be able to get it out in a couple of hours, then its a piece of cake.
    And you wont have to fight will anything.
    I have access to a lift...is there a write up or checklist on what needs to be disconnected to drop the motor out of the bottom of the car on the front frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    I have access to a lift...is there a write up or checklist on what needs to be disconnected to drop the motor out of the bottom of the car on the front frame?
    You can do it this way...
    http://www.keliente.com/engine.htm


    Main difference for me was that I disconnected the sensors at the motor, rather than disconnect the whole harness.

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    That a good write up. Should get you what you need.Its is really pretty easy to do, just take your time.
    Dont forget to clean up the engine bay while you are in there.

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    Thanks guys, that what I plan to do.

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    Thats a great write up, I will definetly use that when i do my swap

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    what kinda set up r u going with . by the way autozone has a book on how to ls1 and vetts good luck

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    [QUOTE=camaross19973;1682856]what kinda set up r u going with . by the way autozone has a book on how to ls1 and vetts good luck[/QUOTE

    I would like to do the Trick Flow setup, since they lay down the best numbers. Workin on coming up with the money.

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    [QUOTE=WS6ICK2K;1682900]
    Quote Originally Posted by camaross19973 View Post
    what kinda set up r u going with . by the way autozone has a book on how to ls1 and vetts good luck[/QUOTE

    I would like to do the Trick Flow setup, since they lay down the best numbers. Workin on coming up with the money.
    sorry for asking but what is it going to run u ur set up

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