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Old September 5th, 2013, 08:53 AM   #1
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Long story short... I have a '94 FJ80 with a leaking head gasket. I am mildly mechanical, I've done headers, water pumps, radiators, etc... But this is a bit over my comfort level. I have all of the parts. I have a garage with a decent amount of tools including a compressor and impacts. I have also purchased a very specific head gasket DVD made just for the vehicle made by the ih8mud.com guys.

I'm looking for somebody certified and experienced to help me out. I'm not avoiding the dealer or local mechanic because I'm cheap. I want to do this at home and I want to learn... But I don't want to F it up.

PM me for more details. I have another car to drive, so it's not urgent, but I would like to get to it this month.

PS, this would have to be a weekend gig... I work afternoons and watch my kids during the day
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Old September 5th, 2013, 11:39 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure the whole thing is ruined except the axle balls and knuckles. Cut them off with a torch or band saw, and send them to me.
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Might as well just send you the complete axles... factory lockers and all
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Old September 5th, 2013, 11:59 AM   #4
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Sweet... Send them this way...
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Old September 5th, 2013, 12:04 PM   #5
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Oh look it's the "I might stop by but never do" guy....
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F'ing things up is the best way to learn to not make mistakes.

Pop in the DVD and get wrenchin!
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F'ing things up is the best way to learn to not make mistakes.

Pop in the DVD and get wrenchin!
x2 and when you have to spend more money to fix the mistake you will not make that same mistake again.
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Old September 5th, 2013, 12:25 PM   #8
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Might as well just send you the complete axles... factory lockers and all
I wasn't going to be greedy, but ok, you've talked me into it.
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Do you own a wrench anymore?
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I have a 10mo old and a 2 year old. I watch them from 6am-3:55pm. I see my wife for 5 minutes and then I work from 4:30pm-12:30am. I get home at 1am and go to bed for 4-5 hours. Rinse and repeat. Lately my wife has been getting stuck working Saturdays and Sundays as well.. So my free time is almost nill. My 25 minute commute is literally the only time my brain has to relax...

I don't want to be chasing issues weekend after precious weekend. Would rather have somebody here, pay them, and make sure we get it right the first time.
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Yea... I just work on things that float now.
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I did the head on my F150 when I was 17 with minimal help from my dad, I had roughly the same amount of wrenching experience as you. they are easy to do, just time consuming.
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Long story short... I have a '94 FJ80 with a leaking head gasket.
If you lived on my side of the planet.. you really need to move back to the east side! But really, it's just a bunch of bolts; it's easier than you think. Consider having the head done or at least checked while it's off though in case it warped.
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If you lived on my side of the planet.. you really need to move back to the east side! But really, it's just a bunch of bolts; it's easier than you think. Consider having the head done or at least checked while it's off though in case it warped.
Come out for a Saturday of wrenching fun! And yes, I plan on having the head decked while it's off...
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The only real trick is torquing the head down. Rest should be simple. Unless you do not have a torque wrench.....
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