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In car head swap

Discussion in '3sge' started by Alexg, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. Alexg

    Alexg Well-Known Member Donated!

    Hey guys,

    So my 3sge is getting there...380k on the clock i believe? its had the big end bearings replaced (they cracked) And it made it much happier.

    However i get a growl from behind the cam gears now (already posted in technical section) And the valve seals are plenty worn (cold start smoke cittyyy!)

    Either way, i have another 3sge laying around and if i could swap the heads in car thatd be pretty swell, i could do the head gasket while im there as its got two bottles of fixer in it atm....

    So can you swap heads in the car? Or is it probably less trouble to remove the entire thing? (i do have access to chain and block if needed) Im just sick of driving a filthy Paseo around while my 162 sits there being sad.

  2. Mafix

    Mafix Owner Staff Member Administrator Donated!

    head swap is easy in the car. I wouldn't bother pulling the motor to do that.
  3. Alexg

    Alexg Well-Known Member Donated!

  4. Alexg

    Alexg Well-Known Member Donated!

    Well this is happening.

    Head turned up the other day, looks mint. 125 bucks later and similar for a gasket set and ill have a 'new' head on my engine!

    Ill be doing this next month. Pics, details ect of the diy head change shall accompany.
  5. CelicaSteve

    CelicaSteve Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderator Donated!

    good luck with this :cool:
  6. Alexg

    Alexg Well-Known Member Donated!


    The head is off, im degreasing the horrendous filth in the throttle body and intake manifold (you can thank your egr for that) then cleaning engine bay and replacing hoses that are so stiff they SNAPPED in half!

    All up with *zero* experience in pulling off a head its taken approx 7 hrs of tinkering, arsing around and cleaning parts. The hoses and the cleaning have taken the longest for sure.

    The reconditioned head is sitting and waiting. Im heading over today and will take some pics of the progress.

    edit: ha, "heading" over....sorry
  7. eNtraxGT88

    eNtraxGT88 Well-Known Member Donated!

    i said in my head "hah heading over", before i read the part where you typed it out too.

    best of luck, i just did the same thing with a tercel, but of course EFI motors is a bit more difficult to do...

    did you get the block's deck resurfaced somehow? or at least checked for warpage?
  8. Alexg

    Alexg Well-Known Member Donated!

    Nope havent checked block for warpage *yet* though im not exactly worried with a cast block.

    Been mad lazy in the "posting photos i said i would" department, the carbon deposits are real, Im blocking the egr or putting in a catch for oil as its ridiculous how filthy it was, though i suppose 26 yrs will do that. But still good lord, a good 1mm of oil covered hard carbon coating everything past the throttle body.

    Its all clean now, just need to clean the engine bay out while i can. I can clearly see where my head gasket blew through on #1 cylinder.

    Shall *actually* post pics / videos this weekend. Ive been taking photos as memory aids as its much easier than lining everything up and trying to remember where it goes again. EFI = lots of hoses an wires but when you get down to it its like a big lego set, just got to do one piece at a time and it all gets there.

    *Also repair manual helps ;)

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