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How to Remove Engine Heads

Step 1

Disconnect the battery!

Step2

Remove the air intake assembly that is connected to the carburetor or throttle body.

Step3

Remove all linkages, hoses, vacuum lines, and wiring from the carburetor or throttle body.

Step4

Remove the carburetor or throttle body.

Step5

Locate and remove all bolts holding the intake manifold (where the carb was mounted) to the heads and block. Now remove the intake manifold. You may have to pry the manifold up with a flat-head screwdriver to get the gaskets loose.

Step6

Next, remove the valve covers and set them aside. Now loosen the rocker arms enough that you can turn them off of the push rods, and remove the push rods.

Step7

Now you need to remove the exhaust manifolds or headers and also the spark plug wires.

Step8

Locate and remove the head bolts. The type of engine and head will determine how many bolts there are.

Step9

Now you should be able to pry the heads loose.