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Join Date: Dec 2008
no mate, dont use a screwdriver.
Basically you are going the wrong way with it !
First of all, you shouldnt have removed the head covers to begin with.
Those that fell off are your tappets, and from the picture I can see that one of them is dented ? So thats a problem you need to attend to if thats the case.
Sinse you chose to remove the heads while engine still on the car, this is the list of things you need to do:
1- Drain the oil from the engine from the oil pan bolt
2- Drain the coolant from the engine from under the block - There are 3 number 17 bolts on each side, under the cilinders on the block. On one the right side the first and third bolt hold the side engine mount in place. You should remove the middle one on that side and the corresponding on the other side so that the coolant will drain out of the engine.
3- Remove the exhaust manifolds
4- undo whatever is on the top that holds either your carbs or throttle bodies on the bolt or with each other so that the heads can come off ( check to remove intake plenum, fuel lines, vacuum lines, spark leads, servo vacuum on one of the heads etc )
5- Remove the number 10 bolts ( one on each side ) that hold the black metal timing housing on the block on the lower end ( those can be a bit tricky to remove, you need to be a bit patient with them ), and then the number 13 bolts - one on each side, that hold the same housings on the top of the block ( bolts are next to the alternator mounting bolts - one on each side.
6- there are 3 number 19 bolts on top and 3 on the bottom of each head ( with the covers and cams that you removed still on ). So this is a total of 6 bolts per head.
As soon as you undo those, you can nudge the heads off the car.
The bolts are long and they might hit the side of the engine bay if you try and remove them completely, so dont worry about it, as long as they are undone.
Heads are now off !
To dismantle the heads, undo the bolts that you did previously ( which caused your tappets to fall out ) and then you need to go about removing the valves , unless you will have those done.
Let me know what you decide from there on, if you want to do them yourself, have in mind that taking them apart is easier than puting them back in, and special tools are required.
Hope this helps