Well guys, yesteray we attacked the beast again, only to come home beaten once more. I swear, Alfa Romeo pays an engineer specifically to sit around all day dreaming up ways to make working on the GTV as difficult as possible!!
We are trying to get the frontmost head out of the car without removing the engine. Every car i have ever worked on has a way to take out the head from above. That said, this is the first "V" engine iv'e tinkered with. Anyway, seeing as the engines in V, the heads dont just come up, they come forward aswell, and given the limited space in the engine bay, and the sharp angle, the task is proving daunting.
We loosened the head and tried lifting it out, no good, it rubbed off the front bonnet support on the left hand side, as can be seen in the pictures, we then decided to cut a bit out of the metal, (Dont worry, we will be welding it back up again!) Still no good, we got it up a bit higher, but its still rubbing. We had to remove both radiators as the manifold touched them on the way out, While i understand that the sensible thing to do would be to remove the manifold first, Unfortunately i dont have hands the size of a smurfs, and i am not a contortionist. It was impossible to get any type of tool in there.
I will ask again if anyone has removed the heads from a V6 GTV engine WITHOUT removing it from the car? There must be an easier way than this. We have spent about 10 hours on the engine to date, and still dont have one of the heads out!