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Unread 03-25-2011, 10:11 PM   #1
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So I FINALLY got around to starting to tear all my stuff off after I said I was going to two weeks ago.

I'm swapping out my LS6(243 cast) heads and LS2 intake out for the much better(as in stock out flow ported/polished LS6 heads/LS2 intake) LS3 heads/intake. I still need to get them milled .030" to keep the stock 10.9:1 compression. But they're sitting in my garage ready to be sent off whenever my buddy buys my stuff so I have money to mill and clean them up, lol.

Eventually I'm going to get a cam and a stall and I'm aiming for 475rwhp. I'm a supporting mod first kinda guy. Hence my long tubes and suspension.

Battery and Vararam intake taken off


Coilpacks and Throttle body taken off


Driver side rocker cover


Passenger side rocker cover


Intake Manifold off



Intake runners taped off and valley cover and heads cleaned up


Table of stuff removed(also under it)


Cracked the head off and coolant poured EVERYWHERE and some left in chambers


I was surprised at how clean the heads were. This is the passenger head but the driver head looks identical. 84,400 miles and that is GREAT cleanliness.


Coolant cleaned off and not too much carbon build up.


Gasket residue and carbon all cleaned off.


Driver side bank. Again, not too bad carbon build up.


Gasket residue and carbon removed, all clean.


Pulled the valley cover off to clean the edges off


You can see the honing still there.


These all shocked me. These are the eight passenger side lifters and they all looked damn near BRAND NEW. The driver side were identical. It just amazed me how clean the rollers were.


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Figured I'd throw this in for poops and laughs.

Even my engine gets a blanky.
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Just got my heads back from the machine shop. Milled .030" to a total height of 4.702" to keep the stock 10.9:1 LS2 compression. Pretty shiny, too.


Driver side on


Passenger side on


Rocker covers on


"Stock" lolz


Also... in the span on 5 minutes of putting my battery in for the first time in two weeks, somehow BOTH of my doors locked and both of my keys are sitting in the cup holder because I stashed them in there when my parent's house was getting shown in attempt to sell it. Pretty pissed off about it. 2 weeks of work and waiting to be shattered by 5 minutes of some stupid BS... :rage:
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Twist - you remembered to unplug everything right? lol.
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Clean top end is clean. I wanna see the combustion chambers!
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Twist - you remembered to unplug everything right? lol.
I'm going slow and looking at everything before I randomly start pulling and tearing stuff off.

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Clean top end is clean. I wanna see the combustion chambers!
That was actually after I cleaned it, the one with the masking tape covering the intake runners. The one right above it is dirty as hell. That's a good 84,400 miles before being torn open.
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As I said, clean top end is clean.


If you want to see what a dirty top end looks like I have pictures of my rockers after 265K.
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