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Old 06-14-2012, 09:43 PM
rapidoxidationman rapidoxidationman is offline
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Teton Valley, Idaho
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I cleaned up the engine block deck using a flat piece of steel wrapped in 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper, IIRC. Whatever grit AllData said to use, followed by careful wiping with a lint free cloth. The mechanics in the shop were very clear about how critical it was that the deck be absolutely clean. The passenger side bank did not fall together as sharply as the driver's side did though - it took a bit of work to clamp things together and now I wonder if something didn't get tweaked that held together until a few days ago.

John, given that I'll be reusing the head studs, do you have the instruction sheet available (torque sequences and values) that I might ask you to copy and e-mail? I of course tossed the one that came with the parts, KNOWING I'd not need them again
'85 Mercedes Benz 300D, for when I want to be stately.
'05 Mercedes E320 CDI, for when I want to be even statelier.
'05 Chevy K2500 ext cab long box DMax: Everything my '03 was and so much more!

There's no point being a pessimist - it wouldn't work anyway.
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