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This is very good. Answers all those little questions DIY guys ask. The fact that you have carefully documented and presented it as a whole, makes the job look reasonable rather than overwhelming. The blue gloves cover the cuts nicely, and the four letter words do not show in the photo's which make this appear a very reasonable operation rather than some odd Dark-Science that only "professional-mechanics" should undertake. Thanks for this excellent post.
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the ' masterlink' each spacer is put on this way..one on the outside,one in the middle one just under the clip...you have 2 on the outside( front of the motor side) 1 in the middle ,none under the clip.so uncap the valve cover.. and reset the master link.. before somethng goe's wrong

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I think your master link is installed incorrectly. The photo shows two plates on the front and the clip on the back. There should be one plate in front and one plate in the back all held in place with the clip.
OMG! DDS was right!

I removed the cam cover and rotated the engine to find the master link and it was installed incorrectly. Over a 1,000 miles like that.

I corrected the master link assembly and the thread picture above.

Thanks a ton to DDS!

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Now that that's straight, did you get the clip on there with the fish swimming downstream? (open end of the clip toward the intake side)
that's right, pile it on...

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There are few thoughts left out, that those of us that have done this job more than a few times, might change from our own experiences, but overall, this still gets my multi star vote for an excellent discussion. I know Darren agrees, because we like this stuff!


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Oh YES! Eric is right, we like pictures!


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Eric is OBSESSED with pictures doesn't even need to be of cars...

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What a great post. I wish more procedures were documented like this! Thanks for sharing.

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Bravo! A great DIY post
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don't cha just love the smell of the oil burning off a newly heated exhaust manifold after she bangs off on the first crank! nice work
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That was a great post. Great photos and since I haven't done this job yet, It explains a lot.
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Hello Vince,
I am about at the stage to remove the master link and pull the head.

Question......is the removal of the cam shafts necessary? It appears that there is enough room to slide the chain under the cam sprockets as the head is lifted up and off the block.
Am I missing something here?
When the head is complete and rebuilt, it is installed with the cam shafts in place.....so, why remove them?

Surely not questioning your method.....just me being lazy!!!

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Hi Joe,

No you do not need to remove the cam shafts to remove the head.

But, you do need to remove them if you are going to have the head machined, which I did and I believe most people with head gasket leaks have done.

That's a lot of work to get the head off and not make sure that the head is flat. I think I paid $100 to get the head machined, so it wasn't that expensive.

I need 8 thousandths taken off as it was not flat.

I would recommend you have the head looked at for flatness and if you do need to machine the head, the cam shafts and the tensioner pulley will need to be removed so that the head can be flipped and sit flat on the machine.

Hope that helps.

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Vin,
Thanks

I will bring the head to an Alfa guru for a complete rebuild, etc.
I am thinking that I can leave the cams installed and he will set the shims, etc. to original specs.

Thanks for the quick response!


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