Glad to hear it came loose without too much difficulty. As it turned out, one of the pluses to the tool I made was that it made a great handle for lifting the head off. I used some pine blocks to chock it up part way and then could rest my elbow on the brake booster and lift from there. I took mine out carbs still attached. As for tips, like Giorgio said, definitely chase the stud and nut threads. Also, I found Goof Off to be great at softening old gasket material on the block which I then removed with a razor and blocked smooth with emery paper. The only 'Oh Crap' moment I had was fortunately when I was getting ready to take the head off. I had been dutifully covering the timing chain hole with a towel to prevent things falling in there, but then I went and fumbled one of the rear cam journal nuts and it went right down one of the rear oil drains in the head. Thankfully, with the head off I could retrieve it with a telescopic magnet. Now I always fold up paper towel and stuff those two holes.
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