Thursday night I got the turbo and passenger side exhaust manifold out. The 4 turbo nuts were froze even though I used good antisieze when I did the PT51 upgrade in 2003. All it took was 15-20 seconds of an easy propane torch to each nut and I was able to get them with a 14mm open-ended stubby on the nut and a pipe on the stubby, and strike it with a mallet.
The crossover is real easy to get out when you have this much stuff removed:
When I pulled the exhaust manifolds, each side had 1 or 2 bolts/studs that were really tough to turn (due to manifold "stretch"), and it rounded the threads and made them all shiny.. Is there any way to prevent this? Where can I get new bolts/studs?
Here's about half of the parts that came out so far.
Saturday (yesterday) I got the stock steering shaft out (upgrading to MYyellowTY's Jeep/u-joint shaft) and then removed the driver's exhaust manifold. Now it's down to just the heads!! Things are looking up now, like I might still get this done in time for Nationals 2007.
Here's a good look at the stock heat shield on the driver's motor mount:
The bottom of the driver's exhaust manifold literally rests upon the heat shield, it's no wonder why nearly every time I see a truck with the red polyurethane motor mounts, they are dripping like melted candle wax!! I will NEVER put those polyurethane mounts in my truck, that's for sure!!