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My mechanical domain has not stretched beyond shotgunning parts or completed assemblies. So, i'm okay pulling a pump and putting another one on, but I've never dismantled a pump. Or cracked open a head, or any deep engine guts. Or whole engine removal.

on CL, i'm seeing so many subaru opportunities with great bodies and good feature packages that all likely have HG problems that weren't addressed, the previous owner path just led them to a newer car.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/d/subaru-outback-2005/6632112353.html
https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/d/mechanical-special-2006/6615975744.html
https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/d/2006-subaru-legacy-gt/6615469911.html

thats just in a week. and of course, both my wagons are showing signs, the h6 is actually spilling coolant now.

I mentioned jokingly to Trail in another thread that I might become a HG specialist at this rate. Now I'm seriously considering it, but I've never even completed an engine pull/swap as an untrained schlob.

I'm wondering if this is just Sisyphean level of repair work for most DIY types. (I don't have a hoist or a stand at this point.) Or is this something that can be done reliably, and gotten better/faster at independently with repetition?
 

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My 18yr old son took his engine out of his 03 Forester using a borrowed engine hoist and changed the HGs on the floor in the garage. If you do the HGs the issue is how often it was overheated, some of them have a 7mm oil pump and often after changing the HGs you get rod knock. Best to make sure the engine has not been overheated repeatedly and you put on a 9 or 10mm oil pump.
 

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your 18 yo likely had an abundance of two things that I will lack:

Time, and lack of urgency to be anywhere. :p

I jest, but thats a real factor here too. I'll only be able to work in a very time-restrictive environment with what hours of the day I can be active.
 

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If you are a shade tree mechanic, you can do it. The unplanned will require more time. Removing all the fasteners from the exhaust manifold, and engine mounts, can be a 30 min job, or a lot longer. Freeing the rusted fasteners, hopefully not snaping an exhaust stud. Once all the mounting hardware is free, follow the FSM. If the heads need machine shop work, that will add time. If the heads are in spec, you can do it in 3 days.

Look for an engine hoist on craigslist, and sell it after your done.
 
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