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Old 04-10-2020, 07:52 AM   #1
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I would like to make the steel plate cylinder head removal tool that was described sometime back on Ford Barn. I have a scrap piece of 1/4 in. plate, would this be thick enough to do the job? Thank you, Ed
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Old 04-10-2020, 08:09 AM   #2
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What would also be great to have is a diagram showing the exact position/location of the holes that you can print out and place on the metal plate for drilling.
I have my head off right now and have pulled on the studs, this may be a good time to do something like that...do you think?
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Old 04-10-2020, 10:50 AM   #3
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I don't think that 1/4" plate is strong enough, 1/2" maybe.
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Old 04-10-2020, 11:42 AM   #4
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0.25" thick cold rolled steel is more than adequate for an engine hoisting tool. What will determine the strength of your homemade tool is its design (shape and hole placements). Be conservative. Keep all holes 2 diameters away from any edge. Space holes no closer than 4 diameters. Keep hole diameters no larger than necessary. Make the vertical height of the tool 4 inches or more. Make the length to span all 4 spark plug holes. Avoid making any angle bends.
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Old 04-10-2020, 12:06 PM   #5
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I made one last year. Very easy to do. I used 1/2 inch plate. The easy way to do it is if you have an old head you can mark the holes easily. Then just an assortment of nuts and bolts and two spark plug bases and your all set. Works like a charm.
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0.25" thick cold rolled steel is more than adequate for an engine hoisting tool. What will determine the strength of your homemade tool is its design (shape and hole placements). Be conservative. Keep all holes 2 diameters away from any edge. Space holes no closer than 4 diameters. Keep hole diameters no larger than necessary. Make the vertical height of the tool 4 inches or more. Make the length to span all 4 spark plug holes. Avoid making any angle bends.
As his heading stated, he wants to remove the head, not the engine. I agree with katy on the 1/2" not a 1/4" thick. Which studs you push off of is important. The sparkplug holes being off center doesn't help a lot. This is the puller I like: https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...ht=head+puller
I've used the Stipe version sold by many dealers and it cocked the head and jammed against the studs. This one could tilt too but is sturdier.

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Old 04-10-2020, 07:31 PM   #7
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How about welding a couple of ribs on top of the plate
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Old 04-10-2020, 07:38 PM   #8
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Here is my improvised engine/head puller from angle. I just laid a pice of cardboard over oily spark plug holes to locate them.
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David R is right on. This is an excellent approach. Problem solved and is simple to make.
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Old 04-11-2020, 09:21 AM   #10
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David R is right on. This is an excellent approach. Problem solved and is simple to make.
Solved if the head is not tightly stuck. Otherwise you need a head puller that pushes against head studs. The last one I needed to pull, I used a similar one and it lifted the front of the Model A! Rope in the cylinders didn't work either nor did compression. Pushing off the studs and then helped by gently tapping wood wedges on the cylinder side to level the head finally got it off.
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Here is my improvised engine/head puller from angle. I just laid a pice of cardboard over oily spark plug holes to locate them.
Nice, but as mentioned, this thread is about pulling the head, not the engine.
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Old 04-11-2020, 07:50 PM   #12
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I had a time getting head off after engine was out. Took several days. Lots of penetrating oil. Driving hardwood wedges around perimeter. Would have been even harder in the truck.
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Old 04-12-2020, 03:12 PM   #13
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Dad made one. Instructions somewhere in here

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...harlton&page=2
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Dad made one. Instructions somewhere in here

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...harlton&page=2
There you go! That’s what I needed
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Dad made one. Instructions somewhere in here

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Same principle as link in Post #6.
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