Finally a bit of 'progress' this eve, but it was a bit of a hard fight still.
First time I've had or used cobalt drills - won't be the last. Even at this stage I had to use the impact gun to twist off the last of it.
So - the (one) cylinder head is off. Ta da!
Obviously enough, I had no idea what to expect, but it all looks fine to me!
LH # 4 cylinder is maybe the 'grubbiest'
Followed by its neighbour - LH # 3
and the block/bores themselves.
It's hard to photo, but there are still faint hatching marks on these bores. Though a couple of faint vertical lines too.
The gasket is showing no sign of leakage, and is actually a genuine LR Elring - it has LR and the part number stamped on it. I don't know where all the muck on the front of the engine was coming from, maybe the valley gasket, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't the head gasket.
And, not quite 'best of all' but when I went to the remains of that awkward head bolt - the bloody thing just came off in my fingers! Aargh. But what a joy that I don't have to fight with it to take it out.
So if anyone spots anything in the pics that I haven't seen, please let me know.
Now, the numpty questions (there's always numpty questions)
1) How do I turn the crank to move the pistons? Or, what's really concerning me I suppose, can you move the engine with the transmission in Park....
2) Is it actually possible to remove/refit the camshaft with the engine in the car, and without removing the A/C condenser? I've measured the cam, roughly 51cm. The space between the block and the condenser, roughly 41cm. But perhaps the shaft angles when it comes out? There's no mention of this in the overhaul manual, but perhaps that assumes the engine is out and on the bench...