Originally Posted by jjstandardz
Also what else should I do/replace when pulling the heads and gaskets besides getting them resurfaced? Is haynes or chiltons better, or should I try to find a ford service manual? (Dont really know where to look)
Thanks for any input I really appreciate it!
Replace any seals you can while you have it apart just because. Also spend the $40 it costs to get the OTC alignment tools. When setting it back in time loosen the cams and set them to the proper place using the cam alignment tool. Then set the crank using the crank alignment tool. Retighten the D/S cam since it is the rear chain. You do this so you don't bend any valves when moving the engine with it out of time. Line up the marks with the colored links. Install the tensioners and give the cam an easy turn counter clockwise to tighten the chain. Ensure the chain doesn't skip a tooth. Repeat the process on the P/S and you're done timing it. Turn the engine by hand slowly to make sure it doesn't bind.
It is literally that easy. Be sure to properly torque all the bolts (cam and head). To re-install the tensioners you will need some small picks. If you can do heads you will see how they work. Compress them and use a pick to hold the ratcheting mechanism in place.
I don't think you need head gaskets, but hey now you know how to do them.