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Old 03-24-2014, 08:38 AM   #1
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Default Help me get my 1997 Cobra back on the road - Intake Manifold Gasket

In Illinois my car will not pass emissions and the culprit is the lower intake manifold gasket. I have completed this repair on a number of engines, I am not sure why the 4.6 DOHC is scaring me as much as it does. I started last fall, and have the upper intake off and am at the point that I need some direction. I have the full shop manual and there is not much for the DOHC lower removal. The best I have found in on AutoZone's site if you can believe it...
1) Do any of the front accessories need to come off? I have remove a bunch of serpentine belts and this one just does not want to move (tensioner)
2) Fuel Rails, do the need to come off?
3) Intake Manifold Runners -is there any electrical connection in this piece?
4) Any tips on this would be great, I can start posting pictures of my progress.

Please, no guesses...I need solid DOHC advice....also, leave any negative comments at the door, I am pretty experienced person and have rebuilt a number of engines, this is just a new one for me.

Appreciation to all that can help, spring is approaching..and this ragtop needs to be on the road!!!
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:03 PM   #2
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Fuel rails will have to come off, have a rag handy and release pressure with the schrader valve first.

The connection to the imrc's looks like this
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Old 03-24-2014, 04:54 PM   #3
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Default i will post some photos of status

Hopefully this forum will be able to guide me through this repair!
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