Thanks for the advice and encouragement everyone! After leveling my head, I decided to attempt the engine pull. I'm still not really sure how I'm going to go about it, but I think I just barely have enough room between the ram and fender to set the hoist up on the side of the car. That will have to wait though.... My two year old cylinder decided to leak all it's fluid out since the last time I used it.
I couldn't get the main nut off, and I don't think think there's a reseal kit for these Harbor Freight units anyway. I bought a more expensive cylinder online and moved on to other stuff. I didn't really want to jump right into the pull anyway. I needed to make some actual progress instead of more disassembly.
For instance, the blast cabinet could finally be completed! I got the dust deputy and a couple buckets of media for Christmas.
I am super happy with how it turned out. One other modification I did that I think I failed to show you was the addition of a finer grate. I metal zip tied some garden mesh I had sitting around to the bottom. Now I can blast bolts and stuff without worrying about dropping them into the hopper.
Beyond that, everything worked super well. I can see clearly, the cabinet doesn't leak, the feed doesn't clog or run empty, and the whole thing should be very serviceable. My first victim was the BGC downpipe elbow.
After about 5 minutes of work, I had this. My compressor actually does a lot better than expected too!
I could still use a bigger compressor, but it did fine for this small part. I definitely need to install a water separator too.
That was good win, but I wanted more. After doing a little work on my daily driver, I started prettying up the removed cylinder head.
Once that was dryish, I moved on to some unfinished business.
Of course this is not news to most of the folks here, but I was dumbfounded when I learned that these engines don't have exhaust stem seals! How goofy! While I was happy to get to this point, I think I'm pulling all the valves out again. I didn't really think about how the was head already off, so I might as well have cleaned and lapped the valves. They're looking pretty gross. I'll work on that tomorrow.