Re: 3.0 head replacement
I have replaced heads on the 3.0L and it was kind of a pain because of all the stuff hooked on to them and a full engine compartment. The best deal on heads I found was from Schucks/O'Riely/Kragen at a local store. It has been a couple of years since I did this so you might double check the price. Cost $208 with exchange. The heads came with new valves, seats, springs, and seals. They had been surface ground to help insure a uniform fit. This is a straight forward, nothing special application repair. The last one I did went 40k without a problem before I sold the truck. The inch pound torque wrench is necessary and you will need the pound torque wrench for the head bolts. IMPORTANT! Get new head bolts! These bolts are a one time use only. They are what is called "torque to yield." One thing that I had to do was use exhaust header gaskets. Stock was without gaskets and mating with different heads wanted to leak some. Another thing while you are there check for wear on the cam follower gear. They tend to wear unevenly on the 3.0 for some reason and many an engine lost there cookies when this gear strips and the oil pump no longer turns and loses all oil pressure.