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1990 E350 460 Head Removal

06-19-2007, 08:45 PM

I have a 1990 E350 with a 460 7.5L. I think I've lost a head gasket - I'm blowing allot of white smoke out of the exhaust as all speeds and the engine will barely idle. My kids think it's a fog machine :frown:

Has anyone attempted to pull both cylinder heads while still in the van (actually it's a Class C motor home built on a Ford E350 chassis)?

I looks really tight and even if I can get the head out I'm sure if I'll be able to torque the new heads properly.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


07-21-2007, 08:24 AM
Here is an update

I posted this message to two forums and received no replies. So I still don't know if it is possible to remove the heads while leaving the engine in place.

I did have one shop quote $2000.00 to pull the heads, rebuild and reinstall. They said they were going to TRY to do this without removing the engine. I did not have much confidence in the final result after speaking with them.

I decided to bite the bullet and go with a Ford remanufactured engine. They offered a 3 year - 75,000 mile warranty on parts AND labor.

The cost right around $6,000.00. I also decided to replace a couple of parts (ex. alternator) now since they would be a pain to replace when the engine is back in place.

I priced a Jasper remanufactured engine with a local shop doing the work. Surprisingly the price was the same. However, the warranty on parts was 3 years - 75,000 miles but they would only offer 1 year on the labor.

Years ago I would have attempted to do the engine myself. But I'm too busy with work, I live in a community with a home owners association and the place where I keep the motor home will not allow me to do this type work.

I hope to have the motor home back Tuesday or Wednesday of this week (July 24th or 25th).

If you're interested, send an email and I'll give you an update and the "out the door" price.

Good luck,


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