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    Default Ideas for pulling a stuck head?

    So this isn't exactly a tractor but, the International DT 360A was used in a lot of tractors and it's in my dump truck that I load with my tractor so, it's close...

    I bought the dump truck in Dec and it ran great but, it appears that the previous owner didn't maintain the coolant system properly and we've got at least 1 perforated liner so I'm doing an in frame overhaul. I'm down to the head and have all the bolts out but, I can't get it to budge. I've always been able to break a head loose with a couple of sharp blows to the corners but, this is the first time I've worked on something this big or this old. It's a 1989 and there's no telling if it's ever been removed.

    I know I can hammer a wedge or something in to start prying it apart but, I'd like to avoid that if I can do I don't risk doing damage to the head or, worse, the block. Does anybody have any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Ideas for pulling a stuck head?

    Try turning over the engine with the starter and see if the compression will pop it loose. You might want to put a few bolts back loosely just in case.

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    Default Re: Ideas for pulling a stuck head?

    I managed to get it off this morning by getting a lever and fulcrum under a corner and putting some pressure on it. I guess it just needed to think about what was going to happen if it didn't comply to come to it's senses. Or my man muscles needed a night's rest to recharge. Or, I just got lucky.

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    Default Re: Ideas for pulling a stuck head?

    We never had to take heads off in the old days.

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    Default Re: Ideas for pulling a stuck head?

    I hope it is a liner. Last time I had to replace a block because it had eroded between the sleeve and block.

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    Default Re: Ideas for pulling a stuck head?

    Man, that sucks. If I find problems worth the block, I'll yank the whole thing and find a DT466 to put in it's place. The DT360A is a good motor but, the 466 is better and if it's all got to come out anyway, might as well go back with the more reliable of the two. It's a lot easier to find parts for the 466 as well.

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    Default Re: Ideas for pulling a stuck head?

    Quote Originally Posted by STx View Post
    I managed to get it off this morning by getting a lever and fulcrum under a corner and putting some pressure on it. I guess it just needed to think about what was going to happen if it didn't comply to come to it's senses. Or my man muscles needed a night's rest to recharge. Or, I just got lucky.
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