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Greetings:

I have been studying this thread with interest. With considerable trepidation I will be pulling the head from a 87 IS as there's bubbling gas in the expansion tank, and thus a steady stream of water out the overflow.

I saw one mention of a recommended machine shop in VA, but given the thread dates from 2014, I wonder it's still relevant. Ditto parts sources.

I'm also wondering about special tools needed such as ?VANOS adjuster? -- (Can I rent one somewhere?)

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The machine shop is still there. Didn't realize any of the e30 engines had a vanos? Don't you have a timing belt? Is so then there is no vanos on the car. Only tool I borrowed was the valve spring compressor to remove the valves. If you don't want to do all of that yourself, you can give the shop a complete head and they will return a clean one back to you all ready to install. Cost a little more but I do lots of these things just to learn how and I have a basic rule that if I can do it myself I will..let me know if I can help answer any questions.
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Since I don't yet know what a VANOS is, I don't know if I have one or not. (I saw it mentioned in writeups on the job.)

[This is the biggest car job I've ever tackled alone; last head gasket job was on a Datsun 210 with pushrods.]

Yes, I'd take the intact head to a recommended shop.
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Old 10-15-2017, 03:59 AM
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Vanos is a timing system installed on e36 engines starting about 94. Doubt you have one on yours unless you have a different engine. Plenty of procedures online for the head gasket replacement. Really wasn't that difficult. Take lots of pictures, label things clearly, and don't be in a rush.
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Old 10-15-2017, 04:09 AM
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Just went back through the thread. On the machine shop...I used a shop in the manassas area. They are still there and have used them since. On boost also listed another shop which may be closer to you. One thing I would recommend is to have a second person to help pull the head off and put it back on when ready. It isn't that heavy but given the angle can be a bit difficult. Also make sure the crank shaft is correctly positioned prior to torquing head bolts. Was the one mistake I made.
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Since I don't yet know what a VANOS is, I don't know if I have one or not. (I saw it mentioned in writeups on the job.)

[This is the biggest car job I've ever tackled alone; last head gasket job was on a Datsun 210 with pushrods.]

Yes, I'd take the intact head to a recommended shop.
Really not a big difference in the job, I think simpler since just a timing belt and no pushrods to inspect. TDC before disconnecting and its simpler to get done. Are you planning a valve job? If not, why a machine shop?
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