06-10-2016, 08:49 AM
Join Date: Jun 2016
timing belt and head gasket replacement in sj413: idiot-proof guide?
Greetings, fellow Zook enthusiasts.
I was told to seek help here, from the zook enthusiasts of Reddit.
Anyway, so here´s the problem.
I´ve got this ´86 Suzuki sj413 (Fox) hightop, nicknamed "the cowshed" that needs an acute replacement of a head-gasket (I can see oil leak all around the head and under it) and to change the timing belt (will probs replace the water pump while I´m at it).
Now, the problem lies here: I´m a human mechanic (emergency specialist RN), not a car mechanic, and have minimal knowledge/skills in car repairs. Bought the zook mainly to learn how to do minor/semi-major repairs on a simple car - and also it´s the ultimate offroad beast in the Icelandic wilderness. I have all the right tools and spare parts at hand.
My brother, a trawler captain and zook enthusiast tells me this is not a technically difficult task, even for a man of my skillset, but unfortunately he´s not around to help, since he battles the North Atlantic waters in search for fresh fish to be brought to international markets. However, I´d love to have a step-by-step guide on how to do these things, what I should expect during the process, and what I should NOT do, in order to not totally fuck up my dear old Cowshed.
Does anyone know of such a guide, or could write/talk me through this process? I really want to get it road-safe (heading on a trip in the western fjords in early august and have to have it in road-reliable condition before that. Also, I´m not paying a price equivalent to the car to have it done in a workshop. I´ve got the sj413 manual at hand, but that doesn´t give me any know-how.
Anyway, thanks in advance for the help. Any guide, video or just words of wisdom will be most well appreciated.
Cheers from Iceland