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hey all i'm new here and have a question i'm changing my head gasket because my 94 325is keeps overheating i'm about to remove the vanos then cams then head but i'm working in my driveway and wanted to know if it would be a bad idea to remove the head(to get machined) and keep the block in the car and prep it while outside??also would it be bad to have a mls h/g while n/a until next summer??
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hey all i'm new here and have a question i'm changing my head gasket because my 94 325is keeps overheating i'm about to remove the vanos then cams then head but i'm working in my driveway and wanted to know if it would be a bad idea to remove the head(to get machined) and keep the block in the car and prep it while outside??also would it be bad to have a mls h/g while n/a until next summer??
It should not be a problem to keep the block in the car and get the head machined. In fact I think most people do it this way. Be sure to keep the hood closed and try your best to keep debris or moisture from getting inside the cylinders.

Now seems like a good time to go for a MLS and some ARP studs if you are planning for boost in the future.

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Drain the coolant as soon as possible.

Coolant from cracked head can accumulate in the cylinders.

Once the head is removed I would put some ATF in a spray bottle and spray ATF on the cylinder walls and pistons.

ATF will help protect the parts from corrosion and other contaminates.

Put some Plastic file (Saran Wrap) on the top of the cylinder and use bungee cords or tape to 'seal' the block the best you can (this will help keep humidity and moisture out).

Before reassembly, spray more ATF on the cylinders and such. When you first start the car, it will smoke but the ATF will burn off pretty quick and will not hurt your rings/cylinders.

Change your oil once you get it all buttoned up after the first startup .
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