vortec adventures... should\'ve bought a TBI truck!
Well, I'm not sure if I can get outta this one very easily. It seems that to remove the divers' side cover, you need to remove the AC compressor and bracket - that all fine and dandy; So I go to work removing FIPKit, pulling 7 electrical connections, a few hoses, & the compressor. All that uncovers one painful fact: One of the AC bracketsí mounting bolts is conveniently located behind the power steering pulley. In tying to avoid removing the bracket, I unbolted the valve cover to see if I can work it up and out - no go. Not to mention that one of the bolts I pulled from the valve cover had a couple stringy metal shavings on it. All of the bolts were all REAL dirty too (oil, residue, crud).
Soooooooo, I'm look for some help - If I manage to remove the bracket, is it safe to reinstall it with that one bolt tightened "good'n'tight", as opposed to torqued to spec? If not, should I put the valve cover back on, even though the factory gasket can't be inspected and/or re-seated on the head or in the valve cover?? Any other ideas? Is there such a thing as a door-to-door mechanic?!?
I'm glad I don't have anywhere important to be today, but that won't last to long, and I only have 4.5-5.5 more hours of light. Any help is appreciated.