So, I have finally got the head off. Not as big a deal as I expected (however, haven't tried to put it back together yet! below are some pics, I notice some corrosion around #6, wanted some opinions on if this is what would have caused my problems. any thoughts or advice? thanks Update: update: got my head checked out by a machine guy (opened the trunk and he immediately said "landcruiser, those SOB's are heavy) However, this gave me a great deal of hope. He checked it out and there was considerable inconsistancies in the head. He cut it (not grinded) and it's smooth now. Gonna put the head back on, need only the heat shields (risers?) as mine were cracked and broken when I took apart the manifolds. Questions: can you put the manifolds on before you install the head? (Oh yeah, did get the FSM's) jus tthought I'd check here to see if there was a trick. Mudrak has given me some great advice--thanks for your time on the phone! Other question: can someone explain to me what the heat sheild does? and do I double gasket the manifolds. on the SOR site I swear they had one above the heat riser and one below. But when I took off the manifolds I only had a couple of broken gaskets (actually, just checked my pics and below is what I had- I would love some help here! thanks once again!