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Studdin’: The Cab-On Head Gasket Fix For 6.0L Power Strokes

Studdin’

Mike McGlothlinPhotographer, Writer

Head gasket repair is big business in the 6.0L Power Stroke segment. Whether the Super Duty its powering is straddled with GCWR-crushing loads everyday or has been modified via a programmer, winding up with a blown head gasket is pretty much a foregone conclusion. The dilemma for 6.0L owners is that the tight packaging of the engine within the ’03-’07 Fords isn’t exactly ideal for technicians to work on. This makes the job of replacing the head gaskets a laborious endeavor to say the least. For ultimate working space, the process of pulling the cab quickly became the preferred method of performing a head gasket job on a 6.0L, and to this day 9 out of 10 techs do things this way. But we’ve got news for you: You don’t have to pull the cab to work on this engine. And no, it doesn’t take any longer to perform the job with the cab in place.

The folks at Flynn’s Shop believe a lot of time is wasted while carrying out all the odds and ends associated with separating the cab from the frame on the ’03-’07 trucks. Between evacuating the A/C system (and recharging it later), deciding what goes up with the cab versus what stays on the ground, and fighting corroded cab mounts and rusted cab mount bolts, they’d rather just dig in under the hood. And no, they don’t pull the engine.

We recently stopped by Flynn’s facility in Alexander, Illinois, to watch the two-day operation unfold on a ’04 F-250. Throughout the teardown, prep, and reinstallation processes, we were privy to the tips and tricks they have picked up on over the years. If the techniques, parts, and workmanship illustrated in this article are put to use on your 6.0L, you can rest assured it will never blow another head gasket.