I was even more concerned when it took a 36" cheater bar and a can of pb blaster to get the head bolt by #3 exhaust out...
but it eventually came out.
as it sits now I'm ready to take the head off everythings removed and ready to go, but the head has told me its not ready to come off yet.
I can literally lift the whole engine connected to the stand by the head with nothing mechanical attaching it to the block...!!!
we'll see, its soaking again tonight, i'll give her another shot tomorrow or thursday.
I would love to use this engine because its from a CA emissions 76 like the cruiser is, but if its not usable its not usable. I just have to think it is based on how easy it turns over....