Engine Building Fundamentals: Head Stand
- If you're planning to do any work on a cylinder head, then I'd strongly recommend that you invest in a head stand fixture.
These fixtures locate the cylinder head and make it easy to position a head on a workbench while still being able to access both sides of the head.
This makes stripping, cleaning and reassembling the cylinder head incredibly easy and also it helps prevent the possibility of damage to the deck surface of the head that can occur if you're resting the head on a workbench.
There are a variety of head fixtures available, but the one I personally use consists of a couple of simple steel spikes that can be located into the head bolt holes of the cylinder head.
These are cheap, simple to use and very effective.