I have the retractable claw and tried it. Failed. I also tried another magnet. Failed as well. I think removing the head is my last option.I have a retractable claw on a 18" springy shaft... you push the button and the three fingers come out, let off and they close around the object. I think I'd be looking for something like that. Mine was from a Sears Craftsman set. Not sure where you'd buy it... auto parts store? You might also try a magnet fixed professionally to a stick, and pull it out.
You do sound ready parts-wise to do the engine work, but, you've got more research to do. I'm pretty sure you'll find all you need on this site if that's the way you decide to go.
Yeah I tried a very small pair of right angle pliers and had no luck. All your answers are exactly what I needed. Much appreciated. I most likely plan to unthread all the studs to make it easier to remove the head and yes I do plan on leaving the engine in the supra. Much less work that way. Will keep you guys updated as I go along. I already have the valve covers off. Valve cover gaskets looks fairly new.Try some small/long right angle pliers to try and grab the magnet.
1. Maybe if it's a MLS gasket, otherwise no.
2. No, should be able to leave them.
3. If I remember right they are a 14 mm 12 point socket. Use a thin wall socket 1/2 size.
4. Yes they can be reused. Look up the torque spec on ARP site for re torquing with their moly grease or with motor oil. The torque specs are different.
5. Just follow the TSRM.
Tip- if you are leaving the engine in the car, unthread the back 2 head studs from the block. You aren't going to be able to remove or install the head easily if the back 2 are pre-installed.
The real issue is the magnet is on the head inside the cylinder. Cant really get many tools to flex that way. Tried retrieving it with another magnet but the magnet really doesnt want to let go of the valve.Summit Racing has quite a few retrieval tools, with and without magnets. I'd probably try a couple of different ones first.
I will try that. I know there are a few engineers on here. Good question is how to demagnetize a magnet temporarily so it can fall off the valves then I can use one of the retrieval magnets I bought to retrieve it?use a coat hanger with an L bent into the end. insert it, and spin it vertically, maybe you can knock the magnet off of the valve?
I had to go to ACE hardware just for that type of Craftsman socket when I did mine. I do not recall Home Depot having a individual sockets for sale especially the 12 point 14mm style but Lowes carries Craftsman now and might have it. If you are lucky and have a Sears near by then they will have it as well. Just like Piratetip said make sure it is a thin wall because it is a super tight fit against the cylinder head.Any recommendations on a 12 point thin wall deep 14 mm socket that I can buy to perform this head removal? I realized I don't have one and autozone near my house dont have them. Not wanting to pay a ridiculous amount on one but one reliable to use for years to come.
OMG that sounds like a good plan. I think you have a point, try to get the magnet to fall off without taking the head off. I did discover that there is oil leaking into cylinder one though. Now here is my dilemma, I'm certain that the valve seals are leaking. Not 100% sure but certain it's that as when I bought the supra there was a new set of valve seal in the car and on top of that the smoke out the exhaust only happens at idle if I remember right. Should I remove the head and have the valve seal changed or should I remove the magnet without removing the head and solve the oil leak into cylinder one later? What king of damaged should I expect if I continue to drive in this condition? Oh and I did find the socket at oriellys.One creative example off the top of my head:
Use a toggle bolt or toggle anchor to go through the spark plug hole and rotate 90 degrees.
Knock the magnet off or get it to stick to the metal toggle.
Use a thin tool (dental pick) to rotate the toggle back vertical and pull it back out.
This style seems best suited imo.