While on the hood latch, I have a nice, not really workaround, but trick from my NNS days, where I had a little desk sign that said "Work smarter, not harder". Pulling the heads on a 460, and I am sure the Diesels are right up there too, can be a real back breaker of a job. First the head bolts on a 460 are 9/16-12 and are torqued to 130 - 140 ft-lbs when assembled, after 20 + years of running they are stuck pretty well, the outer row, 4 of the 5 pass right next to an exhaust port and the oil from assembling the engine gets thoroughly coked from the exhaust heat. I have a very long Advance Auto breaker bar, and an old piece of exhaust pipe to break them loose.
That is only half of the battle, unless you are changing heads, you probably do not want to mess with the exhaust manifold bolts as they will probably break off flush with the head. The next problem comes in getting them off the block and out of the engine compartment. I don't know the exact weight, but it is enough to do serious damage to fingers, hands, toes etc. My workaround was to place a piece of 2X6 diagonally between the radiator support and the fender on the side I was removing. After breaking the gasket loose , the head can be lifted onto the board, then you climb down, carefully avoiding the hood latch, and pick the head off the board, I then stood it on end on a Harbor Freight hand truck for transport.
On reinstalling, or my case installing different heads, the process was reversed, roll the head over, lift it onto the board now covered with clean shop rags, climb back up and when everything has been wiped off and the new gasket placed, pick up the head and set it carefully in place and torque it properly.
Bill AKA "LOBO" Profile
"Getting old is inevitable, growing up is optional"
Darth Vader 1986 F350 460 converted to MAF/SEFI, E4OD 12X3 1/2 rear brakes, traction loc 3:55 gear, 160 amp 3G alternator
Wife's 2011 Flex Limited
Daily Driver 2009 Flex Limited with factory tow package
Project car 1986 Chrysler LeBaron convertible 2.2L Turbo II, modified A413