well i got 3 of the cam gears off just by holding the flywheel in place, one was jumping teeth though so i stopped. the cam does in fact have a hex shape toward the front just inside of the head behind where the cam gear is basically. its big, like a 24mm or something. seems like the only way to break it loose... not surprised there's a specific tool for it but if i cant get one then hopefully a normal wrench is ok. not using any pliers anywhere though, haha.
here are some highlights from today...
took all the pulleys off except for the drivers side intake cam gear... the timing belt wouldnt hold it in place. ended up pulling off the passenger side head completely, and to my untrained eye i see nothing out of the ordinary so far.
again the full updated gallery is located at www.bryantroll.com/other/ej207