Damn the juice! I had a Rockstar energy drink yesterday morning and 10 minutes later decided I was going to do my cam swap myself and yesterday was the day to do it. I opted to pull the heads as i wanted to get to really tighten down the bolts on the exhaust manifolds and replace the head gaskets with some Cometic gaskets.
Currently both heads are off and the crank bolt is loose. I rented a compressor from Home Depot and bought a $25 impact gun from wally world for the crank pulley. The pulley puller I rented from Autozone seems to be leaving my bolt hanging about an inch short. I'll figure something out after some sleep.
I think every thread i've read on hemi cam swaps all say it's quite the ordeal, and I completely agree. I have not yet seen a cam swap DIY write up on a Jeep though, SRT8 or not. I can tell you that the write ups i've read on LX's and Rams seem a bit easier. Our wk's have got a lot of crap running into the radiator fan, radiator, etc... I got the radiator out, but the fan and ac condenser are still in. Hopefully they wont be in the way when the time comes to pull the cam.
One thing i kept worrying about after my engine was built was i felt the pushrods were too short. After reading up on people doing the 6.1L cam swap i found you have to use the 6.1L pushrods as it's cam has a smaller diameter and i just felt the shop didnt do that. Well when i compared the rods i pulled from the motor to the stock 6.1 rods i got from Interia they were about 1/8" shorter! So i can only imagine that means one of my valves was not opening as far as it should have been. So i am looking forward to some more power from the new cam as well as from having the correct pushrods.
Here's some progress pics: